There is an epidemic that is spreading across the country in record numbers, and you probably haven’t heard anything about it. It’s not ebola, it’s not the measles, but it’s a chronic illness that affects the lives of millions of Americans annually. It’s Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease is a tick-borne disease that if untreated, can severely affect a person’s neurological system, and just about every other aspect of their mental, physical, and psychological health and well-being. It is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the country, and is often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, mistreated, and sadly, under funded. But, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Fund (ILADEF) is trying to change that during the month of March, with their “Take a Bite out of Lyme” campaign. Taking to social media giants like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, the Take a Bite out of Lyme initiative is striving to increase awareness for Lyme Disease, and raise money for continued research to fully understand the disease and educate health care professionals, as well as help doctors treat tick-borne diseases with the most advanced innovations.
If you are wondering what dog I have in the Lyme Disease fight, and what my role in the battle against Lyme Disease is, I would tell you that it comes down to family. My cousin is 25 years old, and has been battling Lyme Disease for many, many years now. It stemmed from a tick bite years and years ago (which, by the way, can form a tell-tale bulls eye rash around the bite, but doesn’t necessarily always happen. So you can be bitten by a tick and never even know it), and has developed into a disease that has affected him physically and emotionally. Not to mention the stress and tension that having a chronic disease (and having a child with a chronic disease) can put on a family. My amazing aunt and uncle have shuttled him from doctor to doctor, specialist to specialist, and state to state to try to manage and stabilize his health problems that are attributed to his Chronic Lyme Disease. He is so very strong, and so very special, and I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be to be a young man struggling with an illness that doctors are afraid to diagnose, and are hesitant about treating with the newest medical technologies. I can only hope and pray that doing just a little blog post here, and spreading the word through my friends and family on social media, that I may spark some interest that may lead to a donation or further education on this terrible illness.
SO…here’s what you can do! If you’re interested in Taking a Bite out of Lyme, post a picture or video of yourself taking a bite out of a lime on Facebook or Instagram! Post a fact about Lyme Disease and make a small donation (or generous donation!) to IDADEF to help increase awareness about this devastating disease. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #takeabiteoutoflyme!
Lyme Disease doesn’t get the funding it needs or deserves to help Chronic Lyme sufferers, but that can change so quickly through an incredible grass-roots effort like this one. Please consider donating or spreading the word, and in effect, help my cousin and the thousands of others struggling with Lyme Disease, and Take a Bite out of Lyme!
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And if you’re into documentaries, Under Our Skin, about Lyme Disease, is an Academy Award Semi-Finalist, and is truly a fascinating and eye-opening look at Lyme Disease, it’s origins, how it affects those struggling with it, and the difficulties those people have trying to control their Lyme-related health problems. MUST WATCH. You can see it on You Tube, Amazon prime, or Hulu.