What will Jodie use these funds for?
As Jodie has late-stage Lyme disease, meaning the Lyme and co-infections are affecting her whole body systems, she requires a long-term comprehensive treatment protocol for the best possible chance for a sustained remission. After Jodie's initial treatment at the London Lyme Clinic, she has moved to a top lyme consultant in Washington. This is due to her gut infections meaning antibiotic treatment is no longer an option for Jodie. Her lyme consultant in Washington was highly recommended as she has a brilliant success rate with treating Chronic Lyme Disease using a range of both traditional and alternative treatments tailored to each individual patient. Jodie is very confident in her treatment.
The more funds we raise the more comprehensive Jodie's treatment protocol will be for a higher chance of a remission from Chronic Lyme Disease.
Why can Jodie not receive adequate treatment from the NHS?
The NHS has no experience of treating chronic Lyme, doesn't have the expertise or knowledge and doesn't offer treatment beyond symptomatic help. Chronic Lyme treatment is complicated and individualised and needs to be based on clinician experience to deliver the best protocols for each patient. There are no protocols for treating Chronic Lyme in the NHS currently, more research is needed to establish an adequate protocol.
What will happen if Jodie does not get treatment?
As Jodie's lyme disease is progressing rapidly, she risks getting life-threatening complications from her on-going infection. As lyme affects the whole body systems, different parts of the organs can begin to have major complications which can require surgery. Due to further complications caused by ongoing infections, in some cases 'lyme disease' has been fatal.
Why is Jodie severely affected?
Jodie has two co-infections alongside her lyme which have knocked her system even more, creating more debilitating symptoms. Jodie's blood tests indicate chronic immune suppression and cellular immune deficiency. Her immune system has been overloaded and can no longer fight any of these infections. It also makes her more susceptible to further infection such as virus's, parasites, mycotoxicty and heavy metal, for which some she has tested positive on her blood & urine tests.
How long will the treatment take?
As Jodie's doctor suspects she has had Lyme disease for a very long time, 7-20 years, her treatment will take some time. She suspects in one year she will be able to start piecing together her life again, however she understands it could take 2/3 years until she feels she is fully recovered/ in remission.