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The best way to fight a disease is through the education of our citizens.
The more that we as a nation talk about and educate ourselves on the realities of Lyme disease the stronger we will all become in the fight against it.
As someone who grew up in adventuring in the great outdoors, ticks and insect bites where very much a reality of my life and would completely shape my future.
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Growing up we knew a little about ticks the main thing being that if we had one attached to use that then we needed to show an adult. I remember being worried about getting Lyme disease but being assured even if I did get it would only take few pills and I would be good to go again. Alas that was not the case, by the time it was discovered that I did indeed have Lyme disease I had been sick for close to two decades. Needless to say it has taken a lot more than a handful of pills to get me functional again.
We as a society often view Lyme disease as flu like symptoms and some joint pain, Lyme disease can look like this for some. Yet for others it can take on a whole myriad of symptoms. From bells palsy, to tremors, seizures, muscle spasms, nerve pain, mood swings, paranoia, hallucinations, digestive upset, loss of libido, vomiting and so much more. Lyme disease is very much an adaptogen allowing for the bacteria to take advantage of the weak points in the body and exploit it. This disease can truly look different from person to person,, with some people only needing a few weeks of antibiotics and others who dealing with long term and debilitating symptoms.
The conversation around Lyme disease in this nation is slowly growing and with it awareness of the realities of this disease is as well. It is a scary thought that one small bug bite can change the course of your life, but all to often for many Canadians it is a reality. The more we know about this disease, the better that we can protect ourselves and our loved ones.