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Auburn woman lives Lyme disease hell

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My name is Shayla DeRenne. I’m 22 years old and have been a resident of Auburn for 15 years. I wanted to sincerely thank you for the article you placed in the Journal about Lyme disease (“Winter Lyme disease warning announced for Placer County,” Feb. 2). I don’t believe there is enough awareness when it comes to Lyme. No one knows more about the effects than I do. I was diagnosed with Lyme when I was 12 and my life has never been the same. At first I wanted just close friends and family to know about what I go through on a daily basis. Now, however; I want to raise awareness. This last year has been the worst to date. I didn’t think I was going to make it. My chronic leg pain, heart palpitations, continued treatments from various doctors all not working, I sunk into a depression that I had only known by reading in books or watching movies. I attempted to end my life and was unsuccessful. I started cutting myself and being very destructive. I come from a faith-based home and this was all very scary to my family. I see a counselor now on a regular basis as well as a psychologist. I’m in treatment for Lyme right now. I see Dr. Harris in Redwood City and I’m currently doing IV treatment every day through a PICC line I had installed four months ago. Nothing has worked to date. I’m still living this hell. I have been in and out of a wheelchair, various medical clinics, and infusion centers, and many other doctor and alternative treatment centers. I find myself in and out of the hospital, as well. I sarcastically joke that they know me well at Auburn Faith. I am in the appeal process with Social Security, and have not received an answer in over a year. I have recently contacted Congressman Tom McClintock and some various news associations. I’m ready to raise awareness and get my story out there. There are ribbons and walks for cancer. What about the disease like Lyme’s where your appearance is fine but everything on the inside is aching. Memory loss, heart palpitations, fainting spells, seizures etc. Thanks again for the article in the paper and I’m hoping someone can report a more personal story in the Journal. Shayla DeRenne, Auburn