News Video here

Jacksonville family shares daughter’s 9 month diagnosis of rare disease

By: Brittney Verner , Action News Jax


A local mom whose daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease is now warning other parents to be on the lookout if their kids have the same symptoms.

Cynthia Donalson said it took them almost 9 months to find out their daughter was diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Donalson said for almost a year her daughter Anna who’s now 14 has been fighting to live a normal and healthier life.

“She had suffered off and on with stomach issues. She went from being 117 pounds to 104 pounds,” Donalson.

She said it started last March and that’s when they started to seek medical attention.

“She saw a gastroenterologist at Wolfson‘s had several trips to the emergency room. They tried everything and could not find anything,” Donalson said.

She said by the end of the summer she was 85 pounds. Last December a doctor diagnosed Anna with Lyme disease. The disease is caused by bacteria and is transmitted through a bite from an animal or insect.

“It was horrible to watch because she was basically disintegrating in front of me,” Donalson said.

Anna said it’s unclear where she got Lyme disease but she spent a lot of time at soccer fields diving in dirt and she believes she could have been bitten unknowingly.

Dr. Aylin Ozdemir, who is a pediatric integrative medicine doctor diagnosed Anna. Ozdemir said Lyme disease can often be difficult to diagnose.

“In many cases patients don’t even remember a tick bite so then they become patients with a myriad of symptoms, then somebody needs to connect the dots. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Infectious Disease Society of America confirms that we don’t have a good sterile-logical blood marker to diagnose Lyme disease and they fall short,” Ozdemir said.

The disease is curable and Donalson is warning other parents whose kids may have similar symptoms not to give up until they find a solution.

The Center for Disease and Control said, “People treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely.”

“Pursue, don’t give up, keep looking for help,” Donalson said.



Where to even begin…..

  1. Lyme IS NOT RARE!  It is twice as common as breast cancer and six times more common than HIV/AIDS.
  2. Regarding Lyme disease being curable, research has shown treatment failures since the beginning of time:
  3. When the CDC reports numbers they are “only talking about INCIDENCE of Lyme disease — the number of new cases each year. What about prevalence of Lyme diseasethe number of people who remain ill over time?  The chart below shows Lyme disease prevalence based on the annual incidence of the disease using different assumptions about treatment failure rates. Patients diagnosed and treated early generally respond well to treatment. However, treatment failures ranging from 10-35% have been reported in early disease and higher rates are reported for late disease.”

    Chronic Lyme Disease is a big problem

    Lyme disease prevalence cases over time

  4. Regarding soccer fields, a research team has discovered the best place to find ticks is along the edges of soccer fields with woodlines, i.e. virtually every soccer field in Wisconsin:
  5. “Late stage” Lyme can occur within two weeks after tick bite.  Bob Giguere of IGeneX told our support group the story of a little girl who developed facial palsy and lost the ability to walk & talk within 4-6 hours of tick bite (2).  Whether or not you label that escalating case “late stage” or not, the infection was able to cross the blood brain barrier and cause severe symptoms in short order.
  6. FWY:  Lyme is alive and well in the South and it’s been there a long time:  Dr. Masters fought tooth and nail to get Lyme recognized in the South:  (This happened in the late 80’s!)
  7. I had to flip back to the date of this article just to make sure my eyes read that this was written this month and in the year 2019.  Wow! is all I can say….
%d bloggers like this: