Help Kristen Survive Lyme

Hi friends.  You probably haven't heard from me in too long, and that is not intentional. Many apologies for being out of touch. I have been struggling for years with rapidly declining health, and I chose to suffer in silence, but I'm not doing that anymore.  I desperately want to live again, and I need help and support to do that.



I've been sick for over seven years now and have seen so many doctors. It's a very long story, so to put it simply, my body and my brain are broken. I'm fighting Late-Stage Lyme Disease, Endometriosis, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Severe Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Myositis, Dysautonomia and Fibroids. These monsters cause pain storms that are indescribable. I've been totally disabled for four years, and I have had a constant fever for that time too. It's an ongoing battle with debilitating fatigue, wipespread severe pain, brain fog, neurological issues, muscle twitching and spasming, extreme weakness, migraines, dizziness, vision problems, and disturbances in heart rhythm. I could go on, but you get the idea. I'm basically bedridden and forced to live a life on the sidelines. If you know me at all, you know that's heartbreaking for me.



I was finally diagnosed with Late-Stage Lyme Disease with co-infections in February 2017, and we believe that's the root cause of most of these awful symptoms. There is no cure, but I'm blessed to have amazing doctors and nurses that really care. We've tried different antibiotic treatments, and those didn't work. I'm doing IV ozone treatments now. It helped my brain fog a little at the beginning, but I haven't seen any other improvements yet. Lyme is incredibly frustrating because treatments are not covered by insurance, and they are all experimental. Every lymie is different. What works for one person may not do anything for another.



The last two years were extremely difficult for a number of reasons, but I have survived so far. I made a vow to try everything I can this year to see if I can have some sort of life again. It may not be possible, but I'm determined to try. That's where I need your help. I will likely need more experimental IV treatments, and those run in the thousands. Medications and supplements cost hundreds per month. Your donations will help with mounting medical costs and healthy living expenses. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated. And, of course, if I make it through all this sickness and pain, I plan to help others fighting chronic diseases. I already have many ideas.



I am very blessed to have such wonderful friends. I will keep you updated on the process. I hope this fundraiser will be a good chance to reconnect with many of you. I'm always around, so contact me anytime. I always have plenty of TV recommendations! Thank you in advance for helping me in my time of need. Please pass this along. I’m grateful for any and all the help I can get.



The sick life:
Best nurse dog ever
My kitchen pharmacy. I have 2 smaller ones in the bedroom and bathroom
IV ozone 
Amazing care team



Before becoming disabled:

  • Hutchinson Sarah 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Robert Jorgensen 
    • $250 
    • 5 mos
  • Vivek Boray 
    • $501 
    • 10 mos
  • Mark H Stowers 
    • $50 (Offline)
    • 18 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 18 mos
See all

Organizer

Kristen Strawbridge 
Organizer
Chicago, IL
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