We were devastated to learn recently that my 7 year old niece Angelina was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, a spirochetal infection which is usually transmitted by a tick bite.
Angelina's parents recently tested her for Lyme disease due to a sudden onset of unexplained seizures, choking episodes, dizziness and migratory joint pain and inflammation. Having suffered from Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome for several years, the strong positive lab result of a Lyme infection suggests that Angelina has had Lyme for several years but with more severe symptoms only emerging recently.
Once a person is beyond the acute (beginning) phase of the infection, the dissemination of the illness can cause severe joint and muscle pain, arthritis, neurological symptoms, brain fog, chronic fatigue, seizures, carditis, vision problems, meningitis symptoms, neck pain, head pain, depression, anxiety, cognitive difficulties, learning difficulties, mood disturbances, breathing problems, swallowing problems, sound sensitivity, light sensitivity, gastrointestinal problems, night sweats, chronic inflammation and much more.
Antibiotic treatment has a very limited ability to eradicate disseminated lyme disease. Sadly, Angelina's father has himself suffered from Lyme disease for several years and was treated with an IV antibiotic PICC line for several months in an effort to restore some of his health. However, coming off the antibiotics only made him relapse, and the long-term effects of continuous antibiotic use were very harsh and damaging to his body.
Angelina just started 6 weeks of antibiotics and soon after that, we hope to treat both Angelina and her father with a new treatment technology by purchasing a machine made in the U.S. that has helped many Lyme sufferers achieve up to a 90% improvement in symptoms. Unfortunately, this treatment technology is not covered by Medicare as the Canadian medical system is very slow to advance in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme, leading to terrible, long-term suffering.
The funds raised will allow Angelina’s mother (my sister Randa) to purchase the machine that will provide the new treatment for Angelina and her dad, as well as supplemental treatments that will provide immune system support. The combination of the machine and treatments will cost $20,000 CAD.
Angelina is such a vivacious, positive, talkative, little girl who loves to dance and learn martial arts. I pray that she will be spared from the more debilitating effects of Lyme disease. Please join us to help our adorable Angelina and her family in their challenging journey of healing. Thank you!
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