Raising Hope for Families with Lyme

LymeLight Foundation Grant Recipient, JasmineJasmine’s Story – Hope Is Not Lost

About five years ago I was bitten by a tick. I was very sick for weeks after the tick bite. It took 4 different doctors and 3 ER visits to be tested for Lyme. I had brought up Lyme disease to each doctor. However, because I didn’t have the “typical” bulls eye rash and didn’t know exactly what bit me, I was denied a Lyme test. During the 3rd ER visit, I demanded a Lyme test. I had done some research, and I just knew it was Lyme. The test came back positive a couple weeks later. I was given antibiotics, but I now know the antibiotics were not enough to treat my Lyme infection.

A few years after my tick bite, I got a new symptom every week. They got stronger as time went on. I was having a hard time concentrating, stopped sleeping, cold sweats, fainting, dizziness, vertigo, fatigue, low blood sugar, blurry vision, bright vision and severe confusion. I was diagnosed with depression and chronic fatigue. I knew that wasn’t the case. I knew I wasn’t myself. I knew something more was wrong with me.

Within the last two years, I have seen 7 different doctors about all my symptoms. I mentioned to each doctor that I had been diagnosed with Lyme and asked each about the possibility of Lyme still affecting me. However, they all denied it. I was ready to give up. I felt so crazy for a long time. I felt very alone.

I came across a local doctor office where there was a Lyme Specialist. I decided to give another doctor a chance. I will never forget the moment I sat down and told her my story. I was waiting for her to tell me that I was crazy too. That there was nothing she could do for me. She grabbed my hand and told me everything I had described were symptoms of Lyme. She gave me all the information I had been hoping for. It was such a breath of fresh air. I had hope, something I had lost a long time ago. It was wonderful to know that I could finally be helped after feeling helpless for so long.

There was one thing that was delaying my healing and that was my income. It was heartbreaking to know what was wrong with me, and not be able to afford the treatment I needed. Thanks to LymeLight I can continue my treatments. I can get better and be the best Mom I can be to my 3-year-old daughter. Much love and healing thoughts to everyone!!!

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