First impressions.

Erin Murphy became symptomatic in highschool with fatigue, depression, and anxiety. When she attended college she studied psychology and then neuroscience in an attempt to understand what was happening to her.

She eventually turned to nutrition to try and control her symptoms and attended Maryland University of Integrative Health to recieve her Masters in Nutrition. Her journey to health has been over the course of 16 years, and she found the key to her healing has been allowing herself to feel and process all the emotions that Lyme Disease had created. She now works as a Computer Tech and lives in Philidelphia.

” I’ve worked really hard to improve my health and I finally feel it returning, but without diligence, it would be easy to continue floating on the same thoughts and patterns that gained momentum in the past 15 years of my life.” – Erin Murphy

The emotional component is a huge part of any chronic illness.  Couple the normal struggles of severe chronic illness to what Lyme can do to the brain’s physiology, and you have a perfect storm of uncontrolled thoughts and feelings. You see it every day on Facebook. My heart goes out to them. The message about Lyme cannot be said enough times by enough voices, in enough ways. Every little bit we do, helps. Gather enough snowflakes together and we’ll  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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