Guest Author, Fundraiser, and Performer: Michal Victoria
Join me on this journey as I do a musical while under treatment for Lyme Disease! Please sponsor me at $2-10 per performance (13 performances) as I use this opportunity to raise money for those suffering from Lyme Disease who are homeless and/or unable to afford treatment. Monies will go directly into the gofundme campaigns of some of the neediest. Even a small contribution could give someone hope to stay alive. It did for me.
I can’t believe it, but rehearsals for Shakespeare in the Cannery’s “In the Mood” start tomorrow! I’ve had a rough 4 days this week where I was so weak and bed bound, I thought, “how the hell am I going to do this?!” But my healer came to the rescue and I had a treatment and am feeling like I can do this.
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Dear friends and community,
Serita (Tara) has two days left to accept donations on her online fundraiser! She is living with late stage Lyme Disease and needs all the support she can get. Please consider supporting her before this opportunity is missed. No amount is too small. Sharing her fundraiser is helpful, too! Thanks so much!
Click here to check out her fundraiser!
This is my dear friend Tara (Serita) who has late stage Lyme Disease. She is very ill and can no longer take care of herself. She has been paying for in home care and is out of money. She needs to move near family in India where she has more of a support system. She needs financial help desperately, and quickly. Please consider supporting her by donating any amount. Every little bit counts. If you can’t donate, please consider sharing her story so that others may have the opportunity to support her.
Thank you so much for your consideration. These are such frantic and desperate times and she is depending on the support of compassionate strangers to help her get through this difficult experience.
Randy Buchler is a treasured small farmer and educator based in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He and his family run Shady Grove Farm, a highly efficient, diversified livestock and permaculture agricultural operation that provides high quality certified naturally grown products to the community as well as empowering educational opportunities to people of all ages.
The Buchler family needs our support at this point to help Randy get the Lyme disease treatment he needs and to keep the farm going at the same time. His health issues attached to the Lyme symptoms have become increasingly severe in the last few months and the most effective treatment available to him is not covered by health insurance. Without strong community support at this time, the future of Shady Grove Farm could very well be in jeopardy.
Hundreds of people across the country have all been touched deeply by the Buchler’s and their farm. They have poured their time and energy into their land, the animals, the community and work for the common good for many years. They have overcome many major obstacles in the past, as illustrated in the film. Now is the time to pour support back to them and help Randy get the help he so desperately needs and deeply deserves. Thank you for your time!
UPDATE: Randy has been able to start treatment and it is going well! He needs to continue treatment but is running low on funds. Please support Randy, the Buchler Family, the farm, and the greater community by sharing his story and/or making a donation here: https://www.gofundme.com/shadygrovefarm
Guest Author: Julie Hagen
Hello everyone. We as a family, are in the unfortunate place of needing financial help from the kindness of others. Our medical journey started 9 years ago. Julie and Sid welcomed their first daughter Lexie into the world, a few months later Julie’s health started to decline. It started with joint pain and progressed from there onto other symptoms. It became difficult to lift Lexie out of her crib, twist and untwist baby bottles, and simple tasks became increasingly difficult. She began her search for medical professionals that could help find what was causing all of this and hopefully come up with a solution. After 3 years of doctors not having answers and sending Julie to specialist after specialist and having every test known to man, Julie lost hope and stopped searching. Thankfully just as Julie lost hope, a new found friend going through the exact same thing came into Julie’s life. That began Julie’s healing process of finding a specialist that determined Julie had Lyme Disease, Babesia, Bartonella and POTS in 2010. Since then she has also been diagnosed with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, and RA mixed in there.
It has been a journey of fighting like hell to regain her health, having to close down her child care which in turn caused them to lose their house and move in with family. After hitting remission for 2 years, the Hagens were able to slowly work back up and start over again. They were able to finally move out of the extended families house and rent a town house. They also welcomed their second daughter, Emmie and Julie was able to work again. Things were going pretty good for them! Fast forward and Julie’s health has declined again and she is back to fighting to reach remission once again.
More recently 9yr old Lexie has been having her own health struggles. She was born with a metabolic disorder called MCADD (thank you Newborn Screening for saving her life) and also has Celiac Disease. This past month Lexie became very sick. She woke up one day sick and it just never really went away. She was throwing up, had high fevers, body rashes, weakness, fatigue, stiff neck, body pain, droopy right eye, sore/painful/swollen knee caps, dizzy. She spent 4 days in the hospital, came back for 1 day and then was back to the hospital for 4 more days, back home a couple days and back again to the hospital via ambulance. The last time she was brought to the ER she had a fever of 105.7 and was miserable. At this point she had already gone through 8 Iv’s because they kept infiltrating, over 17 pokes to try and get IV’s and labs, a picc line, brain MRI, and was really feeling traumatized. While in the hospital she had seen loads of specialists, had teams of medical professionals coming in, running tests, having her do exams with each professional, skin biopsy. No one had answers. She was medicated to control the fevers and finally put on antibiotics after I had been begging for it. I brought her to another specialist for a second opinion and it was determined she has Acute Lyme Disease with possible co-infections. Continue reading “The Hagen Family’s Lyme Story and Fundraiser”
Guest Author: Jacob Stehlar (pictured in the middle with his brothers)
My name is Jacob. I’m 24 and have had the clinical diagnosis of Chronic Lyme Disease.
Here briefly is my story of diagnosis.
Overview of Diagnosis
The past year has been hell for me. I’ve had to quit school, I can’t work and everyday I deal with sickness. I was on the drug Cymbalta up until summer 2015. I was having urinary problems, heart palpitations, forgetfulness, and slight dyslexia on the drug and it was getting worse. I had been tossed around anti-depressants since I was 11, with none of them helping much until I tried Cymbalta. It helped for a few years. Then I started to have less and less energy to do things that I enjoyed, such as wrestling, football, and weight lifting. But I just stuck with it even though I didn’t feel good. This past summer I weaned off my medicine under my doctor. It was hell, I felt very angry, sad, racing thoughts, and so many other things. But then I started to feel more human, and I started to laugh and enjoy things more even though I had low energy. I started feeling more human and intune with myself, because for so long the anti-depressant drug was making me become apathetic and numb. I still was getting ill though. I had terrible brain fog. And my dyslexia symptoms were getting worse, where I couldn’t even read which used to be my past time. I gave up and tried starting Cymbalta again in January so I could start college again. I had been working on my bachelor’s degree in environmental science. It made me so nauseous I was vomiting for 2 days. So I stopped. This whole time I had been researching natural depression cures, and was trying lots of different things with not much success. I finally saw a naturopathic doctor in Late February. I told her all my symptoms, and I was surprised she wanted to test me for Lyme disease. I always thought with Lyme you get a rash, go to the doctor and get antibiotics for 2-4 weeks. That is not the case, only 40-50% actually show signs of the rash. And most tests done for Lyme are not very accurate. I started her protocol and did feel weaker during the detox time, and detoxing made my depression worse. I haven’t stuck to the protocol she gave me to a T. Especially with diet which is the most important thing. Because partly, I didn’t fully believe her, with depression in my family I thought it was just that. Which is what I’ve been told all my life.
Continue reading “Jacob’s Lyme Story and Fundraiser”
Guest Author: Michal Victoria
Lately I’ve been thinking I’m just going to die. The worst part of this is that I have been sick since I was 6, so I feel like I haven’t done anything with this life. I haven’t loved enough, seen enough. accomplished much of anything. I know intellectually all that I’ve heard people say about not realizing the impact you may have unknowingly had on people. But it’s just not enough. I feel I will go and there will be barely a ripple. I wanted to affect more, do more. I hurt for all the people with chronic illness that are silently leaving us, fading away, all that lost talent and love and potential. Continue reading “Donate to Michal’s Lyme Disease Fund!”