Over the past few years I have come to know more about Lyme Disease than I ever cared to.
I do not have Lyme myself- yet find myself realizing that this could change at any moment given that it's one of the fastest growing natural threats lurking outside in everyones back yard.
It does not play favorites, and instead can affect and infect anyone regardless of your color, culture, age or social status. It does not discriminate even based on species.
Human, dogs, cats, and other mammals are just as susceptible to getting it simply by getting bit by a tick sometimes no bigger than a freckle.
Most alarming to me that been the conflicting messages about how to prevent identify, treat or heal Lyme and it's many co-infections. Undiagnosed it can manifest and mimic many other diseases and without proper treatment can wreck havoc on the body's immune system, muscles and joints, and brain.
I've been hearing about Lyme disease ever since i was little ( my dad's friend had it) and since then I have grown to know countless friends, family members and associates who all have their own experience with the disease and it's devastating effects.
Now, years later I have over fifteen close friends who have Lyme, or whose children have Lyme. Education continues to be extremely conflicting, and the medical community is wary of patients who continue to have chronic symptoms *after they have been "effectively" treated with antibiotics.
My own sense of frustration and helplessness mounts as time passes and i bear witness to the suffering and the lack of response and so I reach for what I know how to do, to see if perhaps in organizing voices that together the shout out can be loud enough so that our friends, neighbors and family members can take a quick minute out of their busy day to listen up and learn a few things that may just save their lives or he lives of their children.
Please join us at Lyme Out Loud as we share resources, stories, and treatments to stop the suffering, misinformation and ignorance about Lyme Disease.