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Story 80

© Illustration by Life in Lyme Light.

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

At the age of 15 I began having fainting spells and experiencing fatigue. In my 20s I began to develop muscle pain, headaches, depression, and increased fatigue. In my mid-30s all of my symptoms began to get worse and my body was starting to shut down. I was in and out of the hospital for severe pain and fainting spells. It wasn’t until age 37 that I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. It is extremely important to me to spread awareness around Lyme disease because not only do I have it, but my husband, eight-year-old daughter, and three-year-old son have it as well. It is hard to live with this torturous disease, let alone watch my family suffer. If I can do anything to prevent someone else from getting this, than I have done my job. It is important to create a dialogue around Lyme Disease and teach people that over 300,000 people get it each year. It is important to do tick checks and know the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease early on. Also find proper treatment with a Lyme Literate Doctor. Thank you for letting me share my story.

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