Jerra's Journey

Everything happens for a reason, but we don't always know what that reason is.

I've been sick since the beginning of December in 2016. It ALL started with a bug bite... 

After two months, three ER visits, six (or more) doctor visits, chiropractic visits, an mri, and lots of pokes later I was directly admitted to Cincinnati Children's Hospital by a GI doctor. I had lost an unintentional 17 lbs in two months. My body was in complete survival mode.

After being in the hospital for 6 weeks, I left being told I had conversion disorder. Something was going to "click" and I was supposed to magically be myself again?

I followed doctors orders, but nothing ever clicked. I've made a few improvments, but some of my symptoms have gotten progressively worse. Things just weren't adding up. I have many debilitating symptoms that make it extremely difficult for me to function. 

I'm the ONLY person who knows my body, and I know something isn't right. I dont want to suffer any longer, so I decided to research Lymes Disease because someone had told me it sounded like what I was going through. Some of my doctors agreed that this could definitely be what's causing my symptoms.

My prayers are being answered! We might finally have an explanation to all this craziness!!!

ALL my symptoms started after I had a bug bite, which makes us believe even more so that I have it. "Lyme testing is very inaccurate and must be diagnosed clinically."

If I do have Lymes Disease, I did not get treated early on and it could be what's affecting my brain and cental nervous system to be out of whack. Things like this could be prevented if the medical field knew more about Lyme.

This picture is of me, 2 weeks before I got the bug bite. To think I could balance on my hands and now I struggle to balance on my feet is very upsetting.

Lymes is a serious disease that needs more awareness!

My mom and I will need to fly to Washington D.C to discuss treatment plans. The cost of treatment is outrageous, and has to be payed in cash! Going to D.C for treatment will be worth it because I will be seeing one of the top 3 Lyme experts in the world. I hate asking for money, but I'm not going to let the money aspect keep me from getting well. If you're able to donate, it would mean the world to me!!

Thanks to everyone who helps play a part in getting me back to health!


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Jerra Rakes 
Walton, KY
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