Woman Dies By Suicide After Battle With Lyme Disease

A 22-year-old Canadian woman battling a debilitating case of Lyme disease committed suicide “to free herself from unbearable pain”, her grieving father said.

Alain Champagne, CEO of Le Groupe Maurice in Canada, wrote on LinkedIn: “It is with the most heavy heart (and still in shock) that I share the sad news that our dear Amelie (22) took her own life last Sunday. Took.” earlier this month.

“We were witness to how challenging life had become for him dealing with the symptoms of developing Lyme disease,” the grieving father continued.

He explained that his daughter had suffered for years, but most recently received the diagnosis in June in the US – after “years of medical error” in his home city of Quebec.

Emily Champagne, 22, took her own life after battling Lyme disease.LinkedIn/Allen-Champagne

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He wrote that “over time and despite recent treatments, the disease had developed beyond many physical symptoms and was now severely affecting his brain.”

He said Amelie was so stricken with a tick-borne bacterial infection that “she decided to free herself from unbearable pain,” Champagne wrote.

“Amelie left a long-lasting impression through her charming and sympathetic personality,” her father, Ellen, wrote on LinkedIn.LinkedIn/Allen-Champagne

But despite his daughter’s illness, the father spoke about the impact Emily had had on the people she met.

“Amelie made a long-lasting impression through her charming and sympathetic personality. Despite the struggles of the past few years she persisted through university, working at a relief center for children with disabilities, at our location. Was starting volunteering at a homeless shelter nearby… and has always been a lively/fun friend and a member of our family,” she said.

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Alain Champagne, CEO of Le Groupe Maurice in Canada, shared his heartache in a viral post.LinkedIn/Allen-Champagne

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne disease in the US, is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, and sometimes Borrelia mayonii.

Common symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic skin rash. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system.

Most cases can be successfully treated with antibiotics when diagnosed. However, the diagnosis can be Difficult because early symptoms are common to many other diseases.

Canadian pop-rock star Avril Lavigne also suffered a severe case of Lyme disease. Lavigne, 37, who was diagnosed in 2015, said it was so debilitating, she “admitted death.”

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“I accepted death and could feel my body shut. I felt like I was drowning. Like I was going under water and I needed to come up for air. Like I pulled into the stream Was in the river going. Unable to breathe,” she wrote in an open letter to fans in 2018.

The singer has launched a foundation, The Avril Lavigne Foundation, to help fight the disease.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside of the five boroughs, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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