Fremantle: living with Lyme Disease

Stephen Harrison (dog Frankie) is suffering from Lyme Disease and is raising money on a go fund me page to seek treatment.
Stephen Harrison (dog Frankie) is suffering from Lyme Disease and is raising money on a go fund me page to seek treatment.

FOR Stephen Harrison, the statement that you never really know what people are going through couldn’t be more true.

After six years of going to different doctors, he was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in 2016.

“Lyme disease was never floated in the six years of struggle before diagnosis,” he said.

“I was later diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that gradually developed traits of Fibromyalgia.

“Due to the way Lyme disease is acquired (tick bite) it generally affects those who have previously been fit, healthy and active.

“The easiest example of what a day feels like is having a moderate genuine flu, day in and day out for years on end, pretty unimaginable.

“The biggest issue seems to be the debate whether Lyme Disease exists in Australia.”

The Fremantle resident said he hasn’t been able to work for over two years.

“It has put a huge financial strain on myself and my partner,” he said.

“Obtaining a diagnosis is expensive and treatments are even more expensive.

“I have been on a 11 month long regime of antibiotics, antivirals, analgesics and multiple other medications, daily I take between 40-70 tablets.

“Currently medications alone cost $800 – $1000 per month and other treatments have been many thousands of dollars.”

Mr Harrison hopes that in six to 12 months time he will be able to pick up work.

His partners’ sister set up a go fund me page to help raise money for treatment.

If you would like to donate to Mr Harrisons treatment head to https://www.gofundme.com/can-you-spare-just-100.