First impressions.

Erica Livingston has had many tick bites over the years but had no noticeable symptoms and no bullseye rash so she didn’t think much about Lyme disease. But after she received her yearly flu vaccine a year ago she felt terrible. She couldn’t get off the couch without her husband’s help. After multiple trips to the Emergency Room and multiple specialists, they were flummoxed. Her blood work was “perfect.’ Her primary care physician suspected Lyme so prescribed 21 days of doxycycline, but there was no improvement so the doctor was convinced there was no Lyme. Luckily for Erica, a friend who had Lyme kept after her to go see a Lyme Literate MD (LLMD).

“I felt very guilty spending money on myself…so I put off going to an LLMD.” – Erica Livingston

Once you become aware of Lyme, it’s impossible to go back in time and remember when you didn’t know about the disease. We are always shocked that so many people don’t know Lyme exists in their community, but we shouldn’t be. It wasn’t too long ago that we were blind as well. The message about Lyme cannot be said enough times by enough voices. Every little bit you do helps. Enough snowflakes together make a storm.


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I’ve been talking to people with Lyme from all over the country. I am always amazed by how knowledgeable and educated they are about Lyme. Some are passionate about gathering political support. Some are passionate about alternative treatments. Some are passionate about helping others. They all share a deep commitment to make their pain and suffering a positive contribution to the world. That’s why I call them Lyme Ninjas.

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Mackay Rippey

I practice acupuncture in Clinton, NY, a small village in the geographical center of the state. Once I became aware of Lyme and other insect carried diseases, I started seeing my chronic patients in an entirely different light. Join me as I speak with the the most fascinating people in the Lyme community. If you know someone I should interview, let me know.

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