My name is Teri and I am a 37 year old woman. I have been suffering from Chronic Lyme Disease for over 5 years. Because I was not diagnosed early enough, the disease has spread to my brain and central nervous system. This photo was taken when I arrived back home from a 4 month hospital stay for a high risk pregnancy due to my health condition. I had improved slightly from being in the hospital by receiving TPN (nutrition) in a PICC line. This was over a year ago and since then, I have declined. Fortunately, my baby appears healthy so far.
I live each day with nerve pain all over my body. It's like having a bad tooth ache, but imagine it all over your body. My muscles and joints hurt, I have heart problems, gastrointestinal problems, gynecological problems, immune system problems, anemia and low red blood cell count, nerve damage, endocrine problems and more. I feel sick everyday and have a difficult time taking care of myself. I take more pills than I can manage. I worry everyday that I will die.
I am currently seeing a Lyme specialist in Washington, D.C. He has determined that I have neurological Lyme Disease plus co-infections and need IV antibiotics. I have a PICC line in my arm and administer IV antibiotics to myself at home. Insurance does not cover the antibiotics and the supplies. We have taken out a loan to pay for it. The treatment has cost over $7,000 per month. It's been five months now and I only have enough money for 2 more treatments. Some people need IV treatment for years, but cannot afford it. Those that can afford it, get better. If I do not get treated appropriately, the bacteria will keep reproducing causing damage which could kill me.
Any donation you could make would make a huge difference for my husband, my one-year old son and me. Thank you.