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This fundraiser ended on 12/31/11

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The family and friends of the Hagens are uniting to raise money to help with their battle against Lyme Disease.

You know it's been a long road when you are relieved just to finally be diagnosed with a disease. Julie went for years with unexplained symptoms, doctors visits, and missed diagnosis. She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis by the Mayo Clinic. She did not test positive, but had all the signs. After not making much progress after treatment, a friend suggested she get tested for Lyme Disease. Julie stated that she already had, and the results were negative. But, after taking a specific test suggested by her friend, she tested positive. Julie was relieved to finally have a label for all of her health concerns.

Julie is unsure how long she has had Lyme, as it can lay dormant for years. Looking back, she believes she has had it for roughly nine years. Not only does Julie have Lyme Disease, she has co-infections as well. Lyme Disease is acquired from bacteria that is transmitted by a deer tick when bit. This bacteria can also contain co-infections which can really complicate treatment and have unpleasant symptoms (to say the least).

The Lyme bacteria thrive off of grains, dairy, and sugar. Julie's diet has now transitioned to gluten-free, dairy-free, and very low sugar. Needless to say it has been challenging. Not only the diet, but finding the food itself.

Because there is not a lot known about this illness, insurance companies do not cover the cost of treatment. Treatment is very experimental and doctors knowledgeable about this disease are hard to come by.

In addition, Julie and Sid's 4 year old daughter, Lexie, suffers from a genetic disorder known as MCAD. MCAD occurs when a person’s body is missing a key enzyme needed to break down fats into energy. With a specialized diet and close supervision of doctors, Lexie’s MCAD can be controlled, but never cured. On top of having MCAD, she was also diagnosed with Celiac Disease and a lactose intolerance. The Hagen household has now converted into a gluten-free, dairy-free home.

Between Julie and Lexie, the family spends close to $1000 a month on medical expenses.

The Hagens recently made the heart wrenching decision to close Julie's at home daycare. She tried for as long as she could, but putting so much energy into work left her no time for fighting and healing. Please pray that Julie will be able to heal soon and come back stronger than ever! :) Sid is still working full time. The medications have put a huge strain on their finances. Please help us support this wonderful family!
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