In July of 2016, I was diagnosed with Late Stage/Chronic Lyme Disease, along with a protozoan infection called Babesiosis, mold toxicity, and a possible Bartonella infection. Because of poor medical awareness in Upstate NewYork, I was misdiagnosed and went untreated for seven years. I saw numerous of specialists, underwent dozens of testing, studies, and labs. I went from being active, positive, taking advanced science courses in Middle and Freshmen year of high school and maintaining high grades, to barely being able to walk, talk, shower, think- all the basic functions of daily living. I have been in and out of the emergency room numerous times with no relief of my pain, muscle spasms, and inability to digest even simple foods, damage to the central nervous system, and numerous of my organs including my liver, adrenals, gut tract, just naming a few.
Thanks to wonderful doctors such as Dr. Steven Harris, Dr. Mischa Grieder, and others supporting my care, I am happy to say that I have made small steps of progress, and on the path to recovery, the end is in sight.
This road to recovery, however, has come at a price. Trips from New York to San Francisco, bloodwork, antibiotics, medications, IV treatments, supplements, hospital visits, just naming a few, has incurred a large debt. Due to my inability to work, I am unable to financially provide for myself, causing a heavy financial burden on my family. This has limited in receiving much-needed treatments and medications from world-renowned Lyme-Literate doctors, and prolonging the chances of successfully recovering from this horrendous infection.
I firmly believe in setting goals to maintain a positive attitude, and to maintain a desire to continue striving for success from a problem. I plan on traveling, engaging in international volunteer and relief work, entering the field of medical research, and to someday pay back what my family has sacrificed for my health.
Any contributions I promise, will be greatly appreciated.
- Dawn Dupree
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