Resilient. Courageous. Tenacious.
That’s how we’d all describe my sister, Sarah Pinto, in her continued battle against Lyme Disease since 2016.
For those of you that don’t know Sarah, she began to experience her symptoms shortly after a graduation trip to Western Canada (British Columbia & Alberta). Leading up to her return to Toronto she started to feel a number of concerning ailments, which included: body-weakening sensations (tingling, burning, numbness) as well as severe migraines.
These symptoms unfortunately did not pass or subside and in fact, only continued to worsen – which brought Sarah to the Emergency Room on a number of occasions and did little to improve her worsening condition.
In an effort to understand her symptoms – for the next 3 years Sarah would undergo:
1. Multiple trips to Doctors/Specialists, Physiotherapists, Neurologists – all of which were unable to properly diagnose her condition
2. Multiple MRIs, Cat Scans, Treatments – all of which turned up no new information
3. As well as extensive research in understanding what support mechanisms exist in Canada that are not cost prohibitive
It was only after enduring the cost of private testing overseas in both the United States & Germany, was Sarah diagnosed for Lyme Disease & Co-Infections (albeit, 3-years later). Her struggle for a diagnosis was in large part due to the limited resources available across Canada that can properly diagnose this disease early, which often leads many (like Sarah) to be misdiagnosed. Because of the many years of misdiagnosis and in the absence of a formalized treatment plan, Sarah has and continues to endure much physical strain & pain.
Over the last 2-years Sarah has left no stone unturned and has sought a number of treatment plans ranging from: antibiotics, Bee-Venom therapy, dietary changes to everything in between.
To support Sarah’s journey toward a healthy future, she’s looking to begin treatment at the Hoffman Centre for Integrative & Functional Medicine to deal with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Mold Illness brought on by Lyme disease.
As you might expect, the treatment for the care provided through this Centre is costly (a minimum cost of $50,000 CAD). But a combination of a proven history of the practice being successful in treatment and our willingness to support her in anyway we can after 5 challenging years – has led me to ask for your financial support.
Sarah will use your contribution towards the treatment offered by Hoffman and for future medical bills that come from her journey to resume her life that is momentarily paused.
Thank you for your support.
Sarah is 26 years old living in Toronto, ON. She’s a well accomplished competitive dancer, graduate from Ryerson University, world traveler and avid photographer.
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