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My Lyme Disease Journey

In 2007 I went from being an active mother of two small boys to a near invalid due to Lyme Disease. I was initially diagnosed and treated by an ID, but only received 3 weeks of doxycycline. When I was no better, in fact, far worse off, after the three weeks, I phoned the ID to explain my condition and was told, “We all have aches and pains. What you’re suffering from has nothing to do with Lyme and is solely old age and arthritis.”  Therefore, I did not get better. As I watched my health slip further and further away, I had to search out a Lyme knowledgeable doctor to treat me. A month later, I was lucky enough to find such a doctor. That doctor saved my life. I would not be here today without that doctor, who understood Lyme. Recovery was slow, but I did recover. I also vowed once I recovered I would do all I could to help others with Lyme. This is my effort to help others, to make a difference, because no one should have to suffer the pain of Lyme 24/7 without a cure or hope for a cure.

The Fundraiser: Angela Coulombe
Saco, Maine, United States

In 2007, after running the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, I started to experience symptoms of Lyme Disease. Three months later I received a positive diagnosis. I went from an active mother of 2 young boys to a near invalid who could not walk properly, dress myself, get in and out of bed without assistance, climb stairs without help, all in the course of three months. It took me two years to recover and during this time, I dreamed of not only running again, but to push myself beyond what I had ever done before by training for a marathon - and not just ANY marathon, but one of the World Major marathons; the NYC marathon. I also wanted to raise awareness about Lyme Disease along the way. That was 5 year ago and I got hooked. My proudest moment in this journey was in 2012 when I qualified to run the Boston Marathon, and so my dream to run the five major world marathons to raise awareness about Lyme began. In September of 2016 I will realize my greatest dream of completing the "Big Five" world major marathons (okay, I know there are six, but Tokyo was added in 2013, three years after I started my mission). As such, I'd like to raise as much money as possible to train future doctors to be Lyme knowledgeable. No one should have to live in constant pain 24/7 without answers or a cure. Please make a difference and donate today, help me make a difference in the fight against Lyme Disease.

Backers

  1. Jim & Patti Berger
    $26.20
  2. Ann marie Lane
    $26.20
  3. Karen Fortier
    $26.20
  4. Cheryl Worswick
    $13.10
  5. Maureen Foley-Bolling
    $13.10
  6. Amy Bedard
    $50.00
  7. Carol Sylvester
    $50.00
  8. Sharon Vaznis
    $200.00
  9. Joanna Connor
    $50.00
  10. MaineLyme
    $100.00
  11. Michelle Lawson
    $26.20
  12. Diane Martin
    $26.20
  13. Katherine Chabot-Boucher
    $50.00
  14. Jan Rüger
    $100.00
  15. Marilyn Lambert
    $26.20
  16. Louis Coulombe
    $50.00
  17. Annette Coulombe
    $50.00
  18. Victoria Delfino
    $200.00

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