I am Chantelle, I'm 33 years old, and have been battling with Chronic Lyme Disease and co-infections for almost 6 years now.
I was left undiagnosed for 14 months, and within that time it allowed for the multiple tick-borne infections to diseminate throughout my entire body. As a result of this I am in constant pain and have spent most of my time house-bound. Things are improving slowly but surely and already I can do so much more that I could even 6 months ago this gives me so much hope for future healing and better health.
I am thankful for such a supportive network of family, friends and also the amazing generosity from people who didn't know me; all of whom contribted to my initial fundraising page and enabled me to travel to a specialised clinic in California for almost 4 months. There I received further diagnostic testing and intensive medical treatment, from which I made noticeable progress. I returned to the US in 2015 for further intravenous treatment which has continued to get me more steps closer to remission.
My treatment is on-going, with IV antibiotics through a PICC line, oral antibioitcs and herbal supplements, of which I am still self funding. I have already spent £85,000+ on medical tests, two trips to the specialist clinic and am now 4 1/2 years into treatment. I have seen so many physical and neurological signs of improvement throughout the past 4+ years, but it remains a bumpy road to remission with medication daily.
This fundraiser will allow me to continue with intensive medical treatment and hopefully return to the clinic in 2018 for a mandatory check in with the doctors and further therapies and Medication which is vitally important for my recovery from this debilitating illness. It will also allow me to fund my treatment whilst here in the UK which physically I can't afford to stop. Everything has to be self funded; Skype consultations with doctors at £350 a time, every needle, bag of fluid, syringe, dressng for picc line, antibiotics, supplements, alternative treatments, basically everything I need to heal, not to mention it also all has to be shipped from the US and then before it reaches my door customs add a charge too!
The NHS continue to have severe difficulty understanding or treating this disease, therefore the intravenous antibiotics and supportive therapies are not readily available to me in the UK, thus my recovery is compromised greatly.
I am so determined to fight this disease and with the help of donations and the Lyme literate doctors in the USA, I really do have a great chance, not to mention hope. Treatment is a long and gruelling process, but I keep in mind the end goal of becoming symptom free and with a prognosis of remission.
Thank you so much for supporting me on this journey, it is really appreciated. There will be life beyond Lyme Disease and I will be sure to discover it...
‘If you keep hope alive, it will keep you alive’.
Chantelle Lewis xXx ⚓️💚💫💊