Will you support Lyme Education?

2 - 1I have come to realize that Lyme & its co-infections probably invaded my body during 1990 ~26 or more years ago. The anniversary of: my diagnosis is April 2014; finding a Lyme Literate Practitioner is October 2014, and returning to school part time to finish within my school’s deadline is January 2017. When I walk across the stage in 2017 in New Orlean’s obtaining my FNP/DNP in 2017, I will still have have Lyme Disease and be under treatment for years after.

I am sending out a call to all for a helping hand.  My name is Melody, my goal is to improve the treatment of Lyme Disease in Louisiana. During my battle with Lyme, I have been told by multiple medical doctors and specialists that “There is NO such thing as Lyme Disease in Louisiana.” Please help me to change this preception by donating and helping me to further my Lyme education.

I am an Family Nurse Practitioner Student, and a Lymie! Currently, in Louisiana I only know of two Lyme Literate Doctors; one of them is Dr. Forrester. He has graciously agreed to share his wealth of knowledge with me so that I can better treat Lyme patients in Southeast Louisiana upon graduation. This means lots of travel, his office is in Pineville and I live in Saint Francisville. Due to my extensive and expensive Lyme Treatments, I am in need of financial support to complete my Lyme focused capstone project and to advance my Lyme knowledge.

The rest of my Lyme Testimony and Financially Support Melody Here

Yours in health promotion, Melody

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About Lyme Lives EveryWhere

Angola Inmate Hospice volunteers taught me to trust God and the power of forgiveness. I have always been fascinated by how people 'discover' their gifts/callings. As a coping mechanism for a complicated home life; I liked to run outdoors regardless the weather. After University my running was curtailed due to mystery ailments that would flare up on-and-off for decades. Intuitively, I have been soaking in epsom salt baths ever since I became a runner. Perhaps that is what kept my immune system functioning for so long. In 2005, my mystery ailments returned. After a decade of suffering and symptom flare ups, I was told by health care practitioners to learn to live with what was ailing me. In 2013, my immune system shut down and resulted in a health crisis; ultimately saving my life. Tired of being sick and tired, by divine intervention I found an amazing advocate in Dr. Amanda Lea; an osteopathic physician in Zachary Louisiana. Two days before I found her, a friend put me on her church prayer list as I searched for answers. Dr. Lea was setting up a new practice and worked me in the day after the prayer chain started. She listened to my health history uninterrupted for 45 minutes. After my diagnosis, I went to see a Lyme experienced MD, the head of infectious disease at a large hospital in New Orleans. She opened the office door, walked in and proclaimed that "Lyme disease does not exist in Louisiana". That day my passion for Lyme awareness, education and advocacy was revealed to me.
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