In June of 2015, my dad started having serious headaches and had a droopiness and numbness on the left side of his face. Upon arrival at the hospital, doctors initially thought that he had suffered from a stroke. After CT scans and MRI scans both came up clear, they sent him on his way. Symptoms had continued to worsen and after hours of research and months of unsucessful doctors visits, blood work was sent over to Germany and it was confirmed that he did in fact have Lyme Disease. The branch of Lyme Disease that is living in my dad is an auto immune disease that kills living cells and then lives inside of them, essentially slowly taking over the body. My dad is 2 years into his fight and the symptoms are worsening quickly and will eventually cause him to be bed ridden should he not receive treatment. Where the issue arises is that Lyme Disease is not recognized in Canada and most doctors refuse to talk about it with my dad, let alone treat him for it. Instead of receiving treatment, he is turned away and told nothing is wrong with him, that it is all in his head.
My dad is currently taking many natural herbs and vitamins to help him due to the fact that the disease is also causing damage to important parts of his body, like his liver, not allowing for pharmaceutical treatment such as antibiotics to be used; his body simply cannot handle it. The disease has caused a paralysis and numbness on the left side of his face, he has a constant fog in his brain and sometimes has trouble forming simple sentences. He has very low energy due to the fact that his body is constantly fighting against itself. Performing simple tasks like marking his tests from school takes absolutely everything out of him.
My dad is a family guy, he loves to be around and do stuff with his family. This disease is ruining that. I am lucky enough that I share my love for the Montreal Canadiens with him, and after going to watch a game when our favorite team is in town he needs a few days to recover and regain his energy. Going to watch my younger brothers' soccer games takes everything out of him. My brothers and I love our dad more than words can express, he is goofy and loving and talented and smart. He is my hero and my rock. I believe that my dad was born to teach, he loves his job more than anyone I have ever met, he loves to coach and to teach his kids at school and it breaks my heart that because of his illness he was forced to take a leave of work. Our dad is a bright person, he believes in constant adventure and always learning and he adores the outdoors and being active. This disease is dulling his light. He can't go out and go on adventures with his kids anymore because he doesn't have the energy or his body hurts.
After 4 MRIs, numerous CT scans and visits with countless doctors including neurologists, infectious disease specialists, general practitioners and naturopaths to name a few, our only option now is to seek treatment outside of Canada.
The required treatment down in the States could be provided to my dad anywhere from November 2017 to January 2018 as there is a 4-6 month waiting period. All of the donations will go directly to funding that trip which includes travel, hotel stay and the cost of treatment itself. Without donations, my dad will not be able to receive the treament as we do not have the funds available to us.
If you have read this far, thank you from the bottom of my heart. My father is the best man I know and my bestfriend and it breaks my heart to see him suffer like this. All donations are greatly appreciated, please help us get our husband, father and hero back...
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