I love speaking to Canadians across the coast about Lyme disease here in Canada. The more that conversation around this topic grows the stronger we as a nation become in the face of it. Lyme disease is a truly complex disease that can target every system and organ in the body, often leaving individuals with long term damage that can often be disabling and debilitating.
One thing that I am a big believer in is imparting to Canadians how their province deals with ticks and Lyme disease, as healthcare is a provincial power this means that all of the provinces in Canada will have their own set up and approach to Lyme disease. There have also been some big changes surrounding Lyme disease at the federal level, such as the recognition that Lyme disease can be congenital. As legislation and funding changes and research grows our nations approach to Lyme disease is as well and it is so important that we are all aware of it.
Most importantly though Canadians need to know what the options and approaches to tick surveillance are in their area and what alternative options that they have when municipalities shut down their tick surveillance programs. All to often this is a reality and something that is constantly changing. Education and awareness is power and how we as a nation continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones against this disease.
This can be adjusted to fit the needs of the event and its audience, either way the time will include the chance for people to ask questions afterwards.
For the most part no, travel takes a lot of energy out of me and that is not energy I have to spare. There will be some exceptions in the future but for now only online is possible.
Yes! The number of people does not matter, if it is just one person, or a family looking to hear the presentation that is completely welcome.