Help fund USA treatment

Friends and family of a Sheffield woman currently undergoing treatment in America after a life-threatening illness was misdiagnosed have raised over £14,000 to fund treatment.

Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 9:37 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th March 2016, 9:41 am
Vanessa Boyd from Dronfield, Derbyshire, who suffered Lyme disease and claims she was misdiagnosed for 12 YEARS after doctors said she was just depressed. See Ross Parry copy RPYLYME : A young woman suffering from the debilitating symptoms of a life-threatening illness claims she was misdiagnosed for 12 YEARS - by doctors who said she was depressed. Vanessa Boyd, 28, saw at least 30 different health professionals from age 16 with a number of different symptoms including vertigo, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, blurred vision, bleeding from the ear and numbness but was told she had "generalised anxiety disorder". It wasn't until she researched the symptoms of Lyme disease and requested a private test for the tick-borne illness that she was diagnosed with it in July 2015. Following further tests, Vanessa discovered she had late-stage Lyme disease in September last year, was given a month of treatment and told the NHS could manage her symptoms. Vanessa said: "Current treatment in the UK for late stage Lyme diseas

Vanessa Boyd, aged 28, is being treated for Lyme Disease after she says medics wrongly diagnosed her as having depression for 12 years.

The former engineer said: “After being told so many times that I was depressed and there was nothing wrong with me, I started to believe it. I was thinking ‘Am I crazy?’ and began to believe it was all in my head.”

Vanessa has now flown to the USA to undergo pioneering treatment.

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As the treatment is so expensive, friends and family have organised three fundraisers so far – and have raised over £11,000.

The next event will be held this Sunday, March 20, at The Dronfield Pioneer Club, on Stonelow Road.

The ‘Family Fun Fundraising day’ will take place between 2pm and 5pm.

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