I would like to thank my friends, family, members throughout the community, doctors, fellow lymies, even those who I have never met, for being so supportive & on many different levels. Without each and every single person’s help, whether it be to donate and/or help raise money, help spread awareness, be a shoulder to cry on, be an advocate, a fellow Lymie, and overall letting me know that I have your support, I would have never been able to make it this far.
I’d also like to thank all the doctors and individuals who said I was crazy — that there was no such thing as Lyme disease — and for those who doubted I’d ever go anywhere in life due to my health and well-being. You have been the fuel to my fire, keep pushing forward, even when it seemed there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I managed to find the right doctors who helped me get to this point and have guided me to the path of recovery. This past May, I continued to do the impossible and graduate Syracuse University, with a B.S. in Public Health. I even, in fact, made Dean’s List. There were many times where I came close to taking a medical leave (again) or leaving school altogether due to my health, but both the support and doubt only made me stronger.
All those who suffer from Lyme disease — whether it is or is not “officially” diagnosed — you all deserve to be heard and recognized. They, too, have never given up fighting for their beliefs, most importantly their own health, despite the controversy surrounding this disease. For each individual helps another, giving them the courage and strength to keep fighting.
Most of all, I’d like to thank: (in no particular order)
Eileen, Ron and Luke Van Brandenburg
Andrew Bauer <3
Mr. & Mrs. Bauer
The Waldron Family
The Kelly Family
The Eyrich Family
Old Tappan Veterinary
The Amonica Family
The Venturini Family
The Perlowski/Subrizi Family
Paul’s House of Fish
The Tuite Family
Cheryl and Caleb of Bits of Love jewelry
Hungaria Stamp Exchange
Home Care Services
Abrams & McKeever LLC
Bodhi Handmade Soap
Syracuse University Health Services & other staff members
The Norwood Fire Dept.
Norwood Board of Health
The Congiusti Family
The Schettino Family
Lyme-Aid: Tick Testing For People and Pets
The Mason Family
The Harper Family
The Klose Family
The Mooney Family
Gregg Kirk of The Ticked Off Music Fest
The Colonial Inn
Damminix Tick Tubes
The Whiteman Family
Northvale Volunteer Fire Dept.
Northern Valley Suburbanite/NorthJersey.com, Marc Lightdale, Danielle Parhizkaran and all staff members!
Dr. Richard Bloom
Biddy O’Malley’s Irish bistro and bar
Wine and Whiskey Barrel
Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA)
Thank you to all anonymous donors!!!
I also want to thank those who have been following my blog, who I have been in contact with through social media and those who have even emailed me- The Lyme community I have found online (various organizations, healthcare professions, fellow lymies and individuals who are complete strangers) have been so supportive! Not only of me, but to help spread awareness because they genuinely care about all those who have been touched by Lyme & other tick-borne illnesses. I only wish I had used this outlet years ago, but it can be scary to talk to people you have never met, have the entire world see what you write and learn about who you are. I know I still feel self-conscious at times, sharing my most personal thoughts and feelings. But I keep in mind why it is I started this all- not only to get the treatment I need, but to let others know their not alone and to protect & prevent anyone I possibly can from this horrible disease.
I wish you all the best of luck as you each travel down your road to recovery and I thank you for your continued support as I fight for my own health and well-being.