Valerie Stauffer

I am a Lyme disease sufferer. I was infected in approximately 1992 in Northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne). I suffered for approximately 10 years with diagnoses that ran the whole gamut of possible culprits – MS, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Mono, arthritis (unknown origin), etc.

Then in 2002, I actually lost my vision, and an eye surgeon ordered a Lyme test. I was CDC positive and yet was told that it doesn’t need to be treated because I had been infected for so long that there isn’t a treatment.

I have been in a wheelchair four times, have permanent nerve damage, confirmed arthritis, and have been bedridden twice for extended periods. And I have made it my goal to bring awareness to this debilitating disease.

Throughout my journey, I have sought ways to be true to myself, despite the physical and emotional barriers of Lyme and co-infections. My passion is running! When I run I feel free – free of the ongoing blood tests, doctors appointments, infusions, medication, and symptoms. I have gone from being in a wheelchair to running (and finishing) races, including the 2015 OneAmerican Indy 500 Mini-Marathon. All 13.1 miles of it!

My healing efforts continue and I look forward to helping others with Lyme.

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