growing hope IS DEDICATED TO THE EDUCATION AND SUPPORT OF THOSE LIVING WITH Lyme Disease . THERE ARE STRENGTH IN NUMBERS AND TOGETHER WE CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF those affected with this disease.
growing hope was started as an idea for one, but has evolved into something beautiful for many. it began as i fight my own battle against lyme disease, for the thousands of people who are fighting the same battle everyday, help is here. by spreading awareness, providing education and purchasing products from lyme FIGHTERS AROUND THE COUNTRY, WE CAN ALL join together for
to make a difference,
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Living with Lyme is a daily struggle that most simply do not understand. You are not alone, many of us deal with the same symptoms and same frustrations, I want you to get to know me, as I share my stories, I hope you will share yours too. I hope that by reading my blog it will help, educate, and provide our readers with comfort to know you are not alone. I will share my experiences, thoughts, struggles and doctors visits. I welcome any and all questions. Coming Soon, keep an eye out for
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WE ARE COMMITTED TO PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL WELL BEING OF OUR FOLLOWERS. WITH TREATMENTS CONSUMING OUR POSITIVE ENERGY AND MONEY, WE WANTED A WAY FOR ANYONE TO HELP EVERYONE. GROWING HOPE CHEST IS AN ONLINE STORE FOR EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST LYME DISEASE. BY PURCHASING PRODUCTS MADE BY PEOPLE AFFECTED WITH LYME
DISEASE FROM AROUND THE U.S., WE ALL HELP THEM, HELP THEIR FIGHT BY CONTRIBUTING FOR THE TREATMENT NEEDED TO SURVIVE AND COME ONE STEP CLOSER TO FINDING A CURE.
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This website was created FOR anyone and everyone affected with this terrible disease. I want to hear from you, your stories, your successes and even your frustrations. There are so many people in the U.S. right fighting the same battle, we need to stand together. If you need help with treatment, want to share your story or just have questions contact me. Your email is private and your story real, let's try to help heal each other in any way we can.
Allow me to introduce myself
Founder of Growing Hope
My name is Kelli and I have lived in the Northeast my entire life. I have always lived in the country and enjoy nature and the outdoors more then the average person. My furry girl Trinity (pictured above) and I frequently go for walks in the woods and you can find us, most days, outside. My story starts like many of yours, in 2011 I started feeling like I was coming down with the flu. I worked a full time job and week after week I was constantly getting sick only to recover a week later and have the same thing reoccur. After four weeks, the symptoms did not go away. It started just like the flu, achy joints, chills, hot flashes, sweats and fatigue. Like many of us do, I went to my family doctor and trusted him with determining the cause. Week after week, month after month and finally year after year, I had no answers. Two years of testing, two years of hell, first my fingers would swell so badly that I could barely move them. The fatigue was overwhelming as was the pain and the sleepless nights plagued by night sweats. I visited eight specialists, some laughed at me, some told me to see a psychiatrist and some told me I was drug seeking, nobody listened. I was diagnosed with ALS, MS, Whipples, Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia and Cronhs by various doctors. Since I never found a tick, had a bulls-eye or even found a bite and my symptoms were so advanced, it just couldn't be Lyme disease they said, or could it?. Four trips to the ER with doctors who either thought I was crazy or drug seeking, I spent 6 months on the couch in so much pain that walking was nearly impossible. At 30 years old, I thought I was going to die and my fiance and I were set to be married within a year. I was going to beat this, I was going to have my wedding day, I was determined to find some answers. My family doctor ran Lyme test after Lyme test and swore to me that they were all negative. We trust our doctors with our lives so who am I to question his judgement and diagnosis. I had become suspicious as to why he didn't have any answers and why I was taking so many pills just to be able to function. One day I said to him "I can't do this anymore, I need to try something different, maybe holistic medicine". With that his response was " You don't want to try that, it's expensive and it doesn't work, we'll figure it out, we'll just try something different". This is the day I knew something wasn't right and this was the last day I ever saw him. That last visit prompted me to investigate a Lyme disease specialist. Enter Dr. Domenick Braccia, a renown Lyme specialists right here in Montgomery County, PA. By the time I had seen him my symptoms were not only physical but neurological. I started stuttering, I couldn't find the right words and I felt like someone was literally sucking the life out of me. He took one look at my test results and said "You have Lyme Disease, it's right here in black and white". Turns out, my family doctor either lied or wasn't educated enough to see that it was a confirmed diagnosis. From that day forward I haven't left this doctor's side and I continue to slowly improve and I am currently on my fourth round of oral antiboitic treatment. My symptoms are still here and neurologically I am not getting worse, I have faith and hope in this doctor and his methods and I know that he will cure me one day. Even though I am definitely on the right path to recovery, frustration is my biggest opponent. You simple grow tired of being tired and always being in pain. I am 34 years old and I feel 30 years older most days, I had to do something positive. I needed to raise money for intravenous treatment to help with the costs of my current treatment. After 4 years of paying for treatments, medications, and visits, it has taken its toll , like it has most hard working people trying to fight the same battle. As many of you know, Lyme Disease is NOT listed as a chronic condition on most insurance companies and therefore, it is not covered. The only medication that will essentially save my life is so close but out of reach. I knew that not only did I need to be prepared for this treatment but I needed to do something for other Lyme disease victims in the same position. Why was there no help out there for people with Lyme?, Growing Hope was born with the idea that hope is not lost for those of us battling Lyme disease. I have run into so many people in the same position and I knew that this was bigger then one person, this was not just about me anymore, this was about bringing hope to people who need it. The rest is history!, I decided that this organization needed to help as many as possible with Lyme, in any way that we can. All of us need to come together and help one another and together we can offer hope that one day our conditions will be realized and treated with humility and compassion and that we all need to keep Growing Hope. Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you.
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