Wednesday, 19 March 2014

KATY'S BEAUTY COMMUNITY - 100 LYMELIGHT KEEPERS FOR SHERIDAN

This is Sheridan Jones, a gorgeous 26 year old woman who is currently not doing so well. For the last 18 months, she's endured tests after tests, misdiagnosis, ineffective treatments for diseases she doesn't even have, and all the while, it could have been prevented if doctors had recognized her illness when she first started to show symptoms.

Sheridan has Lyme Disease, something which is virtually unheard of in Australia, but well known around the world for its debilitating symptoms if left untreated. In fact, Sheridan was originally diagnosed with MS, and as her condition rapidly deteriorated, she and her family had been preparing for a life sentence of neurological symptoms.

More recently, she was referred to a Lyme specialist in WA, who diagnosed her illness and has been working with her to control her symptoms and start her on the road to recovery. Lyme disease is transmitted by Deer ticks (hence the reason it's so rare here, we generally don't have a lot of contact with Deer), and in its earliest stages can be treated with fairly simple antibiotics. In the later stages, once neurological symptoms have begun to appear, it requires far more intensive treatment, and that's where the beauty community comes in.

100 Lymelight keepers for Sheridan has been formed by her family to help raise funds for the amazingly costly treatment that Sheridan will need to have, and because we don't have specialist treatment centers for it here in Australia, she'll likely have to go overseas to be treated and get her out of the wheelchair that has become a part of her daily life.

You can help by heading over to their facebook page and hitting the like button, sharing Sheridan's story and encouraging others to become educated about Lyme Disease. Also, there is a fund set up over there for donations towards Sheridan's treatment, if you're inclined to donate, or participate in their fundraising activities.

You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/lightonlymes

A little side note on why this cause is close to my heart; Sheridan's Grandmother is a friend of mine and I first met Sheridan when she was about 12. It breaks my heart to think of anyone going through what she's currently living with, so I'm out to raise as much awareness as I can to help Sheridan and her family.

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