Raising Hope for Families with Lyme

Jewel DriggsAngel – Hope in My Heart

First, I would like to express how very grateful I am to the wonderful Lymelight Foundation. I received the Grant Funds that you sent to me in September and it arrived right before my birthday. It was the best birthday present ever because you put HOPE back in my heart again. I was so relieved and so thankful to receive these funds because it has covered most of the necessary prescriptions for my initial treatment these past couple months. My strength and fight to get better was dwindling and now you have given me a real chance to beat Lyme and I feel truly blessed for this chance that you are giving me.

After being sick for over 6 years (which felt like a lifetime), I was about to give up any hope for a real future. We had spent so much time and money trying everything and everyone (doctors, hospitals, labs, Mayo Clinic) searching for answers to find out what was wrong with me and why I was so sick, that by the time I was finally and properly diagnosed (earlier this year) with Lyme Disease, we had exhausted all our finances and didn’t have enough money anymore to pay for my extensive Lyme treatment/protocol.

I have been living in a sort of fog during these 6 years – the same years that were supposed to be all about finishing school so I could embark upon my life to fulfill all my dreams and highest aspirations. Then I started watching all those dreams fade away – trading them in for chronic malaise and fatigue, extreme weakness, joint and muscle pain, loss of coordination, irritability and agitation, anxiety and panic attacks, memory and cognitive problems, trouble falling asleep and staying asleep…until now.

If it weren’t for the Lymelight Foundation and all those giving from their hearts, I would have to continue to deal with all these symptoms. Instead, in just 2 months of starting some of the necessary treatment to kill the Lyme plaguing my body, I am already starting to feel a little more human – the debilitating fatigue is slightly starting to subside (some days better than others), I feel like I have a little more clarity, and I’m sleeping better too. I prayed for so long that I would be able to get my health back, and now because of you, I truly believe I can.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this possible – for giving me a chance to feel better and get better. I know I’m still in for the fight of my life, but with your support, you are giving me a way to beat this – a light at the end of the tunnel – and maybe one day (in the not so distant future), I will still be able to make my dreams come true and hopefully be able to help others as you are all doing for me. Thanks to you and this treatment program, I’m looking at life differently now – but in a good way.

I have so much to be thankful for – thanks to you – all the wonderful people who work so hard at the Lymelight Foundation and all those who donate to help us win this battle against Lyme. I feel that I am now embarking upon a new journey toward better health.

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