The reality of how deep the sadness and hopelessly is was a very sobering truth. I met an elderly lady in my hometown who had a tick bite, had the bulls-eye rash & had the symptoms, but since her blood test was negative (a false negative) they refused her antibiotics. That was the single most crushing reality to swallow, especially hearing her story of how hard she fought to get someone to help her. She was brushed off because she was a senior, and my jaw was on the floor while my heart was shattering in my chest.
I loved reading about all the incredible stories all over the country of other fighters who spoke out about this disease, but each of their stories resonated so deeply it was as if could feel their pain in each word.
On top of all of that, I have have seen a huge influx of crowd funding campaigns because the cost of getting well out of pocket is insurmountable & the desire to thrive and be well lies in the ability to be able to fund treatment. This reality of how badly the healthcare system is failing was another reminder of why I do what I do. The dream & the goal is to fund research for accurate testing & more research for a cure. Fighting for remission is not enough, but it's all that thousands of people have who suffer each day & courageously battle to put the pieces of their life together again. It's a long road to recovery & many patients are succumbed to being bed bound while trying different protocols to find one that gives them relief. This disease creates so much unnecessary suffering & it should not be like this. If I could I would take away all the suffering & fund my own team of Doctors to find a cure. But although I can't do that realistically on my own, there is one thing I can do.. One thing
that is in my power is the ability to spread love to those who need it.
With that being said, this year I will take on 2 Random Acts of Kindness recipients. I did this last year and it went really well! None of the recipients ever knew who their surprise care package was from (which is the goal), and I got emails afterwards from the friends/family members who arranged it & overall it was a wonderful experience. Sometimes life can feel really lonely and overwhelming for all of us. And sometimes we just need to know that someone cares. Having that can make all the difference in the world to keep fighting.
I will take the first 2 people who email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ... The way it works is if you know someone who could use a random act of kindness care package then please email me. I will get info from you on what they like, their clothing size etc & create a care package customized with things they would like. It's just one small thing, but if we can all share a bit of love with those who need it then I believe we can make the world a better place.