Girl, 22, Dies by Suicide After Battle With Lyme Illness

  • Amélie Champagne, 22, died by suicide this month after a battle with Lyme illness, her father stated.
  • Lyme illness can infiltrate the joints, coronary heart, and nervous system if left untreated.
  • Her father shared the information on LinkedIn: “She determined to free herself from the insufferable ache.”

Amélie Champagne, 22, struggled to seek out a proof for her bodily ache for years earlier than she was lastly recognized with Lyme illness in June 2021.

By then, the tick-borne micro organism had already taken a extreme toll on her mind. On a Sunday this September — greater than a yr after her analysis — Champagne died by suicide.

Her father Alain, outgoing president of the Canadian drugstore chain Jean Coutu Group, lately shared the information in a poignant LinkedIn submit

“It’s with the heaviest of hearts (and nonetheless in shock) that I share the tragic information that our sweetheart Amélie (22) took her personal life this previous Sunday,” he wrote final week.

She is survived by Alain, alongside along with her mom Joanne, brother Mathieu, and boyfriend Nic, in keeping with the submit. 

Lyme illness may cause a number of bodily signs together with joint ache, muscle aches, and power fatigue. Most circumstances are resolved with a number of weeks of antibiotics, however the sickness can progress if not handled early.

“Over time and regardless of the latest remedies, the illness had developed method past the quite a few bodily signs and was now severely impacting her mind,” Alain Champagne wrote on LinkedIn.

‘Lyme primarily hijacked her’

The Champagne household bore witness to how difficult life with Lyme illness will be, Amélie’s dad wrote within the submit.

Early signs can embody fever, aches, chills, headache, and fatigue, in keeping with the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. A telltale “bullseye” rash often seems a few week after a chew from an contaminated tick.

The household went by means of “years of medical errance” of their dwelling metropolis of Quebec, earlier than lastly getting an correct analysis for Amélie within the US. In that point, the illness progressed untreated.

The micro organism that causes Lyme illness can infiltrate the joints, coronary heart, and nervous system if the illness is left to progress. Lengthy-term issues embody Lyme arthritis, which can require surgical procedure; Lyme carditis, an an infection of the center that causes fainting and palpitations; and widespread nervous system dysfunction, together with extreme complications, tingling pains, and facial paralysis.

“Over time, Lyme primarily highjacked her [sic],” Champagne’s father wrote. “She was so brave all through this ordeal … She determined to free herself from the insufferable ache.” 

Though Amélie’s father didn’t specify her bodily signs, he stated she continued to indicate resilience and optimism regardless of her ache. She persevered by means of her research, and volunteered at a middle for handicapped youngsters and a close-by homeless shelter.

Within the wake of Amélie’s dying, her household and mates are leaning on one another for assist, Champagne wrote within the submit.

“We’ll love you ceaselessly, and cherish each reminiscence of our great time collectively. You made us all higher individuals. It is now as much as us to rise as much as the problem.”

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