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South Shore Rotary will help Staten Island woman with chronic Lyme disease


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Marisa Santiago is relieved to have a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease. That’s because the alternative — not knowing what was wrong with her — was nearly as painful as her symptoms.

The 32-year-old West Brighton resident has suffered joint pain, bladder and hormonal issues and food and smell sensitivities since her early teens. Her symptoms became so debilitating, she had to discontinue teaching, a job she loves.

With the diagnosis, she found a doctor who can treat her advanced stage of the disease. However, the price tag for the intravenous and oral antibiotics is hefty, costing thousands of dollars a month and not covered by insurance.

The South Shore Rotary is sponsoring a fundraiser to assist Ms. Santiago “On her Road to Recovery,” with a dinner June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Staaten, West Brighton. The cost is $50 and includes entertainment by “The Dreamers” and DJ Joel. To reserve, call Ralph Santiago at 917-676-2821.

Ms. Santiago is encouraged by her recent treatment.

“I can see myself as a healthy woman, being able to work again, having the freedoms of living a vibrant and healthy life, and to one day have a family,” she writes on her page. Continue reading