Allaolevassa osoitteessa on lyhyt videositys Mattista ja hänen vanhemmistaan.
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Local Family Battles With Lyme Disease
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Matt Rolin starred in his last play when he was 11-years-old. He played Oliver in 'Oliver'.
But during the play, he started getting sick.
"Severe fatigue, headaches, brain fog, severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting,? said Matt's mother, Julie Merolla. "He was always very, very healthy. He was involved with a lot of activities."
"It kept getting worse and worse to the point where he couldn't stand or walk anymore."
Matt's father, Tom Rolin, said every doctor he and his wife took Matt to, they were unable to come up with a definitive diagnosis.
Months later in Connecticut, Matt was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease and put on antibiotics.
Seven years later, Matt's parents said he still requires antibiotics although goes off them from time to time.
After a while though, he became severely ill again.
"We don't want to keep him on antibiotics for the rest of his life, but there doesn't seem to be any other course of treatment at this point," Merolla said.
Now, 18 years old, Matt hasn't been able to attend school since the sixth graded. However, he is home tutored and very smart.
"He has really good days where he can work with his tutors, and he did really well on his SATs and we're hoping that in the future he can go to college," Merolla said. "But he's going to need accommodations because we know there'll be days when he's really tired and that he's going to not be able to go to classes."
Matt's parents are excited about the new Lyme Disease Research Center in New York, a center focused on coming up with more accurate tests to diagnose the disease and better, more definitive treatments and treatment guidelines.
"This is really monumental in our world of Lyme Disease," Merolla said.