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    July 5, 2019

    The right way to do tick prevention

    As June comes to a close, and our summer begins in full swing, along with all our outdoor activities, I would be remiss if I didn’t once again remind you of the importance of wearing repellent and preventing tick-borne disease infection. I don’t do this to scare you, but to inform and empower you to make the best possible decisions regarding your outdoor safety. When you prepare to go to the beach or out on the …

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    October 7, 2017

    Tick-borne disease in maine, Part III: Living with Lyme, the patient

    Imagine you are sick and your doctor is unable to figure out what is wrong with you. Imagine being sick and nothing relieves the growing pain and debilitating symptoms that you struggle with every day. Imagine friends and family walking away, all because you’re sick and no one can figure out why. Lyme disease is often called “the great imitator” because it mimics so many different diseases. It can attack multi-sys…

  • Published
    September 30, 2017

    Tick-borne disease in Maine, part II: Two standards of care

    With an increase in cases of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, patients are reporting a variance in how they are or are not being treated. Why? The simple answer is that there are two standards of care; however, the reality is that it’s far more complicated than that. I’ll do my best to explain this in layman’s terms and not get too complicated. The history of Lyme disease In the early 1970s, a group of …

  • Published
    September 23, 2017

    Tick-borne disease in Maine: Part I, statistical update

    Fall is upon us and the mindset is that with the change in weather, we are safe from the onslaught of ticks. However, that is far from the truth. Ticks thrive in moist, cool conditions. While there may have been a reduction in tick sightings toward the end of the hot, dry summer we had, believe me when I tell you that they were there, waiting for the right conditions to become more active. For the next couple of …

  • Published
    September 16, 2017

    When Lyme is Gray

    It’s not easy being an advocate and talking with sick people every day, hearing similarities between your own journey and their struggle and trying to find the right words to not only comfort but to give them hope that they too, one day, can return to health. That is what life in the gray feels like. Not everything is black and white. We’re comfortable with black and white. Things are what they are. Cut and …

  • Published
    September 9, 2017

    Lyme rant: ducks and sheep, why, why why?

    This week’s article, which I’m calling my Lyme rant, is based on the outcome of my weeklong stay at the Union Fair, from all my community interactions with people and from my more than three-year odyssey as a Lyme advocate warrior. It’s based on firsthand experience as a patient, as an advocate and as someone who is not willing to settle for status quo. As a society, we’re being fed conflicting information from …

  • Published
    September 2, 2017

    Lyme Time at the fair

    As I sit writing this week’s article, I am six days into the Union Fair and, oh, what an emotional week it has been. I truly enjoy talking with people. I always have. My grandmother used to tell me that I have an old soul. I have a heart for helping people. So, to be surrounded by people at a local fair for an entire week — I am in my glory. Our booth has been flooded with visitors of all ages, some touched by …

  • Published
    August 26, 2017

    Connect with tick experts at Union Fair

    We are preparing for a very busy week ahead, when we will be spending the entire week at the Union Fair (Aug. 19 to 26), educating fair-goers about ticks in Maine, the diseases that they carry and how prevention is key to staying tick-free. This will be our third year at the Union Fair and we have a great corner booth inside the Exhibition Hall. You can find us there every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We enjoy …

  • Published
    August 12, 2017

    Prevention recap

    As summer stretches into August, our battle with ticks remain strong and so must our attention to prevention practices. It may seem like repetitive information but as the number of new cases of tick-borne disease continue to climb upwards and the phone calls and emails looking for assistance continue to come in, I will be right here sharing with you all that I know from firsthand experience. Back when I bitten by …

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    August 5, 2017

    Help! I've been bitten by a tick — now what?

    This is the number one question that I get on a regular basis, via phone call, email and in person. People who have had a tick encounter struggle to find the next step. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and disoriented by all the information you find on the Internet, which is why when people reach out to me, I give them options. Bringing down the fear factor is my main concern and giving people options gives them …

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