A 22-year-old Canadian lady combating a debilitating case of Lyme illness dedicated suicide “to free herself from the insufferable ache,” her grieving dad stated.
“It’s with the heaviest of hearts (and nonetheless in shock) that I share the tragic information that our sweetheart Amelie (22) took her personal life this previous Sunday,” Alain Champagne, CEO of Le Groupe Maurice in Canada, wrote on LinkedIn earlier this month.
“We had been witnesses as to how difficult life had turn into for her in coping with the evolving Lyme illness signs,” the grief-stricken father continued.
He defined that his daughter had suffered for years however solely not too long ago acquired the prognosis within the US in June — after “years of medical errance” of their residence metropolis of Quebec.
He wrote that “over time and regardless of the current remedies, the illness had advanced approach past the quite a few bodily signs and was now severely impacting her mind.”
He stated Amelie was so wracked by the tick-borne bacterial an infection that “she determined to free herself from the insufferable ache,” Champagne wrote.
However regardless of his daughter’s sickness, the daddy gushed in regards to the affect Amelie had on these she met.
“Amelie left a long-lasting impression via her partaking and empathetic persona. Regardless of the struggles of the previous few years she persevered via college, saved working at a respite middle for handicapped children, was beginning to volunteer at a homeless shelter close to our place … and remained ever the colourful/fun-loving buddy and member of our household,” he stated.
Lyme illness, the most typical vector-borne illness within the US, is brought on by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, and generally Borrelia mayonii, in response to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
Widespread signs embrace fever, headache, fatigue and a attribute pores and skin rash. If left untreated, an infection can unfold to joints, the guts, and the nervous system.
Most instances may be handled efficiently with antibiotics if identified. Nevertheless, prognosis may be tough as a result of early signs are widespread to many different diseases.
Canadian pop-rock star Avril Lavigne additionally suffered a extreme case of Lyme illness. Lavigne, 37, who was identified in 2015, stated it was so debilitating, she had “accepted dying.”
“I had accepted dying and will really feel my physique shutting down. I felt like I used to be drowning. Like I used to be going below water and I simply wanted to return up for air. Like I used to be in a river being pulled in a present. Unable to breathe,” she wrote in an open letter to followers in 2018.
The singer has launched a basis, The Avril Lavigne Basis, to assist battle the illness.
If you’re combating suicidal ideas or are experiencing a psychological well being disaster and stay in New York Metropolis, you’ll be able to name 1-888-NYC-WELL without spending a dime and confidential disaster counseling. If you happen to stay exterior the 5 boroughs, you’ll be able to dial the 24/7 Nationwide Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.