A little bit about me…

Hi and welcome to my very first blog!

I am Chantelle, 29, and have been battling Lyme Disease for the last 14 months. I became unwell whilst working at sea as a stewardess on a classic Motor Yacht Dona Amelia. I have been so lucky to work in the yachting industry and have had a chance to visit some amazing places on my travels.  I loved every minute of my time sailing the seas between idyllic Caribbean islands, but unfortunately in this instance I was faced with trouble in paradise. I first became unwell back in 2012 but was unaware that I had been bitten by a tick. Unfortunately, not only did I contract Lyme Disease from this bite, but I was also infected with two co-infections; Bartonella and Babesia.

As time goes by this disease takes every opportunity to slowly destroy my body in so many ways and has already shown signs of neurological damage.

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To ensure the best chance of recovery from this illness, I must travel to the USA for extensive private medical treatment and therapies to rid my body of the Lyme bacteria and re-boost the immune system.

I can no longer work, so I have been fundraising to pay for my flights, accommodation and treatment at a specialist clinic. It is going to cost me over £20,000 so I can beat this disease and get back to loving, living, life!

Over time I will post on how and when I fell ill, my symptoms and the numerous visits to hospital! I will primarily use this blog to log my journey of recovery from this disease. By sharing my story I hope to keep all my friends and family updated, as well as share my experiences to help others as they also fight Lyme. Online support has been a lifeline for me when I had little knowledge of this medical condition, so I feel it’s only right to help and support others, now and in the future. Chantelle x ⚓️

http://www.biteback4chantelle.co.uk

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