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August 25th 2011:Lyme and other Tick-borne Diseases

Have you or someone you know been bitten by a tick? Did you know you don’t have to have a rash to be infected and that ticks carry a whole host of bacteria and parasites? Listen to two women’s journeys to raise public awareness that this disease exists in Southeastern United States.

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Libby Matthews

Libby Matthews married with two daughters, Laura 17, and Anna 14. Since 2009 Libby’s been advocating for her daughter Laura and other individuals diagnosed with a tick-borne illness. When Laura was six years old three ticks bit her while playing in her Birmingham back yard. Despite the absence of a rash, Laura developed numerous symptoms over the next ten years. She was mis-diagnosed many times. When 15 Laura and her mom noticed that she was losing her ability to grasp a pencil, hold a door open, or pull down a paper towel. She also experienced episodes of “blanking out,” without losing consciousness. After taking Laura to a neurologist who diagnosed epilepsy, Libby knew all the symptoms we
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Liz Schmitz

A tick bit Liz Schmitz in her Atlanta yard in 1991. She contracted Lyme disease. Despite no travel history to the northeast, five labs confirmed her diagnosis. Two other tests found Borrelia Burgdorferi DNA. She co-founded and is president of the Georgia Lyme Disease Association. Liz works with medical providers, scientists, politicians, and public health officials. She seeks funding for research in the Southeast. Liz has hosted presentations to communities, medical groups, school students, and scout groups. The Georgia Lyme Disease Association provides patient support and educational/preventative information to create awareness of tick-borne illnesses in the South. GALDA volunteers hav
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