Erica's Fight Against Lyme Disease
Organized by: Tara Kolar
Erica is one of my best friends. She has been fighting for her life for more than five years due to late stage chronic Lyme Disease and other co-infections. Most days, Erica has to rely on her husband and mother to meet her daily needs. She lives in constant pain. This debilitating disease has taken over her life and forced her to give up on her hopes and dreams. Today she only hopes to get to a point where she can live a "normal" life and use her knowledge to help others through their struggle with Lyme Disease. She has the most beautiful heart and soul of anyone I have ever met. Anyone who meets her would say the same. I can't imagine a world without her. She has a very special purpose in this world. She needs our help. There is no cure for this disease. Most treatments are not covered my medical insurance. It's difficult to even find medical professionals that are able to fight this disease. Her symptoms are severe and debilitating, ranging from head pressure, extreme fatigue, light sensitivity, headaches, stomach pains, sharp stabbing pains in her head, feet, and hands, muscle twitching, tremors, heart palpitations, a slew of stomach and gastrointestinal issues, speech impairment, and seizures, for which she has been hospitalized several times. For a while she was having mostly bad days with some “good days” sprinkled in but those good days have ceased. Her immune system is depleted, her vital organs are now affected. Every time I get a phone call from her Mom, my heart sinks out of fear that she has lost her battle against Lyme. She has come close. The world needs Erica. Let's help!