In July 2015, after overcoming a number of health challenges, things were coming together for Katy. She’d gotten her new business off the ground, and spent her free time serving children with disabilities, backpacking, and hanging out with her family and rescue dog, Nala.
But a year later, things quickly started coming undone. Katy was diagnosed with mold poisoning, thyroid autoimmune disease, and most daunting, chronic neurological Lyme.
Despite looking perfectly normal on the outside, the Lyme bacteria had begun wreaking havoc on Katy. Hiding inside her muscles, nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and vital organs is a bacteria, constantly attacking and damaging them, causing pain, rashes, fatigue, headaches, pins and needles, numbness, tremors, chest pain, nausea or dizziness. Sometimes symptoms last a day or two, and sometimes weeks without respite.
It wasn’t long before my strong, beautiful, and determined sister was becoming the face of chronic illness. 12-14 hours in bed. A dining room table full of pills. Depending on others for simple tasks like grocery shopping or laundry.
In April, Katy was in the hospital with an inflamed pancreas, an early stage of pancreatic failure. Most people who lose the battle with chronic neurological Lyme pass away due to organ failure, caused by an inability to filter the toxic load and fight Lyme bacteria at the same time. In some cases, pancreatitis is the first step down this dark path. This moment was a wake up call.
So, what’s the plan?
Katy’s body is no longer able to handle the detox and treatment protocols that she’d been using, as evidenced by the inflammation of her pancreas. Thankfully, with the help of several new friends, who have been able to put their chronic Lyme into remission, Katy discovered Sanoviv Medical Institute ( www.sanoviv.com), a world-renowned clinic, treating, among other chronic illnesses, Lyme disease.
With the support of her physician and the excellent staff and medical team at the clinic, they would like to bring Katy for treatment this July. Because chronic Lyme is progressive and continually adapting to treatments, trying to make its way to the brain and spinal cord, it’s imperative to stop it now, while there is still potential for reversal and remission. I am so hopeful that this treatment will be our game-changer.
How can you help?
Unfortunately, because chronic neurological Lyme disease treatment is not recognized by the CDC, treatments are not covered by insurance. The cost of the three week protocol that Katy will require is nearly $30,000. After the past year’s worth of treatments, Katy’s savings is down to nothing and she risks losing her business, along with her health.
If you’ve ever met Katy, you know that she’s one of the most generous, vibrant, and loving people you’ll ever get to know. Are you able to join the mission of helping my 27 year old sister get her life back?
Every donation helps.
Every prayer, healing thought, and well wish means so much.
All support makes a difference, even sharing this campaign on your Facebook wall will spread the word. #katybiteslyme
Can we please show Katy that, even in this invisible illness, her community is anything but hidden?
Thank you for any and all ways you can become involved in this campaign!
- Terry Furgerson
- Kathy Miller
- Annie Rose
- Gay Lynn Harmacek
Organizer and beneficiary
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