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    Help Salt Spring farmer heal from late stage Lyme Disease

    A deep bow of gratitude goes out to this community for all the generous donations over the past month in support of Sharon Shewchuk, operator of Salt of the Earth Farm on Salt Spring Island, B.C.

    Sharon is now receiving treatment but she has a long, expensive road of healing ahead of her and will require ongoing support for a while.

    Treatment involves expensive oral, intramuscular and intravenous antibiotics and antimalarials, along with supportive therapies to rebuild her immune system, manage pain and more.

    Please donate whatever you can. All support helps.

    Sharon’s History of Lyme Disease

    From 2003 to 2010, Sharon was severely disabled when the illness ravaged her muscles, joints, nervous system, immune system, and vision. Swelling in the brain caused a series of small strokes which left her unable to speak for years. Largely housebound and bedridden with unremitting fevers and pain, she required assistive devices (such as wheelchair, crutches, digital voice, etc.) to communicate and accomplish basic tasks.

    It took Sharon many years to obtain a correct diagnosis from an infectious disease specialist, but with the proper treatment she made an astonishing recovery. Within a year of beginning antimalarial and antibiotic therapies she had recovered her speech and progressed enough physically to become a passionate and dedicated member of Salt Spring’s farming community.

    Passionate About Her Animals

    For the past 9 years, Sharon has devoted herself to farming, and has become known for her excellent skills in animal husbandry, tractor work, electric fencing, farm marketing and milking her dairy goats. In 2017, she established her own business supplying eggs to Natureworks, Salt Spring’s natural food store. Creating food for the community is her great passion in life, and she named her farm Salt of the Earth for the many exceptional people she has met on Salt Spring.

    Relapse of Lyme

    Unfortunately, a farm vehicle accident last year has led Sharon into a severe relapse of the disease. Once again she is struggling with Lyme’s debilitating symptoms, which she described in The Driftwood last May as “a terrifying experience of smouldering fevers, swollen joints, trembling limbs, unearthly peripheral neuropathies, and nauseating pain. It’s like being dismantled alive, part by part.”

    These days even the most basic daily tasks, like standing upright to brush her teeth, are a challenge. It takes every shred of strength and will she has to tend to her animals, and she lives in an extreme amount of pain and disability.

    “It’s totally hour by hour survival right now for me,” she says. Sharon is desperate to get treated and resume her previous level of activity again.


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