Melina Coogan grew up in Vermont and was an active outdoorswoman. She had strange symptoms for several years, such a tingling all over her body, and shooting pains. About a year ago her symptoms became much more severe, with a spotted rash that grew from her feet to her face in the course of a day, and a urinary tract disorder that left her unable to move. Online research lead her to discover Lyme Disease, and when she went to the doctors for a test she tested positive.

In this episode you will learn:

  1. A reminder of why it’s important to be your own advocate
  2. The role a community support has on dealing with chronic disease
  3. Melina’s cool nature hack for alleviating her lyme symptoms

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I really enjoyed speaking with Melina. She has a strong spirit and an inspiring story to tell. We’re lucky to have her voice in the Lyme community. Today, Melina is receiving treatment from a lyme literate doctor as well as using other alternative therapies, and documents her experience with Lyme Disease on her blog The Wilder Coast.


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