One Step Closer
When I thought of how I wanted Partner in Lyme to operate, the word that kept coming to me was simplicity. Lyme patients often lead complicated lives. The last thing I wanted to do was to design an application process that added stress to an already stressed life.
After researching many foundations in the Lyme community, I settled on the following steps:
Tell us your story
Lyme looks different for different people in different stages of the disease, however one thing is consistent, the expense.
We require the treating doctor mail us a signed letter confirming diagnosis. The letter must be signed and dated by the doctor, who must be defined as a Lyme-literate MD, ND, DO, PA-C, or NP. The letter must state the patient's name and date of birth. The letter must be dated in the calendar year in which the application is made. The application is not complete until Partner in Lyme, Inc. receives the doctor’s letter. The doctor’s letter is valid for 2 years.
Commit to partner with us
We ask every awardee to sign a pledge form, committing to provide feedback and verifying use of the funds including submission of receipts. Assistance is provided in two $500 increments; the first immediately upon notification and the second after submission of receipts showing how the first $500 was used for treatment.
We ask each awardee to complete the Assistance Feedback Form: How did you use the funds? What treatment opportunities were made available with the funds? How did this affect your healing process?
In April we assisted a woman in her battle against Lyme Disease and other tick borne infections. She gave me permission to share her story:
“I was a single, independent woman with no close family. I could no longer work or do almost anything to help myself. After continued months of inconclusive tests and confusing diagnoses, I was finally guided (mostly through word of mouth) to iGenix and received a positive result for Lyme and Ehrlichia. Further testing with Galaxy showed that I was also positive for Bartonella, and I am also diagnosed with secondary mast cell activation, vasculitis, autoimmune encephalitis, and PTSD - all seemingly resulting from this tick-borne illness. Unfortunately, I am unable to afford continued treatment without additional financial help.”
This is why supporting Partner in Lyme is so important. Our assistance enables someone to continue treatment in order to move one step closer to the health they once knew.