What’s your greatest fear?
When we moved to Maryland in 2015, one of mine was that my husband, daughters, or I would get Lyme disease. We had traded Chicago’s cold, crime, and bad traffic for an enemy the size of a sesame seed. How could we fight a foe we could barely see?
Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, is spread through infected blacklegged ticks. Also known as deer ticks, these bloodsucking arachnids are far smaller than other ticks. Depending on their stage of development, they range in size from a pinhead to an apple seed.
But the damage they cause can destroy your life. Untreated borreliosis may lead to arthritis, neurological problems, and even heart failure. Brain fog, joint pain, and severe fatigue have caused many Lyme sufferers to go on disability. Others have died.
In contrast, the CDC says, “People treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages . . . usually recover rapidly and completely.” This underscores the importance of discovering it as quickly as possible. Better yet, let’s prevent ourselves and our loved ones from ever getting it in the first place.
Lyme disease is most common in the Northeast, but it’s spreading across all fifty states. In fact, cases have been reported in more than eighty countries. In the United States alone, the CDC estimates 300,000 people contract Lyme each year. That’s one in every thousand Americans every year. My dad, older daughter, and I are three of them.
OurLymeJourney.com weaves our family’s story with vital facts about this insect-borne illness. Journey with us as we illuminate a path toward prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment.
- discover how to become your own best advocate
- find out how to lower your risk for getting Lyme disease
- get tips for tick-proofing your clothes, yard, and loved ones
- learn how to recognize Lyme disease as the Great Imitator
- untangle the controversies about the diagnostic tests
- gain an understanding of how Lyme affects the mind and body
- explore ways to get the upper hand on this too-often debilitating disease
- unearth Lyme’s history and understand its global threat
- reflect on faith, hope, and love through uplifting devotions
- experience what it’s like to have Lyme from the pen of a bestselling novelist
To start with the first post—”Lyme Disease: The Clue in the Diary”—click here.