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Blaine's Treatment for Lyme Disease

$21,745 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 206 people in 14 months
Created July 15, 2017

With the financial hardships brought on from his illness, Blaine is now in imminent danger of losing his home and studio. Blaine designed and built everything himself. It was a dream of his since he was a child and now he is in danger of losing everything. He has not been able to work in over a year and doesn't know when he will be able to return. Your further support could mean the difference in Blaine keeping his home, continuing his medical treatments, and getting back to the work he loves.



After 18 months of debilitating pain that has halted his craft as a potter, Blaine finally has a diagnosis. So, yay!

Although he is very grateful to finally give it a name, we've come to learn that Lyme Disease is a very mysterious and difficult disease to treat.

Because of the late diagnosis, Blaine's symptoms are considered chronic and will require a treatment beyond that of a primary care physician.
Most specialists do not except health incsurance since Chronic Lyme is not recognized by the CDC and anti-biotics alone often fail to provide a cure. What's needed is a more wholistic approach to healing that will combine several therapy options into one that is right for Blaine.

Unfortunately, due to the physical disability over the past eight months, Blaine has not been able to make pots and market Avery Pottery and Tile Works to maintain his career while being a single father to his 11 year old son. If your not familiar with Blaine or his work learn more about him at: http://averypotteryandtileworks.blogspot.com/
www.facebook.com/BlaineMAvery/

Blaine is actively searching for the best Lyme literate specialist in our area but is also open to travel. Since the disease is already established in his body, he's in a lot of discomfort and the urgency of starting the treatment is imperitive.

I know Blaine well and I can say this type of fundraising is a tough step for him. He would appreciate any amount one could offer and it could be the difference between his being able to keep his home and business while treating this illness.

Wishing love and peace in your own lives, and a million thank yous from Blaine and myself (Kim!!).










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I had another appointment with Dr Jemsek in Washington DC. Dr Jemsek was concerned. He said I should of seen more improvement by now. This really worries me. Some days I feel slightly better but those days are few and far between and the neurological pain and severe fatigue always returns.

Dr Jemsek changed my medication in the hope that, with this new protocol I will begin to see some more improvement. The longer it takes to see improvement only delays when I can get back to the work I love and begin to enjoy life again. 

I am incredibly grateful for all the wonderful support and out pouring of love. I have tried to thank everyone personally but if you haven't heard from me please know I am so thankful for your generosity, positive healing thoughts, and well wishes.

If everyone could please do one more thing. Share my Go Fund Me Page on social media and any other way you can. The more it is shared, the greater the audience and the closer we'll be to the goal!
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I am so grateful for all the support thus far. It is overwhelming. The kindness and outpouring of support truly amazes me. The money raised so far has helped me seek proper medical treatment and pay my living expenses during this trying time.
I have been seeing a well respected Dr in Washington DC and am seeing some improvement from his treatment. I am also seeing a neurologist who is dealing with nerve damage in my arm and legs as a result of Lyme disease. Currently, she is working to determine if the damage will improve or worsen.
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Hi Friends. A quick update on Blaine. Luckily he was able to see Dr. Franczak, a Lyme doctor that comes highly recommended in Chapel Hill. She put him on an antibiotic treatment that seemed to be helping a tiny bit.
They like to keep an eye on liver function with an intake of that many antibiotics. Unfortunately, Blane's liver test came back with elevated numbers, so, she took him off some of the antibiotics which has made him feel pretty bad.

Blaine is now considering treatment in the northern part of the US where Lyme treatment is more prominent. Again, the issue is that they do not accept insurance. That's where your kind donations have been so helpful.

Hope this update finds you and your loved ones well.

- Kim
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Latest update from Blaine:
Update, I spent much of yesterday in the ER for heart problems related to Lyme. Saw a neurologist a few days ago and was diagnosed with neurological Lyme, which I already knew but no Dr's believed me. And I finally have an appointment with a Lyme specialist next week.
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