Illness saps woman’s strength, credit card limits

For the last nine years, Patti Jensen of Bremerton has had to watch as her daughter’s health has deteriorated while the medical bills racked up.

Now Patti’s credit cards are maxed out, the bills are piled high but, most importantly, Patti’s daughter, Jen, has regained her health. Now, the Bremerton Church of the Nazarene, which the Jensen family has attended for more than 30 years, is helping with the financial side.

The church will host a bazaar on Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16, in its indoor gymnasium to help cover medical expenses incurred over the last nine nightmarish years.

While on a family vacation nine years ago, Jen contracted Lyme disease when she was bitten by a tick. The vacation encompassed visits to Florida, Texas and Colorado, so the family isn’t quite sure where the bite occured.

“We were in Florida visiting some really close friends who used to go to Bremerton Church of the Nazarene,” Patti said. “It either happened there or in east Texas. It wasn’t until we got to Colorado that we noticed this horrendous bite on her leg.”

The family, thinking the bite was from a spider, treated it like a spider bite.

“Within about four months, she started to show some signs of ill health; first it was panic and anxiety,” Patti said.

The symptoms hit Jen hard her first year in college. Jen came home from Northwest Nazarene College in

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