Jo-Ann Colburn

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Jo-Ann Colburn

? – 2015

Today is a sad day in the Lyme community as we learn of the passing of Jo-Ann. She was a friend to many and a great advocate for Lyme disease.

Article about Jo-Ann:

Chronic Lyme Disease, Misdiagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Jo-Ann’s Chronic Lyme disease fight comes to a tragic end. It is with great sadness that I (Jo-Ann’s husband) must tell you that Jo-Ann’s health worsened and within the last couple of weeks she suddenly passed away. We are heartbroken but comforted in knowing that she is no longer suffering.

Jo-Ann was the Executive Vice President at Foster Survey Company. She has Lyme Disease for 15 years. At age 50, she succumbed to her illness while surrounded by our three sons and her husband.

Read more about Jo-Ann on:
IN MEMORY OF OUR PARTNER JO-ANN COLBURN

Tributes to Jo-Ann

Jo-Ann Colburn was one of the first Lymies i met online back in 2009. We met on Twitter. It was a small group of 5 women and they were my lifeline that first year. Jo-Ann understood about misdiagnosis, she understood about the need to stay positive. Jo-Ann was authentic. She was a good, steady friend. She kept her circle of friends tight but true. ~ Sharon Elaine Williams Rainey

I met Jo-Ann in 2010 along with Sharon when I was diagnosed. This was so difficult for me but Jo-Ann checked in on me daily and helped me through tough days. I will miss her greatly. ~ Tina Radzavich

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9 thoughts on “Jo-Ann Colburn”

  1. Jo-Ann was a dear friend for many years. I loved her for so many reasons. Her heart, her intelligence, her kindness, her sense of humor….we all did.
    She still leaves a hole in our hearts. Each time I see a memory pop up it is heartbreaking and, yet, bittersweet of a friendship I treasured.
    We were a close group of friends who met long ago on twitter, grew to love and continued until she passed away.
    I miss her so very much. We all do.

  2. So sad & at a loss for words to find out about Sweet Jo Ann! RIP my sweet friend! Thank you for being SO kind & understanding & just A HUGE heart! I will miss you ALWAYS!

  3. I can’t remember when I met Jo-Ann but it must have been early in my blogging days so maybe 2010. I was so shocked to hear this sad news and I know she will be greatly missed in the Lyme community from across both sides of the Atlantic.

  4. Precious Jo-Ann and I became friends in 2012 through mutual friends. She always was an encouragement… a cheerleader to so many of us. She will be greatly missed and always cherished. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and the Lyme family. God bless you!♡♡♡

  5. My heart and prayers go out to the friends and family.
    Deepest sympathies and condolences. May she forever rest in peace.

  6. I met Jo-Ann in 2010 along with Sharon when I was diagnosed. This was so difficult for me but Jo-Ann checked in on me daily and helped me through tough days. I will miss her greatly.

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