Woman, 22, dies by suicide after struggling with Lyme disease for ‘years’: the disease ‘hijacked her’

A 22-year-old woman has committed suicide after spending ‘years’ suffering from Lyme disease.

Amelie Champagne, from Montreal, Canada, ‘decided to free herself from excruciating pain’ after the disease ‘essentially hijacked her’, her father, Alain Champagne, wrote in a heartbreaking LinkedIn post last week.

According to her father, CEO of a retirement home company, the 22-year-old spent years suffering from “numerous physical symptoms” but did not know what was wrong with her.

He was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease in June, but despite “recent treatments”, his father wrote that it “severely affected his brain”.

A 22-year-old woman has committed suicide after spending 'years' suffering from Lyme disease

A 22-year-old woman has committed suicide after spending ‘years’ suffering from Lyme disease

Amelie Champagne, from Canada, 'decided to free herself from excruciating pain' after the disease 'essentially hijacked her' and 'severely affected her brain', her father, Alain, wrote.

Amelie Champagne, from Canada, 'decided to free herself from excruciating pain' after the disease 'essentially hijacked her' and 'severely affected her brain', her father, Alain, wrote.

Amelie Champagne, from Canada, ‘decided to free herself from excruciating pain’ after the disease ‘essentially hijacked her’ and ‘severely affected her brain’, her father, Alain, wrote.

According to her father, CEO of a retirement home company, the 22-year-old spent years suffering from “numerous physical symptoms” but did not know what was wrong with her.

He was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease in June, but despite “recent treatments”, his father wrote that it “severely affected his brain”.

A silent fight: What is Lyme disease and how many people have it?

  • Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through a tick bite.
  • Symptoms include fever, body aches, headache, fatigue, and a rash, often in the shape of a bull’s-eye.
  • If left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system, and can lead to stiffness and even loss of use of the muscles in the face, as well as arthritis and joint pain, dizziness, shortness of breath , nerve pain. and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
  • About 14 percent of the world’s population has had Lyme disease. In the US, about 30,000 cases are reported each year.
  • A 2021 study found that ‘people with Lyme [disease] had higher rates of any mental disorder and of suicide attempts compared to those without Lyme [disease]’

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“It is with the deepest of hearts (and still in shock) that I share the tragic news that our beloved Amelie took her own life last Sunday,” Alain wrote.

“We witnessed how challenging life had become for her as she dealt with the symptoms of evolving Lyme disease.

“Despite recent treatments, the disease had progressed far beyond the many physical symptoms and was now severely affecting his brain.

‘Over time, Lyme essentially kidnapped her… She was so brave during this ordeal [but] decided to free himself from the excruciating pain.

“We trust that he is now at peace and that his spirit is shining on the many people he touched during his short stay with us.”

Alain described his daughter as “attractive, empathetic, vibrant and fun-loving”, explaining that “despite her struggles”, she continued to “persevere”.

Before her death, she worked at a center for disabled children and volunteered at a homeless shelter.

“For those who had the opportunity to cross her path, Amelie left a lasting impression through her sympathetic and empathetic personality,” he gushed.

‘She always remained the friend and member of our vibrant/fun-loving family. The resilience and continued optimism that she displayed as she dealt with the escalating symptoms was and continues to be my number one source of inspiration.”

He concluded by adding that he himself, along with Amelie’s mother Joanne, her younger brother Mathieu and her boyfriend Nic were ‘supporting each other’ during this ‘painful’ time.

“Although every breath and every moment is painful at this stage, in her honor we will try to continue living our lives with the same height that she lived hers,” he said.

Alain described his daughter as “attractive, empathetic, vibrant and fun-loving”, explaining that “despite her struggles”, she continued to “persevere”.

Before her death, she worked at a center for disabled children and volunteered at a homeless shelter.

Before her death, she worked at a center for disabled children and volunteered at a homeless shelter.

Before her death, she worked at a center for disabled children and volunteered at a homeless shelter.

“The resilience and continued optimism that he showed while dealing with the escalating symptoms was and continues to be my main source of inspiration,” he gushed.

He added that he himself, along with Amelie's mother, Joanne, his brother Mathieu and her boyfriend, Nic (pictured), were 'supporting each other' during this 'painful' time.

He added that he himself, along with Amelie's mother, Joanne, his brother Mathieu and her boyfriend, Nic (pictured), were 'supporting each other' during this 'painful' time.

He added that he himself, along with Amelie’s mother, Joanne (left), his brother Mathieu and her boyfriend, Nic (right), were ‘supporting each other’ during this ‘painful’ time.

‘We have a long road ahead of us (every day)… We are hopeful that Amelie is now in a position to help guide and support us through it.

We will love you forever and cherish every memory of our wonderful time together. You made us all better people. Now it’s up to us to rise to the challenge,” she concluded.

We will love you forever and cherish every memory of our wonderful time together. You made us all better people. Now it’s up to us to rise to the challenge…’

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through a tick bite. Symptoms include fever, body aches, headache, fatigue, and a rash, often in the shape of a bull’s-eye.

If left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system, and can lead to stiffness and even loss of use of the muscles in the face, as well as arthritis and joint pain, dizziness, shortness of breath , nerve pain. and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

According to BMJ Global HealthAbout 14 percent of the world’s population has had Lyme disease. In the US, about 30,000 cases are reported each year.

Many celebrities have spoken out about having the disease, including Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Shania Twain, Alec Baldwin, Yolanda Hadid, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Ben Stiller, Amy Schumer, and Kelly Osbourne.

AJP.PsychiatryOnline.org did a study last year and reported that ‘people with Lyme [disease] had higher rates of any mental disorder and of suicide attempts compared to those without Lyme [disease].’

“Although the absolute population risk is low, clinicians should be aware of the potential psychiatric sequelae of this global disease,” he added.

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