Help Cynthia turn Lyme into Lyme-aide!!

On behalf of my mother, Cynthia Knight, I'd like to ask for your support. Recently, my beautiful mom and friend was diagnosed with chronic late stage Lyme disease. She has suffered many years, maybe even decades, not realizing she had Lyme disease. She saw dozens of doctors and was misdiagnosed several times until she found Andrew Petersen, D.O. in Provo, Utah, who has experience diagnosing and treating Lyme disease. In November 2013, she was officially diagnosed and began treatment that could take 2-3 years for her full recovery.

Lyme disease can be debilitating, and for many even fatal. Severe symptoms in late stage Lyme cause many co-infections too long to list, and my mom tested positive for all of them. Some of the severest symptoms include chronic pain throughout her entire body but most prominent on the left side of her neck, face, jaw, shoulders, and ribcage (pain so intense it often brings her to tears), crippling fatigue and weakness (not able to get out of bed on some days, and has rarely left the house for the past year), adrenal fatigue (not able to produce any and all hormones, from serotonin needed for sleep to cortisol needed to cope with stress), constant nausea and vomiting (at times so violent, she has passed out), dystonia in her muscles (uncontrollable muscle contraction that cause much of the chronic pain), migraine headaches, sleep stage disorders and insomnia, bells palsy, and other migrating numbness in extremities, heart palpitations, blood coagulation issues, tremors and electrical jolts throughout her body, and neurological symptoms such as disorientation and confusion (causing an inability to drive and work). My mom also has heavy metals, which require detoxing her home and body before the bacteria can be killed.

MOST URGENT! My mom needs aggressive treatment soon in the form of a PICC line that will administer antibiotics through an IV treating the bacteria that has spread to her heart, brain, and every organ in her body. It will allow her to administer the antibiotic at home instead of expending the energy to travel to the doctor's office, and this treatment will be more cost effective, too. Treatment for Lyme causes flu-like symptoms, known as Jarisch Herxheimer reactions, and as a result, the illness gets much worse before getting better. My mom is willing to be treated aggressively and due to her desire for healing and wellness, she is devoted to get increasingly worse, before getting better. Lyme disease caused her immune system to stop fighting, and led to two required surgeries because of signs of cancer and other serious infections, a hysterectomy in 2012 and a tonsillectomy in 2013.


Besides her medical bills, and an expensive monthly insurance premium she needs for other emergencies and medication, my mother has experienced financial ruin in other ways, too. Expenses from raising children to school loans for education and living expenses, to the loss of life savings from the illegal foreclosure of her home in 2012, and much more, led me to this needed fundraiser.

If you wish to read more of her entire personal story, continue by clicking on the following link, and click on "ABOUT" and read  long version.

She wishes to dedicate this campaign to her four children, Alex (Emily), Chelsey (Corey), Spencer, and Nelson: the treasures of her life, and her two special, angelic grandsons, Jackson and Garrett, who keep a smile on her face always. She testifies to the scripture, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth" (3 John 1:4, New Testament of the Bible).

With the current season of spring and the holiday of Easer around the corner, combined with what they represent: rebirth, regrowth, the atonement of Jesus Christ, along with my mom's birthday on April 11, join my family and me in giving the best birthday gift possible. Please help my mother succeed triumphantly to begin a new spring like beginning and a fresh new start of life!

Please consider donating what you can and help my mom turn the sourness of Lyme disease into the future sweetness of Lyme-aide. We can accomplish this goal. Thank you for taking the time to read her story and my family's personal experiences with her.

Kindest regards,

Chelsey Knight Neilson

The following links are powerful documentaries about the truth of Lyme disease. The first is entitled "Under My Skin," and the second documentary is about Angeli VanLaanen, who suffered Lyme, took three years off for treatment and from training as an olympic athlete, and then accomplished her goal of qualifying for the US Olympic Team, competing in Sochi, recently.

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Cynthia Nelson Knight 
Salt Lake City, UT
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