I'm running Umstead 100 in 3 days to find a cure! Can you please help take a bite out of Lyme disease?
March 30, 2016
BENEFITING: NATIONAL CAPITAL LYME DISEASE ASSOCIATION
EVENT DATE: Apr 02, 2016
I'm a long distance runner and have been battling chronic Lyme Disease since April of 1995, when I woke up one day, paralyzed, unable to use my legs. After seeing numerous specialists and given multiple tests, I was given the misdiagnosis of fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue syndrome. I was told by the doctor's that I would never run again. This occured 2 weeks before my 25th birthday.
In June 2010, I learned the correct diagnosis for my mystery ailments of chronic joint pain and fatigue, GI issues, neurological symptoms such as brain fog and headaches...I tested positive for a past and current infection of Lyme disease. It was the first time I was treated for Lyme with antibiotics. I ran my first marathon and thought I was healed.
In 2013, when I was still complaining of symptoms and developed pain in my ankle bone, the primary care doctor tested me for Lyme disease. My test came back positive and was identical to the one that came back positive in 2010. I had not been healed. My doctor acknowledged that I must have chronic Lyme disease and referred me to an infectious disease doctor. There is currently no cure for chronic Lyme Disease and the CDC fails to acknowledge the existence of chronic Lyme Disease.
I have been chronically ill for 21 years. It has been a long, difficult journey to get where I am. I started off by slowly exercising and worked my way up to running again. Just over five years ago, I challenged myself and ran the distance. I ran my first long distance race in April 2010, the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler and ran my first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, in 2010, while receiving treatment for Lyme disease. I now run ultramarathons...slowly, carefully, one step at at a time, with hope and inspiration.
I ran and finished the Umstead 100 miler ultramarathon on 3/28/15 & I'm running it again April 2nd through April 3rd, 2016! I run for all the Lyme Disease Warriors who are fighting for their lives everyday. I'm raising money for the National Capital Lyme Disease Association (NCLDA) and I'm asking you to help find a cure for Lyme disease by making a donation via Crowdrise. Your information is secure and the National Capital Lyme Disease Association will receive your donation.
I consider running to be my "natural" antibiotic and it allows me to live a life free of pain (most days). However, most individuals suffering from Lyme Disease battle daily chronic pain and fatigue. If Lyme Disease is left untreated, it becomes a chronic illness causing systematic symptoms that are often unexplained and left untreated. Common chronic Lyme disease symptoms include neurological symptoms such as brain fog, chronic joint pain, chronic fatigue, headaches, food intolerances, nerve damage, and heart problems. As you can imagine, many people living with chronic Lyme disease are not working and not attending school and are bedridden.
In 2013, the CDC announced that there are 300,000 confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in the United States and the number is growing. Lyme Disease does not discriminate. It can attack anyone. No one is immune. Right now there are more people in the United States being treated for Lyme disease than breast cancer. And this number only includes those individuals that have been diagnosed correctly.
This is My Lyme Disease Story and Why this Cause is So Important:
~ The Platform Feb issue:http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/703049 ~ my story about battling Lyme disease is featured on pg 14!
Will you please help me "Take A Bite Out of Lyme, one race at a time?" Please donate today using the CrowdRise link and let's find a cure to this debilatating disease that is destroying lives.
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