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Help Lisa take back her life as she battles late stage Lyme! Please pray and consider if you are being led to help by assisting financially.

My sister Lisa and her family live in Texas. She is a full time wife and mother to three beautiful children. She has been in school for two years majoring in dental hygiene, with the hopes of going full time this fall to continue her degree. God has blessed her in so many areas of her life, including teaching her two year old Sunday School Class, where she has had the privilege to serve for two years. For the past 18 months God has been essential in bringing her through the struggles of her disease.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

September 2010, Lisa noticed the first symptoms, including stiff painful joints, constant fatigue, migraines, musculoskeletal pain, and insomnia. Within two weeks she was spending the majority of her days in bed, unable to climb stairs or stand long periods at a time. This began the long process of Dr. visits, specialists, labs, x-rays, MRIs, and a wide variety of prescription medicine. The lab tests always appeared normal and none of the doctors seemed to know what was wrong. The fourth Doctor my sister saw finally diagnosed her with Fibromyalgia, and possible RA. The only solution in sight was to treat the symptoms with medication.

My sister was not getting better. In fact she was getting worse. Neurological and cardiovascular symptoms began to surface, including brain fog, memory loss, trouble concentrating, and shortness of breath. Desperate for some answers and at the end of her rope, Lisa along with family & friends, turned this burden over to God. Prayers were answered and a door was opened. Through a friend in AZ, we received a recommendation to a doctor there who specializes in auto-immune and infectious disease. This great doctor immediately recognized the symptoms and saw to extensive comprehensive testing. Two weeks later the diagnosis was in; third stage late Lyme Disease along with multiple co-infections.

Lyme is caused by Borrelia Burgdorferi, a spirochete bacteria transmitted through a tick bite. One of the more dangerous co-infections found was Neuroborreliosis. This is a bacterial infection in the brain, typical of late stage Lyme. Lisa’s treatment will require the surgical placement of an anterior IV chest port, eight to nine weeks IV antibiotics, detoxifications, weekly labs to monitor progress, and a special diet. The Lyme bacteria give off a chemical toxin when they die. When the antibiotics start killing them, the toxin levels in her body will soar and the symptoms can become intense. Due to the destruction of her immune system and the risk of infection, Lisa will need to remain in Phoenix for her treatment. She is scheduled to start her treatment in three weeks and is in the process of finding an apartment to rent. Recovery will be a long road, but one taken with help from God, family, and friends.

I know that the financial implications to tackle this are huge. Insurance is unwilling to pay, deeming it a preexisting condition. Lisa is already into this $5000 and will need approximately $35-40,000 more to finish treatment and cover follow-up care. All I know is that this is the door that God opened for our family and I believe with all my heart that it is my best chance for her recovery.

I will keep friends and family up to date on how things are progressing. Our family looks forward to brighter days ahead and want to sincerely thank all of you who have prayed for Lisa and sent your good wishes. It's time to get going and get better.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
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