Borrelia Burgdorferi and This Blogged Book

What’s your greatest fear? When we moved to Maryland in 2015, one of mine was that my husbanddaughters, 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

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 can 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 Borrelia burgdorferi as soon 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 U.S. alone, the CDC estimates 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. That’s one in every thousand Americans every year. Unfortunately my dad, daughter, and I are three of them.

Borrelia Burgdorferi and This Blogged Book
Photo by Ben Stafford

Never Alone  weaves our story with vital facts about this tick-borne illness. It will include four parts, dozens of chapters, and at least a hundred or two blogs. Browse through my working table of contents below. See a post that interests you? Just click on the link!

Part One: Our Family’s Lyme Disease Story

1. Suffering in Silence

2. Saved by Our Seven-Year-Old

The Lyme Disease Rash: Our Daughter's Story

3. My Journey from Hope to Healing

Beauty and the Belligerent Bartonella Beast

Part Two: Lyme and Other Insect-Borne Infections

The ixodes tick that carries Borrelia burgdorferi

4. Lyme’s History, Biology, and Global Threat

5. Eleven Ways to Lower Your Risk for Lyme

6. How to Recognize the New Great Imitator

5. Why Standard Testing Might Not Be Enough

Testing for Borrelia burgdorferi
Image by Ahmad Ardity from Pixabay

6. Lyme’s Common Co-Infections and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

7. Current Events: A Concerning and Controversial Theory

Part Three: Treatment Protocols for Tick-Borne Diseases

8. Antibiotics and Anti-Malarial Medications

8. Healthy Habits: Complementary Approaches to Treating Lyme

9. Lyme Disease Triggers and Related Health Issues

Part Four: Stories of Friends and Family

The final segment of Never Alone: Our Journey with Lyme Disease is all about you! I’ve already had the honor of hearing many of your stories, and I hope to hear and learn from many more. If you’re willing to share your experiences with the world, I’d love to interview you. 

Suffering in Silence with Late-Stage Lyme Disease

Side note: Most of the part four memoirs will be exclusive to the published version of the book. Others will be exclusive to the blog.  

Do you have a personal story you’d be willing to share about Borrelia burgdorferi? If so, e-mail me from the Contact Me page.

Want to read our family’s Lyme disease story? Click here!

Want to learn more about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases? Click here!