Lindsay's Treatment Fund

In August of 2016, Lindsay began experiencing symptoms of extreme fatigue, constant headaches, and changes in vision. She saw an ophthalmologist who suggested that she get an MRI and see a neurologist due to being suspicious of MS. After 3 neurology examinations and an invasive spinal tap, MetroHealth Neurology presented inconclusive results and she was told to monitor her symptoms and return. 

Lindsay’s vision continued to worsen, as did her headaches, as she began experiencing other symptoms such as GI issues and migrating joint and muscle pain. She visited with her gastroenterologist who performed a CT Scan of her abdomen and a colonoscopy. Although polyps and enlarged lymph nodes were found, answers continued to seem unclear. 

As time went on, symptoms started to worsen and Lindsay’s primary care physician began extensive bloodwork to find the root cause. On March 17, 2017, 7 months after beginning to experience symptoms and searching for a diagnosis, she received a phone call from her PCP’s office confirming that she had Lyme Disease. 

Unfortunately, Lyme Disease testing and treatment is extremely flawed, as CDC guidelines suggest a 21 day course of antibiotics to rid your body of the disease. Lindsay was placed on IV antibiotics for one month and only continued to decline in health. 

After that treatment had failed her, she sought out a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor and made an appointment only to find that the wait would be 8 months. Knowing that she could not function for the next 8 months without treatment, she began seeking help from a naturopathic physician who has had experience treating Lyme. 

Although this doctor had helped her make improvements during the past 8 months, and helped her find that she had other diagnoses such as Bartonella, Babesia, and Mold Illness on top of Lyme, she was not making great strides like we had hoped. Due to this, she began treating with the Lyme Literate Medical Doctor in December of 2017. 

Just a few weeks ago, Lindsay became very ill and was hospitalized. Due to this, she had to discontinue all treatments for the past two weeks. So far, no doctor has been able to provide us with answers as to why she has recently been declining in health. So much so, that she has been unable to work as a school counselor, a career that she cherishes, in weeks and may not be able to return until she has made improvement.

Lindsay and our family have been looking out of state for specialists who have experience in treating Lyme Disease, co-infections, and mold illness. We are hopeful that a specialist will be able to help Lindsay with her current, defeating neurological and cardiovascular issues that have occurred due to these illnesses. Unfortunately, most of these specialists do not accept insurance and require out of pocket payments. So far, our family has spent thousands of dollars between finding a diagnosis, 20+ emergency room visits, and treatments with specialists in this past year alone. 

We know and understand that many individuals are facing hardships and have struggles, so we appreciate any amount that you are able to donate at this time that will help Lindsay to seek out, travel to, and pay for the treatment that she needs to become a healthy 27 year old female again! Lindsay, myself, and our family cannot thank you enough for your contribution and wish all of you health, happiness, and blessings.


Donations

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  • Chelsea Fredrickson 
    • $50 
    • 37 mos
  • Melanie Bucciarelli  
    • $100 
    • 38 mos
  • Ginger Taft 
    • $50 
    • 38 mos
  • Michele McLaughlin  
    • $50 
    • 38 mos
  • Jen Gonda 
    • $50 
    • 38 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jennifer DeVecchio Stanko 
Organizer
New Springfield, OH
Lindsay DeVecchio 
Beneficiary
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