How long before the hour-glass runs out
And death puts an end to those who doubt?
How many bridges will we have to burn
Of a friendship for which there can be no return?
How many more lives will we have to pine
Of those who are gone before their time?
How long before people wake and see
The harsh deadly reality of the disease called Lyme?
~ Laura Johns Moore, a fellow Lymie and mutual friend (thank you for sharing your heart)
This poignantly beautiful poem was written by another member of our online Lyme community for our dear fallen Lyme Sister, 36 year-old Angela Quinn Hausman. Angela lost her 10-year battle to chronic Lyme Disease, which some (IDSA) doctors say does not exist, on Monday, Memorial Day- May 30, 2011. If CLD didn’t exist, Angela would still be here, right now, caring for her husband and the 2 beautiful young children she left behind. She would still be spreading her bright light and caring soul in our Facebook Lyme community, cheering us up and on in our fights for our own lives… We would be able to have the gift of time, getting to know her better, if she had gotten proper treatment for the long-term Borrelia infection that was raging through and devastating her precious body over the course of a decade. She sought help in the medical community for this devastating disease, who still as a whole, deny how easy-to-get and hard-to-cure Lyme is! How many more of our desperately shining stars have to burn out from this persistent, rapidly-spreading, disabling and deadly disease before we are granted the basic American right to proper diagnosis and treatment? This madness has to stop!
In her father’s own words: “Angela had Lyme Disease. She was bitten by a tick in San Diego over 10 years ago. Doctors treated her for everything under the sun until she finally found a Doctor who specialized in chronic diseases. They almost immediately diagnosed her with Lyme Disease. She suffered for years and the stupid medical profession still won’t admit to the world the devastating effects of that disease. Lyme Disease has now taken another life. She was 36 years old and leaves behind a great husband and two beautiful children. She was my pride and joy and I marveled at all her accomplishments during her short life. She was a magnificent daughter and I am so proud of her. I’ve never before felt the agony I’m feeling now.” ~Steve Quinn
All of us with chronic Lyme Disease are fighting this fight every day, for our lives and our quality of life while an invisible war goes on inside our brains, hearts, & joints- deep into every crevice the spirochete bacteria can find to hide from the pitifully inadequate lab tests that are designed to be so easily evaded. Angela, you will be dearly missed, even though we were just getting to know the gift that was you, and we will not forget you. Lyme may affect our memories at times, but we will always remember you, holding you warm in our hearts and feel you with us as our sweet Lyme Angel, as we do our best to keep up the hope, to fight and survive another day.
Anyone who does not know what I am talking about… please, PLEASE watch Under Our Skin and share this award-winning documentary with every person you can. And then, watch Under The Eightball. Awareness is how we will change this evil virus called “greed” that has long corrupted our system and caused so much unwarranted death and suffering, in so many other ways besides denying that chronic Lyme Disease exists.
WAKE UP AMERICA! YOUR HEALTH, FUTURE AND LIVES DEPEND ON IT!!!