Chris + Lyme Mexico = Hope

As many of you know, Chris has struggled for the last decade of his life. Between ages 24 and 34, most young men are busy establishing careers, enjoying life, and starting families. Instead, he has been fighting  a mysterious and confusing illness eventually diagnosed as late-stage Lyme Disease.

He hasn’t had one second without pain in the last seven years. On a typical day, Chris is confronted with a long list of debilitating issues that he doesn’t understand. His gut doesn’t work. His brain doesn’t work like it used to. He’s constantly complaining of feeling like his spine and head are on fire or that there’s a knife in his back. To make things worse, he can’t sleep well if at all. All these things combined create an incredibly heavy emotional burden that leaves him feeling isolated and disconnected from life.

Chris has not been able to work since December of 2016. He has applied for disability, but was denied. He has spent a small fortune on this disease, but he’s at the end of his financial capabilities. His medical treatments, testing, and supplements are incredibly expensive because most are not covered by insurance.

While Chris continues to seek help in many places, his main physician is an MD based in Indianapolis who has been working hard for the past two years to help get him well. Many of his treatment protocols, if they help, have only helped for short periods of time. This has led to many conversations over the past several months entertaining treatments not available here in the States. Of the many options, a place simply called Lyme Mexico has risen to the top. Chris had a consult with the doctor at the center last week and was given a suggested treatment plan. The plan is approximately $16,600 to $21,000+. This does not include airfare to Mexico ($500?), accommodations for his 5-6 weeks stay ($3,200), food, etc. The total estimate may be around $25,000. It’s my understanding that he may not feel significantly better for about five months after, so he will still have follow-up treatments and supplements back home before he will (hopefully) be able to work again. We are asking for an additional $5,000 to get him through those months as well.

Could you help us raise $30,000 to get him through this treatment? Healing is not certain, but we need to give him the chance to try. Things are rolling quickly. He may begin treatment in early November (if not, then in January, 2019). We are asking for donations by October 31st. If you can donate sooner, that will be helpful as there are hold deposits to be made shortly.

If you wish to send money to him by mail, he is currently living with his grandparents in Cincinnati. You can contact him directly for that address if you would like. Feel free to follow up with Chris for more specific details regarding his medical journey as well.

Would you please also pray for Chris? He is incredibly discouraged. Since we have known him (Becca since 2011, and Susan since earlier in 2018), we have seen a significant decline in him. If you pass him in the store, he may give you a slight smile and say he’s doing okay. He is not. He feels like he is dying, but how do you say that in passing at Walmart? Most of his days involve many, many tears. It is not uncommon to find him with his face buried in a couch or bed, unable to function at all because his pain is too great. We see panic come across him when he begins shaking his legs and reaching for some herbs just for the hope that it might take the edge off his pain. (Pain killers don’t even help.) He often just cries out “help.” Help from those around him, and help from the Father. It’s misery.

This season is incredibly dark and painful. Would you consider checking in on him occasionally? It’s a very lonely road he is walking, and he loves hearing from you. Please pray God uses this treatment to get him better so he can truly live again.

In spite of seeing a smile on his face when seeing him in public, this is what many of his private moments are like.

Please visit the below for more information about the Lyme Mexico clinic.

Thank you so much for caring for our friend.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Becca Meyer 
Cincinnati, OH
Chris Rigney 
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