Artist Needs Lyme Disease Treatment

Julia Burns is a vibrant and talented artist who is only 30 years old. This insidious disease has stolen years of creativity from her.  Here is the story in her words. (Cover Photo: Julia Burns and her mother Susan Easton Burns, 2014.)

If you don’t stop Lyme disease in the first week after being bit by a tick, it turns into chronic Lyme.   I have developed chronic Lyme disease.   About 10 years ago, I was bit by a tick.  (Many people are not aware of a tick bite).   I began having painful symptoms but no doctor could tell me what it was from for about 5 years.   I was misdiagnosed with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and ankylosing spondylitis.

After finding out I have Lyme I have tried many different treatments.  I’ve been on many different antibiotics, and natural protocols.  One difficulty with antibiotics is that the side effects are often equally damaging to the body as the Lyme bacteria.    Nothing has brought me back to good health in 5 years.  I have some good days and am able to get by, but now I have pain in my joints every day. 

Lyme is a parasitic bacteria.  It crosses the blood brain barrier, and now I am experiencing neurological symptoms.   There is a treatment at a German cancer clinic where they have had some success with Lyme patients.   The treatment is called hyperthermia.   It will take two weeks for treatment and several months for recuperation.   My body will be heated to 107, which kills off certain bacteria. I have applied to the clinic and am waiting to hear if the doctors think they can help me.

Julia has no health insurance and the amount we are trying to raise will be used for airfare, treatment, and post treatment recuperation. Julia has been in contact with other Lyme sufferers who have had the treatment and have seen improvement.

Organizer and beneficiary

Louanne Wirth Rozek
Marietta, GA
Mark Burns

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