An anonymous donor has boosted a fundraising drive for a woman whose life was sent into a downward spiral when she was bitten by a tick while camping at Loch Lomond.

Yen Lau says her life has been ruined by Lyme disease after she was bitten on the bonnie banks two years ago and discovered another tick bite recently.

The 32-year-old recently launched a fundraising drive to help her travel to Mexico to a specialist clinic for the help she says she desperately needs.

And now her total has hit more than £3000 - thanks to a £2000 donation from a kind-hearted supporter.

As a result of the disease, the active and busy young professional has ended up bedridden and now says she has more than 40 different symptom including chronic pain and fatigue.

She explained: “I have good days and extreme lows but the suffering I go through is truly unimaginable.

“I am not sure I have the strength to go through this emotionally or physically. I feel I am just living a quarter-life.

“I am on a lot of Lyme forums and the Mexican clinic had been mentioned a few times.

“I private messaged people on Facebook who had been treated there to ask them about it before phoning the clinic for more information.

“I had phone calls from people as far away as California to talk to me about it and I really believe this is my best hope.”

Although she had no immediate symptoms after being bitten by the tick at Loch Lomond – common with the illness – six weeks later she fell seriously ill and said she felt like a “prisoner in my own body”.

Yen said: “I went from having such an amazing adventurous life. I was a happy, optimistic and bubbly character who loved and lived life to the fullest.

“I went from working full time as a business manager and makeup artist to all of a sudden my whole world collapsing in front of my eyes and all I could do was watch and endure the psychical torture.

“I was left completely bedridden for months and in need of a wheelchair for my bad days.”

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Yen needed her sister to wash her and help her to the bathroom because she was too weak to move.

She says it took time before she was given a diagnosis of Lyme disease, having had eight different diagnoses and having seen more than 50 GPs.

Two months ago Yen went on a specialist retreat in Crete where she received support with her symptoms.

She said: “I was feeling semi-normal; it was amazing, I was smiling from ear to ear, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world and thought this might be my second chance at life.

“On the last day of the retreat, I looked down on my right arm and there it was again.

“A bullseye rash with a tick stuck in my arm. Even then I tried to remain calm and positive until the symptoms came back and knocked me down.”

Yen says this second tick bite has left her taking heart medications, Parkinson’s medication, steroids, thyroid medication, the painkiller Tramadol and medicine for her immune system, among others.

According to the NHS Lyme disease can be easily treated with antibiotics if it is diagnosed immediately.

For some people, the disease does not clear and can leave patients with chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems and severe headaches.

Medical experts do not agree on whether chronic Lyme disease exists, or whether symptoms are caused by a different problem.

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But Yen from Ballieston and others like her are adamant that the condition is real and debilitating.

She is hoping to travel to a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico for treatments not available in the UK.

Patients visit four times in the first year and then have follow up visits at a cost of around £3000 each time.

Yen says she must raise £25,000 for the full course of treatment abroad.

The 32-year-old is booked into the clinic in October and "can't believe" she will finally have this treatment after two years of hell.

She said: "For the treatment itself, this is enough money. My visit to Mexico in October is now definitely happening.

"I just got off the phone to a girl who thinks her chronic illness is incurable and so she wanted to put some of the money she had saved for herself into my account.

"I absolutely would not want to take money from another person with an illness but that just shows you how amazingly kind people are."

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