Please Help Tom Ballman Beat Chronic Lyme Disease

For: Tom Ballman
St Louis, MO
Organizer: Angie Monteleone
Please Help Tom Ballman Beat Chronic Lyme Disease (Tom Ballman)
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The Story

Friends and family of Tom Ballman desperately need your help...

Tom has been virtually bedridden since June 11, 2015. He is struggling with MSIDS... specifically 
Boriella Bergdorferi, Bartonella and Helicobacter Pylori.

In layman's terms, Tom has Chronic Lyme Disease with multiple tick-borne co-infections.

Tom Ballman...a once vibrant, energetic, hard-working, charismatic, strong, active and fit young man has been struggling with debilitating symptoms and been getting progressively sicker over last two years. 

Tom went from helping others, being active in his community, fellowship and fun with friends, building water gardens and koi ponds ,running his painting company, always doing projects around house, caring for 2 sweet Jack Russell terriers, changing oil and working on cars to completely unable to work, drive, or do any of the things he could do before... Even the simplest of daily tasks.

Fortunately with the help, support and encouragement of many very caring individuals, he finally found a wonderful doctor right here in Saint Louis who has not only helped him understand what is happening to his body, and what to expect as he recovers, but offer the relief of diagnosis and begin first phase of treatment.

We have faith that he will pull through this, eradicate this illness and multiple infections and not only regain his health, vigor and passion for life, but enjoy life again healthier and stronger than before his health began declining.

Unfortunately, even with insurance, his medical expenses are growing exponentially. Combined with not being able to work at all (his livelihood) and losing his income completely, his business and his bank account are dwindling fast.

We are putting our pride aside and asking for help to cover the growing cost of his doctor visits, medications, immune support therapies, nutritional foods and supplements, weekly IVs and injections and special medications that insurance does not cover.

We are so blessed that he is able to be at home during his treatment and recovery. This is a Godsend, but also means my income and ability to contribute monetarily to our household has been drastically reduced to be able to care for him nearly full time, as well as do my best to maintain a serene and comfortable household and home for him.

We thank you and are eternally grateful to all of you who have and are helping him... Your prayers, phone calls, healing messages, emotional support, and love mean more than you know.

A sincere, heartfelt thank you to those of you who have taken time from your own lives and families to provide therapy, work opportunities for me, bring groceries, mow the lawn, repair vehicles, help with puppies and pond, visit with Tom..he wouldn't be able to recover without you.

Thank you to each of you taking the time to read this for your consideration. Any and all donations, monetary or otherwise, will go directly to help pay for Tom's medical expenses and get through this. 

If your own resources are limited, please take a moment to pray for his healing and recovery. Please share this link and subscribe to YouCaring updates if possible. Every phone call, text, get well card, email and visit means so much and really seems to lift his spirits, offer him hope and brighten his day.

Thank you again for your consideration. We know there will be times when we will have the opportunity to help others and we promise to pay it forward.

Thank you kindly & God bless,
Angie & friends & family of Tom Ballman

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 25, 2017

Posted on September 25, 2017

Update from Saturday September 16, 2017... 🙂👍😌🙏🙏🙏✝️☀️

"From Angie, update for Tom:

28 days without major setback or incident 🙂🙏🙏🙏🙏👍👍👍👍👍☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

So happy about this!!!! THANK YOU loved ones 😌🙏☀️✝️ Ang

Posted on July 20, 2017

Posted on July 20, 2017

July 20th, 2017

Please please please...pray for Tom to beat this Lyme disease. He has had a couple decent days this week, but a near ER emergency last weekend to where he had to re-start the last medicine they weaned him of of. But overall no energy at all, even after a full nights sleep and just sickly and constant nausea... all of the physical difficulties coupled with the disappointment and frustration of thinking we had it under control or that it may even be gone... to the feeling worse than he has in months.

Grateful for the good stretches...but I can't imagine how frustrated and the grief he must feel... We've had a few glimpses/stretches to where he really felt like a new man and was coming out of this but this is a setback like we haven't had in a while.

Of course we know it could be much much worse and are grateful that people we know have and do recover from this. It's just waking up every day and not knowing what to expect but hoping for the best and doing everything we can to move him forward.

Grateful he has come this far and for all of the help we have been extended the last 2+ years since his diagnosis and beginning of treatment. Your ongoing support financially, emotionally and spiritually have had a huge impact on our survival and coping with this devastating and traumatizing life circumstance.

I know from what I see and milestones that have happened over the last two years big and small that he is moving forward, moving up that healing cycle with the climbs and dips where he feels good for a while and then seems to be pushed backwards a little bit. The good news is (from what I gather) he has continually had longer stretches, better days during those stretches, and the setbacks are shorter, less frequent, seemingly less painful and symptomatic and he can recover in hours or days can weeks/ months...

That being said, this week has been a vivid wake up call that we are not out of the woods and thank God he isn't as bad as the first 8-9 months (bed bound, toxic, the worst of everything) ... yes .. we thank the good Lord every day for the progress made and healing that has taken place. He is so far from where he was that only photos and documentation can serve as proof to him because he can't always see the improvements, especially when he is in a back slide.

I have a favor to ask of each of you... that if you don't mind taking a moment to send him a message of encouragement in an email or a text..

He is especially low right now and I am hoping that continuing to petition for prayer and offering him what we can.. love, friendship, support, understanding, fellowship, positivity, hope... that will also lift him up.

We love you all and I thank you from the depths of my being for all you have done for us. There is no earthly way we can ever repay everyone but I'm sure going to live every day of my life trying in any way that I can with whatever I am able to bring to the table. And I know Tom has expressed the same.

Thank you in advance for any uplifting messages or just reaching out to him to remind him that he is cared about. Love to you all. Praying and investing everything I have and am to help this wonderful human being. Thank you.....

Humbled for life,
Angie

Posted on January 21, 2017

Posted on January 21, 2017

Progress Update #12 ~ Tom Ballman Battling Chronic Lyme Disease

Thank you so much for asking for an update for Tom and my apologies for so long in between..we are both doing our best daily to do everything required to improve his health and still make ends meet. We could not do this without the help prayer and support from all of you. I have posted two photos of Tom, the first from June 2016 on a relatively good day at the time, and the second photo is from November 2016..as you can see he looks so much better...thank you to all who make it possible for him to get the ongoing treatment he needs to continue improving and regaining his health and his life...your love and concern keep us going through the most difficult times and endure the setbacks and we know on the good days and when we reach huge milestones in improvement that it is directly because of the help we have received from kind and generous and compassionate friends, family and even those we've never met ( yet)...thank all from the bottom of our hearts. Please see the photos of text from his medical progress reports for the great improvements and will post more positive news soon and hopefully more regularly. It has tested every area of our lives but we are keeping positive attitude and doing our best daily. thankyou everyone!
Angie, for my Tom

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