Help Bev get tested for Lyme Disease
Organized by: Bev Baker
Some of you know I have been chronically sick for over 3 years now. I don't talk about it publicly, many of you probably think I just fell off the face of the earth, not visiting or attending events, or even returning phone calls (sorry! my brain is total mush). I have several different diagnoses, none of which have a cure. The daily pain, extreme fatigue, and brain fog is unrelenting, and quite frankly, depressing. There is one potential diagnosis that DOES have a cure, IF caught in time, but now that I finally have insurance (after over 2 years without it), it does not cover the cost of the lab I need to use.
The problem is that most commercial labs in the US, which I have been tested through and which are covered by insurance, their Lyme tests are not sensitive enough to diagnosis it. It is thought that of 100 people tested at these labs, 44 people are Lyme positive but the test comes back negative. Having recently lost a facebook friend to Lyme, I won't feel at ease until I know for sure if I have it or not, since I do have an awful lot of the symptoms. I live on Social Security Disability, which is not nearly enough to provide me the funds for the testing.
I know I have friends that want to see me get my health back, and if this test results in a diagnosis which I can get treatment for, I can do just that! I can get back to work at a job, and I can get back to work on activism! So, as the Beatles song says, I just need a little help from my friends.
The Basic Lyme test is $260. If it comes back negative, they do recommend another stage of testing, and if it comes back positive, I will also need additional testing to diagnose any co-infections. But $260 will get me started. (I am actually asking for $275 because this site takes fees). You all know I am as honest as the day is long and I never hesitate to help others in need. It is hard for me to ask for help for myself, but I must do this. I must know.
Thank you all, in advance, for any amount, even $5 would mean so much to me. If you can't give, I totally get that, just please send love, prayers and healing thoughts <3