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

Thank you to all that follow my Instagram (@outdoorsyadventures8701). So as you may have noticed I haven’t been doing a whole lot of outdoorsy stuff lately. Here’s why — I was diagnosed with Lyme disease quite some time ago. Makes sense given that hiking and spending time with nature is my passion. I was treated after years of fighting with doctors and finally got them to test me. Positive! 

Now since I was not treated within 2 weeks of being infected I continue to battle symptoms and unfortunately until CDC, FDA and other medical organizations finally come to an agreement on a proper true treatment symptoms can linger for years and treatment is none of existent for chronic Lyme sufferers. Seems there may be some corruption in those guidelines to treat Lyme and as a result many people are suffering and doctors who want to help are having their licenses yanked and face lawsuits by the corrupt organizations writing those treatment guidelines. 

So… Yes weather is perfect, but please before you hike wear long pants, cover yourself with DEET and follow all other recommendations to keep yourself and your kids and pets tick safe. If you are bitten and have immediate symptoms insist that you get tested immediately. Doctors in Ca are ignorant to Lyme and have no clue what to look for and don’t let them tell you Lyme does not exist in California. It does!! And it is on the rise. Google CDC stats for numbers. Again, keep yourself your kids and pets tick safe this spring and summer as we enjoy the outdoors. One bite can turn your life upside down. Be safe ✌ Peace out!

“Like a butterfly stuck in a chrysalis waiting for the perfect moment. I was waiting for the day I could burst forth, fly away and find my home” – Emme Rollins

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