Our very close friends Siobhan and Clodagh Laffey were diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in August 2014. They had to travel to Germany to be tested as Ireland did not have the necessary tests to accurately diagnose this disease. The tests came back positive but the girls were still unable to receive treatment in Ireland so they had to rely on the clinic in Germany to treat their disease. Unfortunately because it was not diagnosed in Ireland, their health insurance does not cover any costs for their treatment.
Chronic Lyme Disease is a multi-systemic , debilitating, complex disease. It is an invisible chronic illness. It is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and you can become infected if a tick that carries the bacteria bites you.
The bacteria attacks all of the organ systems. Chronic Lyme Disease is called the "Great Imitator" and is often misdiagnosed as other conditions such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinsons.
Reliable diagnostic tests are not readily available in a lot of countries so people are often misdiagnosed during the early stages of Lyme Disease which leads them to develop Chronic Lyme Disease, as what happened with Clodagh and Siobhán.
Treatment includes antibiotics and supplements (the girls take over 50 tablets a day each) as well as additional therapies that work on building up and repairing the immune system. The length of treatment depends on the severity and stage of the diagnosis.
Their Symptoms include:
- Severe physical symptoms such as joint and muscle pain - Mild encephalopathy that causes cognitive impairments such as lack of concentration, memory impairments, difficulty following conversations, processing information, word retrieval etc. - Inflammation processes of the entire nervous system - Chronic Pain - Mental Tiredness - Chronic Exhaustion - Insomnia - Migraines
Siobhan and Clodagh are both battling hard, and we want to support them as best as we can. So with that in mind we are looking to raise a huge amount of money so that they can continue their treatment and beat this horrible disease once and for all. We are looking to take on the mighty Three Peak Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis mountain in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon in Wales, all in 24 hours!! We will be taking on the challenge on the 28th/29th May. To put this in perspective, we are all far from 'athletes' and so taking on not 1, not 2, but 3 mountains in the space of 24 hours is going to be an immense undertaking!
Although no doubt it will be a gruelling physical and mental challenge, it is absolutely nothing compared to what Siobhan and Clodagh battle through on a daily basis. So please please please dig deep and give as much as you can to support two amazing and inspirational friends of ours who need a little bit of help.
Thank you in advance for your generosity on behalf of Siobhan and Clodagh.