My name is Mike and I've been a Lyme Disease sufferer for 14yrs now. I spent a good amount of time in the woods of Western Pennsylvania growing up and so its not a huge surprise that I acquired Lyme later in life. After college I started having severe back and neck pain and would gradually see other symptoms jump on board throughout the years. It took 11yrs to get an accurate diagnosis (after seeing dozens of physicians/specialists/rheumatologists/accupuncturists/chiropractors/etc) and so the Lyme bacteria and co-infections had plenty of time grow in number and strength. Over the years my joints and muscles became stiff and swollen; my kidneys, liver, gut and brain were compromised as well as my adrenal and neurotransmitter functions. The disease was taking over and PAIN was now my daily reality.
I've been more than blessed in this life as I have an amazing and supportive wife and two beautiful sons. I love my family and so its very difficult to spend most of my life in a chair or in bed when they do much of life without me. I've found some relief through 3yrs of antibiotics and other treatments but am still very limited as pain and fatigue continue to reign in my life.
Recently I was introduced to a Lyme Clinic in Reno, NV called the Sierra Integrative Medical Clinic. The couple that referred us had great and lasting success with treating their Lyme at SIMC and so, with much prayer and consideration, I have decided to go to Reno and receive this invasive and expensive treatment with the hope that my Lyme will soon be a memory and not a daily reality.
The purpose of this campaign is to raise the funds necessary for me to live and receive the 5-week treatment in Reno. I need to live near the clinic as I'll be receiving daily treatments and will be very sick throughout.
The cost of the treatment (which is not covered by insurance) is $2-3K per week in addition to the long-term lodging expense.
Your financial help for this treatment will drastically change the lives of myself and my family. I have been unable to work now for many years and so my wife has had to carry this burden in our family. I desperately desire to be able to play with my boys, take a walk with my wife, work within my gifts and passions to help others and serve the community around me. I want my life to count and have too much to offer to remain chained to a chair and a counter full of meds any longer. Your help will not only change my life but will have a ripple effect in the lives of many.
In addition to any financial help you might be able to give, I would also ask that you spread the word about this campaign and pray that God would use this treatment to bring healing and hope back to my body and life.
Thank you for your help and God's blessings on you and yours in 2013.