In Memory of
William "Billy" Boesche
William "Billy" Boesche, 41, died June 10, 2006.
William Henry "Billy" Boesché, 41, owner of a landscaping and hauling business, died June 10 at his home in Highland. He had chronic Lyme disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Mr. Boesché owned CleanUps Unlimited in Highland for 14 years, working until about two years ago, when his condition worsened. He had previously worked in pool maintenance and the pool supplies business.
He was born in Bear Creek, Pa. He moved with his family in 1977 to Ocean City, where he enjoyed spending time at the beach. He liked to work around the house and was considered the family historian.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Michele Boudrye of Highland; his mother, Betty Boesché of White Marsh, Md.; three brothers, Steven Boesché of Sykesville, Md., Jon Boesché of White Marsh and David Boesché of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and a sister, Michelle Gilder of Bethesda.
Poem by Billy
Billy’s Poem About Life
posted 21 June, 2005 04:00 PM
As of today I would say I have had the best life
The best family, friends and the greatest wife
Life can change faster than you know
So if you love something definitely let it show
They say the best gift you can give is your time
Sometimes I wish I would have given more of mine
I know the best things in life aren't things
For some people, life is nice cars, money, and big diamond rings
Maybe you will realize everything you need is in your grasp
All you have to do is ask
Love sometimes can hurt like a bitch
But if you find it, you are so very rich
When you wake up tomorrow and have your health
Please realize that is a true sense of wealth
We live in a world that is so very fake
All based on what you do and how much you make
It's what's in your heart that says who you are
Not that you drive an expensive car
Happiness is something you just can't buy
I hope you're lucky enough to find it before you die
Please take time to smell the flowers
You don't know if you have years, months, weeks, or only hours
It's never too late for a new start
Start today, live life with an open heart.
*** I knew this all along, but now that I am very sick it has much more meaning. Maybe you can use this in your next sermon. Hope this helps.
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Worcester County Times- June 22, 2006
Lyme disease patient diagnosed self
By Laura D'Alessandro
Dr. James Burns, owner of the Main Street Med center in Salisbury uses a scaple to
remove a tick from a patients back.
(First in a two-part series)
OCEAN CITY -- Local attorney Jay Phillips spent four-and-a-half months with constant flu conditions, a migraine headache and a fever of 103 degrees before he finally realized he might have Lyme disease.
"I estimate I had it for about 10 years before it broke out," he said.
Phillips' initial diagnosis didn't even come from a doctor. He discovered it himself.
"Here I am sick as a dog and tired all the time, aching all over, stiff neck ... the whole nine yards," he said. "I had come in contact with the Pennsylvania Lyme Disease Association and had a pamphlet with a test in the back."
Phillips went down the list of symptoms in the pamphlet. He said he scored around 75 percent positive, but when he approached his doctor he wasn't given any help.
"I subsequently have learned that a lot of doctors have an aversion to being known as a Lyme doctor. It's just politically unpopular," he said.
Unable to find treatment, he sought the help of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and was directed to specialist Dr. Gregory Bach who, like any Lyme specialist, is located three to four hours away.
During one of his many visits to Bach's Pennsylvania office for hefty antibiotic treatments, Phillips met people in the waiting room with astonishing cases.
A girl in her mid-20s had been misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was prescribed steroids.
"She had been treated at the University of Pennsylvania and John Hopkins; she's suing them for malpractice," Phillips said.
The steroids made her Lyme disease worse, Phillips said. He described her as just now able to stand on her own, and with impaired speech.
Phillips also ran into a familiar face in Bach's office. Billy Boesche, a fellow Ocean City resident who had relocated to Columbia, Md., had been infected with Lyme disease three times. His first two infections came from tick bites on Assateague Island.
"A neurologist at John Hopkins told him there was no such thing as chronic Lyme
disease," Phillips said.
Boesche died June 10 in his home. His obituary said he suffered from chronic Lyme
disease and subsequently developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Boesche, Phillips and the young girl he met in the waiting room are just a few among the many people who have had trouble finding proper treatment for Lyme Disease.
In 2005, 1,235 cases were reported in Maryland and 891 cases were reported the year before, according to Robert Beyer of the Maryland Vector-born Disease Interagency Work Group.
Despite word of its prevalence on the Eastern Shore, the Worcester County Health
Department has only confirmed eight cases in 2005 and seven in 2004. However, Debra Stevens of the department said this data may not include cases that do not fit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's criteria.
"For a confirmed case to get reported to the CDC and meet the criteria, the bull's-eye rash has to be at least 5 centimeters," Stevens said. "Or they must have the lab test and symptoms."
But not every infected tick bite leaves the signature rash. Phillips said the standard blood test, the ELISA test, used by doctors is only about 65 percent accurate.
Phillips said the western blot test and more advanced DNA testing is accurate but is not accepted by mainstream doctors who are also unwilling to treat or recognize chronic Lyme disease..
"Insurance won't pay for that. They don't like you to have it unless the Lyme shows up on the standard blood test," he said. "But it moves in and sets up home in the cells."
Now, Phillips takes a high dosage of medication and must cleanse his kidneys and liver every day so the antibiotics don't damage them.
"I have to go to Pennsylvania every month and every month they draw blood to see the status of my various bodily functions," he said.
If he had only been diagnosed sooner, the treatment would not be so severe.
"When it becomes imbedded in the cellular structure it takes long-term and high antibiotic therapy," he said.
The Lyme Disease Association of the Lower Shore and other organizations, such as
ILADS, are working to make Lyme Disease treatment widely accepted and available.
Reach Laura D'Alessandro at 410-213-9442, Ext. 19 or e-mail
Originally published Thursday, June 22, 2006
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