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!
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”→
I’ve decided to share my story you all are asking about. I’m going to guess it will be a read that takes almost a full cup of coffee but since I never pre-write anything (even my music and lyrics come in one sitting) I have no idea. Many who don’t know me really well will choose to skip it. Others who have blessed me by coming into my life somewhere over the past 24 years have bits of a story and more than ever are asking for the whole picture and how I’m to this miraculous point of recovering. As my story unfolds to my diagnosis and treatment things get pretty interesting 😉 If you or anyone suffers from Lyme or unexplained illness at least skip down to the bottom and read about the treatment.
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!”→
My name is Bekah. I am 28 years old and doing a medical fundraiser to help keep me alive. I’m a poet and an artist born in New York city with late stage lyme disease and associated co-infections (blood diseases.) I have been fighting lyme for a decade and have many symptoms ranging from severe nerve pain, muscle weakness, heart problems, memory loss, diagnosed as “early dementia”, I have had seizures and extreme extreme fatigue.
I have a serious infection due to a recent exposure to black mold. I have become very very sick, because I have no working immune system. I have become dangerously ill more so than I have ever been. I have had to leave my home, family, loved ones and beloved cat Nazima in order to detox from the mold infection. I am currently living in a car doing mold and chemical avoidance in the desert in the southwest while taking detox medication prescribed by my lyme doctor. I have medicaid and there is no coverage for late stage lyme disease. Continue reading “Help Save Bekah’s Life!”→