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The family and friends of Cathy Jo are uniting to raise money to help with her battle against Chronic Lyme Disease. Thank you!

Our daughter and sister, Cathy Jo Stanbro, was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD) over a year ago. The disease has progressed so much that the doctors think Cathy Jo first contracted it as long as 20 years ago. Since the diagnosis, Cathy Jo has been on a cocktail of high-dose antibiotics that she has to take around the clock and has undergone several trips to the hospital, but it has been no match ungainst the disease. The next course of treatment that she needs involves drugs that can only be administered via IV and would require hospitalization.

Cathy Jo has not only been battling this disease, but been battling being able to afford her medical bills and medications as well as taking care of her 6 year old son, Alex. Just about 2 years ago, Cathy went through a divorce, leaving her a single mother without health insurance trying to battle this illness. Paying for the hospital bills, numerous doctor visits, and immense amount of medication she needs to take has been nearly impossible.

Lyme Disease is a fairly easy disease to treat if caught early, but when gone undetected and untreated for several years as in Cathy Jo's case, it can become incredibly difficult to cure.

Stated in an article regarding Lyme Disease:

"Delayed or inadequate treatment can lead to the more serious symptoms, which can be disabling and difficult to treat. After several months, untreated or inadequately treated patients may go on to develop severe and chronic symptoms that affect many parts of the body, including the brain, nerves, eyes, joints and heart. Many disabling symptoms can occur, including permanent paraplegia in the most extreme cases.

Chronic neurologic symptoms occur in up to 5% of untreated patients. A polyneuropathy that involves shooting pains, numbness, and tingling in the hands or feet may develop. A neurologic syndrome called Lyme encephalopathy is associated with subtle cognitive problems, such as difficulties with concentration and short-term memory. These patients may also experience profound fatigue. However, other problems, such as depression and fibromyalgia, are also complications in people who have been infected with Lyme. Chronic encephalomyelitis, which may be progressive, can involve weakness in the legs, awkward gait, facial palsy, bladder problems, vertigo, and back pain.

Lyme arthritis usually affects the knees. In a minority of patients, arthritis can occur in other joints, including the ankles, elbows, wrist, hips, neck and shoulders. Pain is often moderate to severe, usually with swelling at the involved joint."

Cathy Jo and Alex need our help. Please join us in helping Cathy Jo get the medical care and medications she needs to finally beat this disease once and for all. Thank you all so much for your love and support!!!

-Mom and Gabby
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