Superior Benefit Helps Lyme Disease Survivor

By KBJR News 1

November 4, 2013 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- The Centerville All Stars were one of the top Northland bands in the 80s.
They don't rock together too much anymore but they came out of semi–retirement on Sunday to play a benefit concert at VIP Pizza in Superior.
Duluth East High School grad Sarah Shafer has been suffering from Lyme disease for three years.

"Sarah's husband says because of the Lyme disease, his once vibrant wife is only a shadow of her former self." said reporter Dave Anderson at VIP.
"She was once very active, ran, did benefits for others, lifted. If she walks a hundred feet she has to take a nap for an hour." said husband Kevin Shafer.
Persistent fatigue is one of the manifestations of the disease and that has been plaguing Sarah since her initial tick bite in 2010.
It tires both body and mind and makes ordinary things into big chores.
"Just walking, taking showers, sometimes thinking and processing my thoughts." said Sarah Shafer.

The Center For Disease Control reports most cases of Lyme Disease can be relieved after six weeks of anti–biotics.
They haven't worked for Shafer, though.
That happens to up to 20 percent of victims.
This benefit will help pay for continued treatment.
She urges others to be cautious in tick country to avoid the increasingly common illness.
And, she wants to encourage fellow sufferers.
"Keep a good attitude and never give up. Go through your hard days and cry if you have to but you can't stay there. You have to keep fighting. Amen!" said Sarah.
The Superior based motorcycle charity group, the Pigs, donated money to Sarah's treatments.
The Center For Disease Control says the best method for avoiding Lyme Disease is to use insect repellant while spending time in the woods.
On return, inspect closely for ticks and remove them as soon as possible.
CDC research indicates a tick has to stay attached at least 24 hours to transmit the disease.

Dave Anderson