I'm Adri Bailey, one of the co-owners of Kade's Coffee. I'd like to share a little about my personal battle with Lyme disease and this awesome foundation with whom we are partnering. In 2015, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease and my world has been changed ever since. The best part of having Chronic Lyme is that half the doctors/people around don't believe that it is a real disease (Can you hear my sarcastic tone as I write this?). In the midst of all my physical symptoms, I think the hardest part of battling this disease was the doubt that came along with it.
It all started one morning. Sounds dramatic, I know, but really it did. I woke up one morning and I felt a little twinge in my feet as I stepped out of bed. I had just turned 16 and was a very active teen so I shrugged it off figuring I was just sore. As the days progressed, so did my pain. Then came the swelling, and not just in my feet. I was having pain and swelling in my knees, elbows, and wrists as well. The pain got to the point where I could not brush my hair or teeth in the morning without tears streaming down my face. I grew up in a family where our mantra is "If you are going to be stupid... you better be tough" so I tried to tough it out. Eventually, I told my parents what was going on and, being the awesome parents they are, we worked together to try to figure out what to do. I visited a rheumatologist and he diagnosed me with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and even though I wasn't over weight and my joints themselves were in perfect condition, he told me "it just happens to some kids." I took the meds he prescribed me and they helped the swelling and pain, but really all it was doing was masking my symptoms so I could function throughout the day. I felt almost like a psychic because I knew exactly how I would feel when I turned 85. The meds little by little lost their efficacy and I started having other symptoms like: falling asleep constantly (and at the most inconvenient times) even if I had a full night's sleep, brain fog (that made school fun), anxiety, chills, and memory problems. The doc wanted to change my medication and put me on a steroid. Long story short, my mom wasn't into that idea after looking up how strong the steroids were and the side effects of them. So next thing I know, I'm going from one doctor to another, figuring out one piece of the puzzle after another along the way. One doctor told me to cut out gluten and dairy to help reduce the inflammation in my joints and within two weeks, I had no pain or swelling unless I exercised too much. But that doctors didn't know what else to do.
To make a long story short, I finally found what the Lyme world calls a Lyme-literate doctor who helped me get on my path of recovery. She actually listened to ALL of my symptoms and looked at the whole picture. It was wonderful having a doctor try and heal me instead of just trying to make the symptoms go away. It has been an extremely long journey with lots of bumps along the way, but like I said earlier, it has changed the way I see the world. I am so close to my family because of all their support. It has taught me that I am a strong women who can persevere.
So why Lyme Light Foundation? I know what you're probably thinking... "I read through all of that and she didn't even mention them". Well here is why I now support Lyme Light: Insurance won't cover more than half your treatments and it is so easy to feel alone when battling this disease. The Lyme Light Foundation helps with both of these problems. They give grants to help those who need help financially, which is amazing! Y'all, it is so easy to slip into depression with this disease, and having a community around you that affirms and understands what you are going through will change the way you battle this disease. So, that's why a portion of every cup sold by Kade's Coffee goes to this awesome foundation. So that maybe, even if we can only contribute a small amount, we can help someone else going through this.
"Our mission is to provide grants to enable eligible children and young adults with Lyme disease to receive proper treatment and medication as well as raising awareness about Lyme disease."