This week on Lyme Light Radio with Katina, we meet a remarkable woman of heroic character. Kelly Doolan Downing was severely afflicted for twenty years with advanced neurological Lyme disease and co-infections, to the atrocious degree of being paralyzed from the neck down. A prominent New England hospital had no answer for her and more or less rejected her case as an “unknown circumstance.”
Blessedly, Kelly got to a Lyme-literate doctor via friends and family liaisons and was properly diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease. Some of you may recall Kelly appearing on the Katie Couric Show with Dr. Richard Horowitz.
A very warm woman with an incredibly effervescent personality and deep conviction, Kelly Doolan Downing spearheaded a 5K Walk/Run for Lyme awareness with the TBDA Alliance in Nashua NH on September 20. For Kelly to be well enough to participate in an athletic event and now advocate for tick-borne disease shows the world you can overcome this illness and thrive!
Please join us Wednesday, October 15 at 4PM ET/1PM PT at http://www.transformationtalkradio.com as I welcome Kelly Doolan Downing to Lyme Light Radio.
Katina Makris, CCH, CIH
Kelly Downing is a wife, mother and teacher. She was an intensive special educator for 15 years and taught various ages, but her favorite age was early childhood. Her husband is also a teacher and a coach, and their sons are involved in many sports. Unfortunately, two years ago her life drastically changed and I found herself in a different kind of race. She was up against the biggest obstacles of her life, when she became partially paralyzed in January of 2012 and totally paralyzed in December of 2012 due to Chronic Lyme and tick borne diseases. She spent three months at an inpatient rehabilitation facility (Kindred Healthcare) fighting against the chains of tick borne diseases in hopes to regain any use of her body. Thanks to the selfless determination of the therapists, countless hours of hard work, her Lyme literate doctor and a community of prayer, she is now able to “move” through the neurological and multi-sensory impairments that she continue to still battle. Kelly is continuing to educate her community, schools and churches about the effects of Chronic Lyme disease and the importance of protection and prevention of ticks and tick borne illnesses. She is also in the process of writing a book. Kelly says, “By the grace of God and a community of heroes, I am continuing to try to heal and persevere. When life gives you lemons (or Lyme)…God gives you strength because of the heroes He puts in your life!”