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How has Lyme Disease affected your life? What inspires you?

I just wanted to share an overview of my story for Lyme Awareness May. In May 2002, I was working full time and on the day I celebrated my birthday in a backyard in Ohio, I pulled a black legged deer tick from my arm thinking it was a spider. I had the bulls eye rash but was not aware of Lyme Disease at the time and did not seek treatment. Today I am not working and trying to maintain on SSI. I still can’t get a positive diagnosis from doctors or accurate testing and on a limited income I’m left to suffer with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a host of other illnesses and surgeries…I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. Just wanted to share for awareness.

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