Raising Hope for Families with Lyme

Logan – Confidence and Hope

Logan – Confidence and Hope

Logan – Confidence and Hope Logan is in slow recovery mode using multiple natural medicines. Thanks to the LymeLight Foundation grant, Logan continues to get better against all odds. He has genetic detoxification defects along with Lyme disease. He has...
Ashley – Bunnies = Best Therapy

Ashley – Bunnies = Best Therapy

Ashley – Bunnies = Best Therapy I first became sick on my 16th Birthday. My doctor diagnosed me with mono at the time… but little did I know that was only the beginning of a very hard, lonely, and miserable 7 year plus health nightmare. After two years of...
Georgie – Silence to Courage

Georgie – Silence to Courage

Georgie – Silence to Courage It was three years of being misdiagnosed. By the end of those three years, I was not the cheerful, lively person I once was. I became frail and timid; losing a little part of me every time I went into the doctors and given no...
Erica – The Light of Hope

Erica – The Light of Hope

Erica – The Light of Hope Hi everyone! My name is Erica Cooper. I was officially diagnosed with Lyme disease when I was 24 years old, I’m 27 now. I would probably not be writing this if I had not been diagnosed in 2011 by an amazing doctor named Paul...
Katherine – A Mother’s Hope

Katherine – A Mother’s Hope

Katherine’s Lyme story started when she was seven years old. She had a bulls-eye rash, one of the tell-tale signs of Lyme disease, only I did not know it at the time, and apparently neither did her doctor.

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Megan – Moving On With Life

Megan – Moving On With Life

I was always a very active, energetic child and young adult. When I turned 19 I went to Colorado to work at a camp as an outdoor instructor. I led backpacking, hiking, mountain biking and other various outdoor activities. Unfortunately, I got very sick for a few weeks and then spent the rest of the summer feeling run down.

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Penelope – Engaging in Life

Penelope – Engaging in Life

Penelope has been sick her whole life. I knew my daughter was ill 3 days after I brought her home from the hospital. I took her to many doctors and specialists over the course of three years and received a diagnosis of allergies. She had lost a lot of weight, had thyroid and adrenal issues, digestive issues, arthritis, headaches, hallucinations, sleep issues, sinus issues. None of the doctors recognized Lyme.

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Sara – Hope for the Future

Sara – Hope for the Future

My daughter, Sara, lost her entire childhood due to Lyme disease. Since birth, she has endured endless neurological and medical problems, including global developmental delays, mild seizures, food allergies, severe colitis, and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), an autoimmune disease triggered by strep and other bacterial and viral infections that causes neuropsychiatric symptoms.

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Lucas – Cautiously Optimistic

Lucas – Cautiously Optimistic

As a child growing up, Lucas was a shining star full of energy, creativity, and boundless curiosity. He was a leader among his peers, taking his friends on adventures throughout the woods in and around our neighborhood, always ready with a smile and a joke. He loved his friends, being out in nature, and taking long bike rides and hikes with his dad.

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Ashley – Aspiring Musician

Ashley – Aspiring Musician

My whole life changed when I became sick in October 2011. I was 20 years young, now I am 23 years young and am being treated for Lyme disease. Before I got sick, I was attending college but I couldn’t continue due to how sick I felt. I was active in my church, helping with the bus ministry, singing solos and singing in the choir. I was physically fit and I worked out every day. I played drums, guitar and wrote songs & sang daily.

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Molly – Walking On a Cloud

Molly – Walking On a Cloud

When I first held the letter that came in the mail I was stunned. I had to tell myself to trust my eyes. I wasn’t numb to emotion, but it didn’t truly sink in that your foundation had been so incredibly generous to me! I was grateful, joyful, nearly tearful and simply relieved. I remember sitting very quietly by myself and taking it all in.

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Oak – Family with Lyme

Oak – Family with Lyme

When Meredith and her husband, Jem (Jemeson), found out they were pregnant, they were overjoyed. The news of Meredith’s pregnancy brought a sense of hope, excitement and anticipation for what they expected would be a bright, full future. What they did not expect though, was the pain and the struggle that came with Meredith’s pregnancy and the arrival of baby Oak. Though Oak’s birth was undoubtedly a miracle, it was also the beginning of journey with many challenges, obstacles, and bumps in the road.

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Sophia – Thank You!

Sophia – Thank You!

At 4 years old, Sophia has experienced symptoms of congential Lyme disease including significant speech and developmental delays. With a grant from LymeLight Foundation she is now actively under the care of a Lyme-Literate Medical Doctor who has every expectation for a full recovery. Her mom has the peace of mind that she will live a healthy, happy life.

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Shelby – A Ray of Hope

Shelby – A Ray of Hope

My life changed dramatically when I got sick. I am not the same person I was before I contracted Lyme disease. While my battle with this illness has been extremely difficult, I have also grown in positive ways as an individual.

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Hope – Alive Again

Hope – Alive Again

I used to love fog as a child. I found it mysterious, creepy and fun to play in. Fog has a mind of its own, it comes and goes as it pleases, always leaving the grass with a misty due. I used to think fog was beautiful, unique and peaceful, but I sure don’t anymore. I suppose it’s not the literal fog I blame, but the fog constantly clouding my mind.

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Ari – Journey to India

Ari – Journey to India

In January of 2012, 24 year old Ari found himself settling into a hospital room in New Delhi, India, preparing to embark on an exciting and promising journey toward a healthier life. Ari had spent a decade battling chronic illness; he spent nearly his entire childhood and teenage years in bed, dreaming of better days. As Ari unpacked his bags to the tune of New Delhi’s bustling streets, he reflected on his past 12 years and was grateful that his challenging path had led him to India. Just a few months before, while lying riddled with pain and nausea in his bed at home in California, traveling to India for stem cell treatment was a mere distant wish. He didn’t dare imagine that in a matter of months, he would be sitting atop a hospital bed in New Delhi, preparing for the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Transplant that would hopefully mark the beginning of his journey to wellness.

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Ike – Sweet Boy

Ike – Sweet Boy

My husband and I have realized, retrospectively, that I started feeling generally unwell as much as a year before we discovered we were pregnant with Isaac (Ike), who is 5 now, but the pregnancy became my primary condition and concern, and we didn’t realize there was an underlying illness.

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Makayla – Beginning to Thrive

Makayla – Beginning to Thrive

22 year old Makayla has big dreams. She’s always dreamt of going to college and majoring in the veterenary sciences, and she plans to someday become a veterinarian for marine mammals so she can make a meaningful impact on the creatures that live in our seas. However, little did Makayla know, at age 14 her dreams would be put on hold as she found herself in a complex health battle and a struggle to obtain the treatment that she needed to get well.

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Eman – Optimistic and Hopeful

Eman – Optimistic and Hopeful

I would like to thank you for giving opportunities to people like me for better health; the financial support has helped me so much. Six months ago I was not able to walk nor was I able to leave the house. Now I am happy to say that my health has improved drastically with intravenous antibiotic therapy.

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Anthony – Long Road Ahead

Anthony – Long Road Ahead

I have come a long way since February 2014 when I became sick. This past October 1st marked 1 full year of antibiotic therapy for Babesia and Lyme disease. For the past three months, I have been treating Bartonella and Lyme. My head pressure is slowly improving and so is my heart pain. My other 20+ symptoms still persist, especially the fatigue. For the past two years there have maybe been 20-30 days of being headache free.

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Rachel – Heartfelt Thanks

Rachel – Heartfelt Thanks

I very sincerely want to thank you for coming to my aid and giving me and my family the grant that truly saved my life by allowing me to continue treatment at a time when my family had hit rock bottom and were totally unable to support my needs any longer.

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Cody – Never Give Up

Cody – Never Give Up

I was truly stunned when I opened your email and saw I was a recipient of Grant Funds. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never felt so excited, as that moment reading your email. I called my Mom immediately. She couldn’t believe it either. We realize there are so many young people with Lyme across the country in need of financial help.

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Max – Gift of Life

Max – Gift of Life

When I first wrote you, Max was bed bound and had been for a couple of years. I spent every night consoling him. He was afraid to go to sleep….afraid he would not wake up. He was in constant and severe pain and agony, he suffered extreme and non relenting dizziness and nausea.

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Kaden and Landen – You Will Get Better

Kaden and Landen – You Will Get Better

I can still recall the immense feeling of relief that I felt when I first opened the email from LymeLight Foundation, stating that my 2 little boys were the recipients of a grant for their chronic Lyme treatment. I remember reading it several times so it could sink in.

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Krista – Lifting the Fog

Krista – Lifting the Fog

Waking up with a clear head, focused eyes and a properly beating heart is something that Krista will never take for granted again. Unlike most young adults, she’s had to fight for the simple things, things that most don’t have to give a second thought. As a teenager, Krista went from running, hiking and fencing to barely being able to rise from bed to get to school on time. She lost abilities she never expected she’d lose, including her ability to recall her very own childhood memories.

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Laura – A Fighting Chance

Laura – A Fighting Chance

Eyes fluttering open, the room around me pulsated. Or was that my aching muscles? Eyelids? Hands? Pain shot from my head through to my toes trapped everywhere in-between. Finally conscious after hours of delirious sleep, I tried to sit up but couldn’t. My eyes rolled down to look at the small feet lying limply across the white, blue and pink checked blanket, concentrating to make them move.

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Mallory – Little Girl with a Big Heart

Mallory – Little Girl with a Big Heart

While most 4 year olds’ biggest daily concerns often encompass what they’ll have for snack or taking the notorious nap, Mallory Qualls faced far graver challenges as she rose to greet each day. At just 4 years of age, Mallory was bitten by a tick, and began exhibiting debilitating symptoms that no young child should ever have to endure. Shortly after her tick bite, Mallory’s little body was plagued with joint and head pain that often landed her in the emergency room. Yet, Mallory’s doctors never pinpointed the source of the debilitation, and never suspected that the bite of a tick could be the cause of her suffering.

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Marlin – A Christmas Gift

Marlin – A Christmas Gift

Marlin was born on March 28, 2001. My pregnancy was normal and I felt healthy throughout, however, the birthing process and first few days of Marlin’s life did not come without complications. During delivery, Marlin was pressed up against the umbilical cord and upon birth, he had an abnormal heartbeat, low blood sugar, he was jaundiced, and didn’t utter a sound. Marlin spent his first 4 days of life in NICU, where he was tested for a wide range of ailments and conditions. Thankfully, all tests were negative.

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Candice – First Grant Recipient

Candice – First Grant Recipient

It’s not every day that the average person gets a chance to reflect on their journey, and to reminisce about what lead them to where they are standing today. Unless you are a Late Stage Lyme patient, that is. For those struggling with Lyme Disease, each passing day is a reminder of how far you have come, what you have gained, what you’ve lost, and how far you have to go. As a Lyme patient, I’ve come to learn that though each waking day is a battle, it is also a gift that should never be taken for granted.

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Shae – Life is Just Starting

Shae – Life is Just Starting

Shae was diagnosed with Second Stage Lyme Disease in 2011. I have been on long-term antibiotic therapy for almost two year. I was very ill when diagnosed and suffered from what I thought were migraines but was severe pain in my head and face, extreme fatigue, loss of balance and coordination, heart murmur, severe anxiety and depression, nausea, and several cognitive and neurological issues including loss of memory and mixing up words.

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