We are asking for your help. Please take a few minutes to see life through Angela Clark’s eyes, and to see how Lyme disease can become a chronic illness and can take away almost everything that’s important to you. This disease is called chronic neurological Lyme disease.
In 2008 you were a dynamic, dedicated, hard-working young woman. You graduated from college with a degree in psychology, followed by a second degree in nursing. You became a Registered Nurse, and you had plans to pursue your studies to become a Nurse Practitioner.
But you’re not feeling well, and you suffer from severe pain in your joints and bones. The pain is excruciating, intense, debilitating and unrelenting. There is never a moment that you are free of pain.
By early 2009 you are 100% bedridden and weak, and you have to rely on family, friends, neighbors and even strangers to help with everyday tasks that many others take for granted. You are unable to work, and the family income suddenly is half of what it used to be. You can’t shop for groceries, care for your family or perform the other tasks of daily living.
You have difficulty regulating your body temperature, and you become hypersensitive to light and sound. You can’t wash your own hair or take a bath unassisted. You suffer from mental fogginess and can’t concentrate, and you are weak and have lost all motivation in life.
A deep depression sets in. Nothing seems to lift it except cuddling with your young son. But the disease is also taking its toll on him. He worries constantly about his mother, and he wonders if she will ever get well.
The disease is gradually destroying your body. The medical bills start to pile up as you see numerous physicians, some of them located in other cities, in the hope of finding an answer. A recent single visit to a specialist doctor’s office cost $800. Just getting to the doctors’ offices becomes a herculean task. The physicians are all very nice, but they differ widely on their opinions of what the problem could be.
Some additional costs that Angie is facing:
** Medicines and supplies: $700/month
** Doctors: $300-$500/month
** Dental, due to medicines damaging teeth: $3,000-$5,000/year
** Household help: $1,400/month
** Loss of self-worth: Incalculable
Finally, in 2009 you are diagnosed with chronic neurological Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. You now have a diagnosis, but getting well seems like it will never happen. You remain ill and bedridden to this day.
Health insurance is of no help. Prolonged treatment for chronic Lyme disease is considered “experimental and investigational,” so there is no coverage. Doctors who deviate from this medical opinion, especially if they prescribe antibiotics, can be censured.
Many chronic Lyme patients have reported that they get better with alternative medicine therapies, supplements and herbals. You’re trying them, and they are helping. But insurance doesn’t cover natural products or alternative therapies.
Lyme disease is a national health crisis, and Angie is living this crisis every day. Can you please help with a small donation? All funds from this solicitation will be used to pay for Angie’s mounting medical bills.
With Love and heartfelt thanks from Angie’s friends and family.
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