Woman dies by suicide after battle with Lyme disease

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

“It is with a heavy heart (and still in shock) that I share the tragic news that our beloved Amelie (22) committed suicide last Sunday,” Alain Champagne, CEO of Le Groupe Maurice in Canada, wrote on LinkedIn. earlier this month.

“We witnessed how challenging life had become for her in coping with the developing symptoms of Lyme disease,” the grief-stricken father continued.

He explained that his daughter had suffered for years, but was only recently diagnosed in the US in June — after “years of medical malpractice” in their home city of Quebec.

Amelie Champagne, 22
Amelie Champagne, 22, committed suicide after struggling with undiagnosed Lyme disease for years.
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He wrote that “over time and despite recent treatments, the disease had progressed far beyond the numerous physical symptoms and was now seriously affecting her brain.”

He said Amelie was so tormented by the tick-borne bacterial infection that “she decided to free herself from the excruciating pain,” Champagne wrote.

Amelie Champagne, 22
“Amelie left a lasting impression with her engaging and empathetic personality,” her father, Alain, wrote on LinkedIn.
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But despite his daughter’s illness, the father spoke about the impact Amelie had on those she met.

“Amelie has left a lasting impression with her engaging and empathetic personality. Despite the struggles of the past few years, she persevered in college, continued to work in a shelter for disabled children, started volunteering at a homeless shelter near us… and always remained the lively/happy friend and member of our family,” he said.

Alain Champagne, whose daughter committed suicide after her battle with Lyme disease.
Alain Champagne, CEO of Le Groupe Maurice in Canada, shared his heartbreak in a viral post.
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Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the US, is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, and sometimes Borrelia mayonii, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

Most cases can be successfully treated with antibiotics if diagnosed. However, the diagnosis can difficult because early symptoms are common in many other diseases.

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

“I had accepted death and felt my body shut down. I felt like I was drowning. Like I went under water and just had to come up for air. As if I was in a river being drawn in a current. Can’t breathe,” she wrote in an open letter to fans in 2018.

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

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

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