Chelsey, 11, had been asked to write a letter to Santa in French for a class. The only thing she wanted for Christmas, she wrote, was to get better. “She didn’t ask for any toys. She just wants to get better. It’s enough to break your heart,” Rector said.
Chelsey, who has been living with the disease for nine years now, has reached the point where she’s considered to have chronic Lyme disease – and that means that there may be little hope for a cure in her case. “They’re saying that once you reach the chronic level, you can get treated, go in remission, and every once in a while it could flare up. It could be 30 years down the road or three years,” Rector said. But still, the family hasn’t given up hope for a Christmas miracle. “We’re hoping against hope she doesn’t go into remission and that she’s cured,” Rector said.