Help Kristen Survive Lyme

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Raised by 190 people in 16 months
Hi friends.  You probably haven't heard from me in too long, and that is not intentional. Many apologies for being out of touch. I have been struggling for years with rapidly declining health, and I chose to suffer in silence, but I'm not doing that anymore.  I desperately want to live again, and I need help and support to do that.

I've been sick for over seven years now and have seen so many doctors. It's a very long story, so to put it simply, my body and my brain are broken. I'm fighting Late-Stage Lyme Disease, Endometriosis, Severe Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Myositis, Dysautonomia and Fibroids. These monsters cause pain storms that are indescribable. I've been totally disabled for four years, and I have had a constant fever for that time too. It's an ongoing battle with debilitating fatigue, wipespread severe pain, brain fog, neurological issues, muscle twitching and spasming, extreme weakness, migraines, dizziness, vision problems, and disturbances in heart rhythm. I could go on, but you get the idea. I'm basically bedridden and forced to live a life on the sidelines. If you know me at all, you know that's heartbreaking for me.

I was finally diagnosed with Late-Stage Lyme Disease with co-infections in February 2017, and we believe that's the root cause of most of these awful symptoms. There is no cure, but I'm blessed to have amazing doctors and nurses that really care. We've tried different antibiotic treatments, and those didn't work. I'm doing IV ozone treatments now. It helped my brain fog a little at the beginning, but I haven't seen any other improvements yet. Lyme is incredibly frustrating because treatments are not covered by insurance, and they are all experimental. Every lymie is different. What works for one person may not do anything for another.

The last two years were extremely difficult for a number of reasons, but I have survived so far. I made a vow to try everything I can this year to see if I can have some sort of life again. It may not be possible, but I'm determined to try. That's where I need your help. I will likely need more experimental IV treatments, and those run in the thousands. Medications and supplements cost hundreds per month. Your donations will help with mounting medical costs and healthy living expenses. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated. And, of course, if I make it through all this sickness and pain, I plan to help others fighting chronic diseases. I already have many ideas.

I am very blessed to have such wonderful friends. I will keep you updated on the process. I hope this fundraiser will be a good chance to reconnect with many of you. I'm always around, so contact me anytime. I always have plenty of TV recommendations! Thank you in advance for helping me in my time of need. Please pass this along. I’m grateful for any and all the help I can get.

The sick life:
Best nurse dog ever
My kitchen pharmacy. I have 2 smaller ones in the bedroom and bathroom
IV ozone 
Amazing care team

Before becoming disabled:

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Today is #GivingTuesday. I’m still holding on, but I really need your help to keep going. I started this fundraiser in February, and I’ve had to start and stop a few times. It takes quite a bit of energy to put myself out there, but I am dedicated to raising awareness about this horrible disease. I don’t want anyone else to suffer like this. I’m blessed to have some wonderful people helping with my disability claims, but it’s still an ongoing process. Please help me hit the goal and finish this fundraiser. I am eternally grateful for everyone that has helped me this year. I couldn’t have made it this far without you. Please donate if you can and share to spread the word. Thank you so much!
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Hi friends,
I wish I had some good news to share, but I’m still here, so that’s something. It has been a difficult summer. My endometriosis was jealous of all the attention I had been giving to lyme, so it took me all the way down. I had surgery in June to treat endo and remove some fibroids. Recovery has been rough because my diseased body is weak, but my will is strong.

I started a new treatment last week, and I’m still hoping for a day where there will be less pain. My neurological symptoms have worsened recently. I’ve been putting it off, but I will have to see a neuro soon. My birthday is on the 18th, and this is so not how I envisioned my life going at this point. But here I am, and I’m not ready to give up yet. I greatly appreciate any help you can give. Every little bit counts. Please also share this fundraiser if you can. I’m very grateful to everyone who has helped thus far. I can’t explain how much your support means to me. Thank you and bless you all!
Surgery on June 21
Celebrating 3 1/2 years of fever
Shots, shots, shots
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Hi everyone,
First of all, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. It means so much to me. Receiving the alerts and encouraging messages lift my spirits more than you know.

A friend suggested that I update you on the long and tedious disability process. I first applied over a year ago, and I have no idea when a resolution will be reached. I have a wonderful attorney, who most of you know well, and she is giving it her all. I'm extremely grateful to have her assistance. We formally requested a hearing in February. It could take another year, but I pray it happens much sooner. I've had to adjust the fundraising goal to reflect that uncertainty. It is such a stressful process.

As for my health, I'm still working at it, but it's an uphill battle. There have been some concerning developments with my endometriosis. I'm having some tests this week, and I will update you when I know exactly what the situation is.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, so please share this widely. Be aware that it is a nightmare! Again, thank you all for everything you've done to help me.
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