This blog has several goals. First, to explore the personal side of Lyme disease and how it affects individuals and families. Second, to highlight useful information for people seeking answers about this complicated illness. Third, to help foster a sense of unity and shared purpose among the many diverse members of the Lyme community. Dorothy Kupcha Leland has a family member with Lyme disease. She is co-leader of a Lyme patients’ support group, and is LymeDisease.org's VP for Education and Outreach.
The following guest blog is excerpted from a lengthy interview with Lyme pediatrician Dr. Charles Ray Jones on the Lyme Connection website. In this section, Dr. Jones discusses how 20 years of harassment by medical authorities almost got him to give up treating children for Lyme–and what prompted him to keep at it. Continue reading →
Guest blogger Karl Ford collected infected ticks while hiking the Appalachian Trail, but kept himself tick-free. “I wore permethrin-treated bug-net pants, a treated long-sleeved shirt and hat and had no ticks on my body at any time during the 140-day hike.” Continue reading →
Guest blogger Alix Mayer looks into the data behind the CDC’s most recent estimate of annual Lyme disease cases. Guess what? The CDC’s own information suggests the number should be bigger. Continue reading →