Help Lacey, Zeb, Karmen, Lizette & Wren Miller survive Chronic Illness!
Durning the past few months, our incredible friend, Lacey Miller, and two of her daughters were diagnosed with Lyme Disease and co-infections. The Millers have spent seven years and over $100,000 chasing a diagnosis for their family. Though devastating, this discovery has finally brought definition to the countless elusive medical afflictions they’ve been suffering.
To make matters worse, Zeb, a wounded vet and the family's sole provider, has been diagnosed with epilepsy, and after a head injury from a recent seizure while on duty, is unable to return to work.
Twelve-year-old Karmen, and seven-year-old Lizette experience severe fevers, multiple viral infections, joint and muscle pain, debilitating nausea and vomiting, extreme fatigue, staph infections, neurological damage, tachycardia and many other miserable symptoms. Lizette, who is especially ill, has had seven hospital visits and nearly thirty doctor appointments just in the last six months, with five different viral or bacterial infections in the last 6 weeks.
Lacey’s struggles include arthritis, dementia, loss of vision, seizures, sporadic tremors, neuropathy, intense joint pain and swelling, pervasive migraines, adrenal failure, total loss of mobility, and extreme fatigue just to name a few. While the illness has ravaged Lacey’s body leaving her bedridden and unemployable much of the time, she has not let Lyme disease define her. Lacey continues to be a vibrant, positive spirit and a thoughtful, beautiful human being! She is the wife of Zeb Miller, a decorated war veteran who now serves as a police officer in Waco, TX; the mother of three beautiful girls, Karmen, Lizette, and four-year-old Wren; a talented portrait photographer; and an irreplaceable friend.
A family in crisis!
As the sole breadwinner, Zeb is working overtime to pay living expenses and ever-increasing medical bills, as hospital visits are frequent and claims are often denied. Additionally, Zeb is suffering side effects from injuries sustained in the Iraq war while claims for his treatment are also being denied, despite being awarded The Purple Heart. The lack of proper care and the mounting financial pressures are taking a toll on this family and continue to pull Zeb away from caregiving, often leaving Lacey to run the household on her own, even in her deteriorated condition.
What does the path to Recovery look like?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Lyme disease. However, there is hope—hope for remission and an improved quality of life. On November 7th, Lacey and Karmen will begin their initial rounds of treatment at a specialized treatment clinic in Seattle, Washington, where experts address the underlying causes of complex chronic illness using whole systems protocols to provide the most effective therapies. Lizette, who is in urgent need, will also begin treatment in the very near future as funds are available.
The estimated cost of treatment, which requires several extended-stay visits to the clinic per patient over a two year period, is $180,000 for just three of the five family members. Due to the congenital nature of the disease and to presenting symptoms, it will be necessary to treat all five family members eventually, even though Zeb and Wren show signs but have not yet been tested. We will give updates as they develop. The Miller family will have many additional expenses beyond the cost of treatment itself at a projected cost of $94,000 over two years including travel (because there are very few physicians treating Lyme disease), environmental and diet changes, a part-time home health aide, and missed income while Zeb provides care for his family. Lacey is often bedbound, and caring for both her and her girls will require a lot of additional help, including housekeeping and meals.
Lacey is our dearest friend, and we couldn't imagine our lives without her. We are filled with gratitude for your help in this journey to bring her and her kiddos back to health!