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Jon Alvarez and his family need help to beat his chronic Lyme disease and co-infections and needs help paying for treatment

Jon Alvarez contracted Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Ehlriciosis during a trip to in June of 2010 at Nara Park, Japan . He suffered multiple symptoms over the following months and was unable to receive a diagnosis and was literally disabled only after 5 months of being infected. He needed to be bathed, clothed, and fed due to such severe neurological pain that he could no longer function. His college career and music career were ended and now he suffers chronic pain and neurological defects such as muscle atrophy and neuropathy. He went undiagnosed for 9 months. After his diagnosis of Lyme and co-infections he was set to return to college and resume his life, but due to a relapse from a stomach infection he now suffers chronic abdominal complaints and is no longer able to tolerate oral medication. He travels to San Diego to see a doctor not covered by insurance and will need many months of IV therapy that the insurance will not cover. His family is also in the midst of a court battle and have just had their insurance rates raised on them. Also many of the adjunct therapies that help Jon are not covered by insurance. He is unable to work or return to school at this time due to severe pain and many medical bills, food, and shelter are a challenge for Jon and his family to afford. Anything will help to allow Jon and his family to keep fighting. He wants to use this experience to help others who deal with chronic illness and reclaim their lost lives. To learn more about these diseases and the symptoms please research at California Lyme Disease Associate and watch the film Under Our Skin
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