At only 22 years of age, she is almost completely bedridden. During her youth, Sarah excelled in sports, but was forced to stop playing Volleyball and Soccer as early symptoms of Lyme made it too difficult and painful for her to compete. A 2016 graduate of St. Charles North High School, she missed half her high school days, the majority of social activities and had to drop out of everything she had once cherished in school including Choir, Jazz Band, Cross Country and Peer Leadership. She was tutored from bed her entire Senior year. Today, Sarah should be a Senior in College, but has been unable to take any college courses due to the severity of her illness.
Sarah suffers daily with excruciating all-over nerve, bone and muscle pain, Gastroparesis, severe neurological issues, Endocrine dysfunction, among other debilitating ailments. Lyme disease is literally consuming her from within, attacking her organs and creating a pain that can only be described as torture.
Sarah’s body now rejects most nutrients necessary for her body to survive. This has forced her to get the nutrients intravenously. Sarah is in desperate need of a surgically implanted port so that she can receive the nutrients without an I.V. Currently, she’s functioning at only 10%-15% of what a normal 22-year-old woman should be functioning.