research

Lyme Research Progresses

As a scientist with Lyme disease, the early years of my illness were distinguished by a frustrating lack of information in the published literature. I had to really dig to find relevant literature, and what literature there was seemed minimalistic, narrow, and or contradictory with either my own experience or other articles. The doctors most skilled at treating… Continue reading Lyme Research Progresses

activism, diagnosis, thoughts

Slipping between the cracks

In the last week, I have met or heard about three different cases of younger individuals who either died or were very ill with a combination of diseases that cause neurological and physical symptoms. I invariably have the same reaction in these cases - I think of Lyme disease and wonder whether they were properly… Continue reading Slipping between the cracks

activism

Re-Post: Ask your senators to co-sponsor Lyme disease bill (S. 1503)

Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced the bipartisan Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education and Research Act of 2015 (S. 1503). (from LymeDisease.org) This is a NATIONAL bill, folks, which means it potentially subsumes the need to pass these on a state by state basis and has a big impact. It would help countless people… Continue reading Re-Post: Ask your senators to co-sponsor Lyme disease bill (S. 1503)

my story, thoughts

Life without major relapses

It's been about 2 years now since I had a major relapse (meaning weeks and weeks of more severe symptoms). This is huge -- it means that I am willing to take risks like signing up for a work trip, taking on something larger at work, and being more responsible for things at home without a… Continue reading Life without major relapses

links, research, thoughts

Strain-based immunity?

Strain-based immunity? This news article highlights results from a study exploring whether people exposed to a particular strain of Lyme disease are immune to that strain for any length of time. The news article gives a nice layman's summary of the research article. The main result is that it seems statistically more likely that the… Continue reading Strain-based immunity?