In July, 2017, our friend, step-dancer Kieran Jordan got sick with a “flu” that never went away. Symptoms included debilitating fatigue and body aches, night sweats and insomnia, low blood sugars, nausea and low appetite, tingling, twitching, shooting pains, anxiety and palpitations.
In April, after seeing eight doctors and many holistic therapists, she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Like many people with Lyme, Kieran was never aware of the tick bite and never had the classic circular rash. Lyme is often missed or misdiagnosed because the symptoms can be vast and can look like many other illnesses. Late-detection can make the disease more difficult to treat and heal.
Kieran is now seeing a Lyme-literate nurse practitioner and receiving antibiotic treatment. Her visits, specialized lab tests, and treatment are not covered by insurance. This comes after nine months of illness and distress, which have forced her to give up much of the work she loves — teaching jobs, performances, and more.
Kieran and her husband Vincent are both self-employed and an illness like this brings overwhelming financial stress. They have made incredible contributions to our flourishing Boston music/dance/art scene and it is times like THESE when we, as a community, are able to give back and help ease the burden.
Funds raised will go directly towards recouping out-of-pocket medical costs and lost income, and for continuing expenses including non-covered doctors’ visits, lab tests, and supportive therapies for Lyme Disease treatment.