- Amelie Champagne, 22, died this month of Lyme illness by suicide, her father mentioned.
- Left untreated, Lyme illness can unfold to the joints, coronary heart, and nervous system.
- His father shared the information on LinkedIn, saying, “He determined to alleviate himself of the insufferable ache.”
Amelie Champagne, 22, struggled for years to seek out a proof for the ache in her physique earlier than she was recognized with Lyme illness in June 2021.
By then, the tick-borne micro organism had already severely broken his mind. On Sunday this September, greater than a yr after his prognosis, Champagne died by suicide.
His father, Alain, is stepping down as president of Canadian pharmaceutical chain Jean Coutu Group, and shared the information in a latest emotional LinkedIn submit.
“It’s with the heaviest coronary heart (nonetheless in shock) that I share the tragic information that our beloved Amelie (22) took her personal life final Sunday,” she wrote final week.
She is survived by Alain and her mom Joanne, brother Mathieu and boyfriend Nick.
Lyme illness could cause numerous bodily signs, together with joint ache, muscle aches, and persistent fatigue. Most circumstances resolve with a couple of weeks of antibiotics, however the illness can progress if not handled early.
“Over time, regardless of latest remedies, the illness has progressed past many bodily signs and is now significantly affecting his mind,” Alain Champagne wrote on LinkedIn.
“Lyme Kidnapped Him”
Amelie’s father wrote within the article that the Champagne household witnessed the hardships of life with Lyme illness.
In keeping with the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, early signs could embody fever, aches, chills, headache, and fatigue. A “gooseberry” rash normally seems a couple of week after being bitten by an contaminated tick.
The household endured years of “medical malpractice” of their native Quebec earlier than lastly getting Amelie’s right prognosis in the USA. At the moment, the illness progressed past therapy.
The micro organism that trigger Lyme illness can invade the joints, coronary heart, and nervous system if the illness doesn’t progress. Lengthy-term problems that require surgical procedure embody Lyme arthritis; Lyme carditis, a coronary heart an infection that causes fainting and palpitations; widespread nervous system dysfunction together with extreme headache, agitation, and facial paralysis.
“Over time, Lyme took her down [sic]”He was very courageous all through this ordeal … He was decided to free himself from the insufferable ache,” Champagne’s father wrote.
Though Amelie’s father didn’t describe her signs, he mentioned that regardless of her struggling, she stays resilient and optimistic. She continued her research and volunteered at a middle for disabled kids and a close-by homeless shelter.
Champagne wrote that Amelie’s household and buddies are supporting one another after her loss of life.
“We are going to love you endlessly and cherish each reminiscence of the nice occasions we spent collectively. You made us all higher folks. Now it is as much as us to satisfy the problem.”