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Published April 24, 2014, 06:16 PM

Benefit set for Fargo woman diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo woman needs your help to "fight the bite" right in time for tick season. Stacey Nice has been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, an illness 300,000 Americans live with each day.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo woman needs your help to "fight the bite" right in time for tick season.

Stacey Nice has been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, an illness 300,000 Americans live with each day.

She's now on disability, unable to work, and even postponed her own wedding after mounting costs.

“They couldn't quite figure it out.”

As Stacey Nice sits in our WDAY radio studio; she's experiencing severe headaches, blurred vision, and hearing loss.

Nice: "You basically feel like you continuously have the flu."

All coming from these little bugs.

Stacey has spent the last eight years of her life, living with Lyme disease.

Nice: "I woke up with a migraine that just never went away."

Stacey was diagnosed just last year, but was misdiagnosed with other illnesses since 2006.

Nice: "Lupus then ALS then they thought it was Parkinson's."

As Lyme disease deteriorated her body.

Stacey Nice/Battling Chronic Lyme Disease: "It's definitely been a challenge. As time went on, it started to affect other things such as my memory, my cognitive ability."

Unfortunately there's no cure for the disease ticks carry.

Nice: "I've tried 53 different medications."

And insurance doesn't cover Stacey's "chronic" form.

Nice: "It's all out of pocket so it's very frustrating."

And very expensive; last year alone she spent more than $30,000 on treatment.

It's forced her to postpone her wedding.

So to help with costs, friends are putting on a "Fight the Bite" benefit at The Bowler.

Nice: "I've been pretty overwhelmed. I mean very, very lucky."

So Stacey urges people to come out, and think twice about ticks.

Nice: "If you think you've been bitten, it's good to get checked."

And hopes for that lucky day she too might live pain free.

Stacey's Benefit is this Saturday from 4 to midnight at The Bowler in Fargo and includes a silent auction and barbecue meal.

The Lend A Hand program will match all money raised, up to $5,000 and Thrivent Financial is donating $1,000.

You can also donate to the Stacey Nice Benefit Fund at Bell State Bank and Trust.

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