- Amelie Champagne, 22, died this month after a battle with Lyme disease by taking her own life, her father said.
- If left untreated, Lyme disease can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system.
- Her father shared the news on LinkedIn: “She decided to free herself from the unbearable pain.”
Amelie Champagne, 22, struggled for years to find an explanation for her physical ailments before finally succumbing to the disease. Lyme disease In June 2021
By then, the tick-borne bacteria had seriously damaged her brain. On a Sunday in September – more than a year after her diagnosis – Champagne died by suicide.
Her father, Alain, has resigned as president of Canadian drug store chain Jean Coutu Group, and he sadly shared the news recently. LinkedIn post.
“It is with a heavy heart (and still in shock) to share the sad news that my lovely Amelie (22) has taken her own life,” he wrote last week.
She is survived by her mother Joanne, brother Mathieu and boyfriend Nick in Allyn, according to the post.
It can cause Lyme disease Many physical symptoms including joint pain, muscle pain and chronic fatigue. Most cases resolve within a few weeks with antibiotics, but the condition may worsen if not treated early.
“Despite the passage of time and recent treatments, the disease has evolved beyond many physical symptoms and is now having a profound effect on her brain,” wrote Alain Champagne on LinkedIn.
“Lyme kidnapped her.”
The Champaign family has witnessed how challenging life with Lyme disease can be, Amelie’s father wrote in the post.
Early symptoms may include fever, aches, chills, headache, and fatigue. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A “bullseye” rash usually appears about a week after being bitten by an infected tick.
The family spent “years of medical malpractice” in their hometown of Quebec, before finally getting a proper diagnosis for Amélie in America. At that time the disease went untreated.
The bacteria that cause Lyme disease can invade the joints, heart, and nervous system if the disease is left to progress. Long-term complications include Lyme arthritis requiring surgery; Lyme carditisA heart infection that causes fainting and heart palpitations; And widespread nervous system problems, severe headaches, nausea and Facial paralysis.
“Over time, it really hit her. [sic]Champagne’s father wrote: “She was brave throughout this ordeal… determined to free herself from unbearable pain.
Amelie’s father said she remained calm and optimistic despite her illness, although he did not reveal any physical symptoms. She persisted in her studies, and volunteered at a center for disabled children and a nearby homeless shelter.
In the wake of Amelie’s death, her family and friends are reaching out to support each other, Champagne wrote in the post.
“We will love you forever, and we will cherish every memory of our wonderful time together. You have made us all better people. Now it is up to us to meet the challenge.”