My younger cousin, Connor (19 years of age) has finally been diagnosed with Lyme Disease after 6 years of being poked and prodded by hundreds of doctors and nurses. A bittersweet victory on his journey for a successful recovery from this awful disease.
Over the course of 6 years Connor has already been through invasive brain surgery, extensive sinus surgery, experimental drug treatments and endless non conclusive testing while our Canadian doctors refused to test for Lyme disease. Connor, and his Mom entrusted our Health Care system to properly diagnose and treat him as anyone would. His health continues to decline and he is now substantially debilitated with organ & brain dis-function, hearing & sight failure, extreme crippling arthritic like condition, a constant migraine, bone pain, and the list goes on.
After countless days of phone calls and emails, we were able to find a private clinic within Calgary to do the testing and possible diagnosis, costing well over 2000$. On February 5, 2014 Connors' results came back, and he tested positive for Lyme disease.
Once you finally find out the diagnosis, you consider it a blessing and are reassured by that diagnosis, in hopes of being able to cure the sickness. Not in the case of Lyme Disease. We soon discovered that in Canada, Doctors are not allowed to treat Lyme as it "doesn't exist" in our country. That discovery was both shocking and incredibly infuriating to our family as our healthcare system was basically telling us there is nothing they could do for Connor and he is stuck suffering.
Since the diagnosis, and after countless hours, and days of researching, reading, and listening to others within Canada that are also suffering from this disease, it has been an eye opening experience to discover Connor must now travel to the United States to do his treatments at a reputable clinic with experienced doctors to continue to fight this terrible disease if he wants the outcome successful. His family are doing all they can to support and help with any costs, but it is getting incredibly expensive and they need some help. The treatment Connor needs has an average cost of $3000- $5000 on a weekly basis. Connor, his mother, Jill, sister Kayleigh, and extended family are more than thankful for any help Connor receives. Anything is a step in the right direction for Connor getting proper treatment for this disease.
Thank you for reading and supporting Connor in his incredibly difficult battle with Lyme Disease.
- Devin & Kit Vanwart & Humphries
- Brianna Harper
- Colton T
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