Earlier this year, Amy was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease. As the Australian Medical Association do not yet recognise this as a disease in Australia, Amy has to source and fund her own treatment in Europe. She needs weekly medication for her pre and post treatment, multiple weekly medical appointments and she also needs funding to attend the Lyme and Cancer Clinic in Germany or Switzerland which will cost around $100,000AUD.
Amy has gone through so much physical, emotional and psychological stress and needs any support she can get to heal from this debilitating disease.
Amy's journey began three years ago when she returned from a trip to the jungle in Thailand where it is thought she got a tick bite. She doesn't remember being bitten, however she came back to Australia with severe vomiting, a rash and flulike symptoms. Upon arrival to Australia, she was taken straight to hospital to be told that she had dehydration and was discharged.
A few months later, Amy woke up with Bell's Palsy like symptome with a paralysed face. This was recurrent and still occurs now. Last year whilst working at her school, she had a scare and was rushed to hospital by ambulance as they thought that she had a stroke. Since then, Amy suffers from severe migraines and her fatigue is much worse.
Earlier this year, her symptoms worsened and she had a facial setback, the neurological issues became more complicated as she was unable to speak. Upon rehabilitation, her speech was slurred and her migratory joint and muscle pain became acute. Amy saw new doctors and specialists who suggested Lyme Disease testing.
Amy sent her blood to Germany and received a positive reading on many strands for Borrelia (Lyme Disease).
We are currently in the process of getting her co-infections tested and confirmed but Amy needs to seek overseas treatment to be able to go into remission and heal.
Some days, I have to help her shower and go to the bathroom. This degenerative and debilitating disease is literally taking the life out of her. I see her go through cycles of being happy and hiding her pain to days and even weeks where she is restricted to her bed and unable to construct sentences. On top of all of this, seeing my daughter go through this breaks my heart.
Amy has always been the bright light in every single room. She was the one who would do anything for absolutely anyone; including spending holidays in orphanges, patrolling beaches, teaching children and helping those in need. She had so much energy and so much love to share with the world. Seeing her so drained of life is heartbreaking.
Amy is a Primary School Teacher who is amazing at what she does. She has always lived to teach and teaching is her world. As time goes by, her ability to give back lessens and this disease and co-infections could have a fatal ending if treatment is not accessed.
Any donation, large or small will be recieved with gratitude and go immediately toward this treatment to give her back the life that she is losing.
- Marilyn Barnett
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