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This is my son, Cullen. He has been sick for over ten years and at times he thought he was going to die. It was only recently that we finally received a diagnosis of Lyme disease. If you are at all familiar with Lyme, it destroys lives and wreaks havoc on the body. Lyme will rob you of your life if it is not caught early enough for treatments to work. The longer it goes undiagnosed, the worse it becomes and the harder it is to treat. Lyme caused food allergies that limit Cullen to only 5 foods. It has left him with hypothyroidism, depression, anxiety, and as of late when Lyme reached his brain, it altered his speech, his ability to read effectively, absorb, retain and process information. It has affected his coordination and reflexes so that he has not driven in almost 3 years. Lyme disease ravaged Cullen's body and put his life on hold. He was home-schooled for most of his formative years, missing all of the milestone moments and friendships those years are all about. We traveled the country for years in search of a diagnosis and treatment, and all this time, Cullen's health continued to deteriorate with no diagnosis ever having been identified and thousands of dollars spent trying. He is weak, frail, afraid of life. He is anxious and depressed and wonders why this happened to him.
After all these years, he has not lost hope and that strength is incredible to me after all he has been through. In 2015 we were led to a Lyme Literate MD and after finding one of these specialists, we received a diagnosis of Lyme disease with co-infections of Borrelia and Bartonella. Cullen is now 22. He had to withdraw from college because he is too sick to attend any longer. He spends his days at home waiting for the miracle of healing so that he can go back to school and step back into his life fully and completely. He is keenly aware of the milestones and experiences he has missed out on. His friends are virtual ones. It has been heart-wrenching to watch him suffer mentally, emotionally and physically, but I am so grateful to be here with him to help get him through the days and take him to his medical appointments when it is needed. With the mounting health expenses for Cullen, I started a small business run in part from my home office. The Beet Lady manufactures products for individuals like Cullen who have health issues and need alternatives. It's a small business, but it provides a little extra income to help cover some of the costs for Cullen's medical expenses. It is my hope through this GoFundMe page, that I can raise funds so that a trip to either Mexico's Sanoviv Clinic or Germany to the St. George Clinic for Hyperthermia Treatments to heal his chronic Lyme Disease can happen. Hyperthermia is a treatment that came to my attention a few months ago and the stories I have read while researching, include people who have recovered and these stories give me enormous hope. It is a very expensive treatment; however, this therapy has the potential to restore Cullen's health so that one day he can fully embrace his life. If we can raise the funds for the treatment, it could mean a brand new beginning and a second chance at life for my Cullen. Thank you for taking the time to read his story and if you can help us, we would be so grateful. Thank you.