Hello, my name is Julie Whitmer. In 2008 I was diagnosed with Lyme's Disease. Growing up I was an active person in various sports like field hockey, tennis, track, and softball. I met my husband in high school after three years together. We got married, bought a place and after two years we had our first child and five years later our second child. Your average happy family. We traveled places and lived an active lifestyle with them until I was diagnosed. After that, my life went from happy and great to awful and full of painful and frustrating days.I was in the hospital many times, over the years. I was misdiagnosed for having a heart attack- but later found out it was the Lyme's Disease. I had severe headaches and migraines that not even the morphine my doctors prescribed could touch. My right side was affected by it. I had therapy for weeks to regain my strength and motion; some came back, but the rest is lost or still causes me pain. My blood platelets went so low that I got bruises all over my body much like a Dalmatian. One night my mouth twisted to the side, my speech was off, so we went to the emergency room to find out what caused it. After many unnecessary tests and expenses we discovered it was the Lyme's Disease again. My memory was so bad I couldn't even remember to put the milk in the refrigerator, or remember what I got up to do. I went to many Lyme specialists and I am still doing such, years later. It has cost us over twenty thousand out of our own pocket- because none of the insurance companies will cover the treatments. I was on many antibiotics over the course of two years. It helped some but I still have flare ups. The first doctor I went to said there was nothing more that he could do and sent me on my way. I had many more flare ups, so I found another doctor. There was many days I couldn't get out of bed, many filled with numbness throughout my body, and often I felt like I couldn't breathe because the pressure in my chest was suffocating. I have two coinfections; Babesia and Bartonella, and have seen many specialists and doctors, none of which can help me.
I can not begin to describe what my body and my mind go through. Sometimes I pray that it will be my last day on earth because the flare ups have become unbareable and without the proper medical treatment like this facility, I will not survive much more. I shouldn't have to wear sunglasses indoors because the smallest beams of light are blinding. The world should not be spinning because I am dizzy. I shouldn't feel like my body is collapsing beneath me. I fear that I will end up in a wheelchair or much worse, like death.
I have discovered that antibiotics only make it all worse, ad instead of helping they mask symptoms which later make the problem much worse. I was told about a doctor in Idaho named Anthony Smith who has worked for twenty nine years to create a natural treatment for Lyme's Disease that can not be found elsewhere. I called the facility about treatment and the costs, and while it is less than other facilities it is still something I can not afford without the help of others. I do not ask for help, but I am asking now.
It will cost $4000 for treatment, and airfare, supplements, and hotel are not included in that price. They said it will be no less than $6000 at the end of it all. .So many doctors don`t want to believe the severity of Lyme's Disease and what it does to your body. They think it is in your head, but the pain in my legs, arms and joints were and are not in my head. This doctor understands this and I know that it is the only way I have a change of living my life instead of just barely surviving. I am taking a leap of faith in this journey, and putting all my faith in god that I will be able to get the treatment. If you can donate, even the smallest bit helps, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you can not donate, I ask that you keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
Any funds raised will be used only towards my treatment.