HELP!-Eddi's LYME DISEASE Treatment

EDDI'S STORY:
Eddi has been dealing with Lyme and all of it's related symptoms and side affects for at least 15 years, probably longer. For most of this time, she has struggled with daily activities. Off and on, Lyme has caused her to be bed ridden with excruciating flu-like symptoms, searing headaches, severe back and muscle pain, stomach and heart issues, difficulties sleeping and "brain fog", a lyme condition that makes it _______hard _____to ______think ______and ______find _______the ______words ______to complete sentences. She also has FIVE different parasites common in Lyme patients. Most people don't know how sick Eddi has been. She has not shared with many people that she has been battling Lyme and doesn't like to talk about the symptoms or struggles she faces daily. She tries to push herself to go out, see friends, and join in things that are important to her.  She hasn't wanted to give in to this disease. So if you've been around her and she seems like everything is fine it is because EDDI IS A FIGHTER and an OVERCOMER!
Eddi did not get the proper diagnosis, a CDC Confirmed Western Blot positive Lyme test,  until November of 2013. This was after years of many misdiagnoses and  attempts to treat individual symptoms with several hospitalizations. In December 2013, she started being treated for Lyme using traditional medical approaches which were not successful.  


This video below is from the same drop of blood as the one shown above. It shows a spirokeet, the result of the Lyme infected tick bite. 


Beginning in September 2016, she was no longer able to function well or on some days, function at all. She was declining rapidly and the symptoms became overwhelming after the first of the year. 
After reaching the limits of what doctors in Cincinnati can provide, her doctor recommeded a more agressive treatment regimen at a clinic in Florida. 

THE TREATMENT PLAN:
Eddi has been in treatment for just over 7 weeks. We pay with cash or credit cards each day for the treatments as they are not covered by insurance. We have had a small fundraising campaign in January which has been helpful.
Eddi is in the middle of multiple types of I.V. treatments 3-4 days a week, along with supplements and immune system supporting therapies. These take 4-6 hours a day. She must complete this treatment plan over the next 8 weeks (approx. depending on responses). This is a critical time as we are seeing improvements and excellent uptake/increases on the dosages.

BAD NEWS:
 I (Bill) received the news that my job was being moved to Belfast, Ireland, and as a result I have been laid off effective immediately. As you can imagine this severly impacts our funds situation and our ability to complete these urgently needed treatments.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
We are in need of an additional $18,150 to complete the treatments her doctor has laid out. SHE HAS TO COMPLETE THESE TREATMENTS WITHOUT STOPPING. All of these funds go directly to paying the daily office visits since these are not covered by insurance. We must raise this ASAP. Her treatments cannot be disrupted and our financial picture is now severly impacted.
Will You Help? Any amount is so appreciated. 
We have had a small fundraising campaign in January which has been helpful.
(As our first effort to raise funds was anonymous to us we do not know who has given... so....THANKS to those of you who have helped! You have been a blessing! For those of you who are familiar with our journey, you can see an explanation of the financial position here-->> https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/geteddiwell  )

We are extremely hopeful for the outcome. We are believing for a complete cure! She is ready to have her life back! I'm ready to have my wife back! :-)

Thanks for caring and for your prayers and financial gifts! We <3 you all!
Unreasonably Optimistic!

Bill and Eddi
#BreakthroughAndHealingin2017
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