Most often when someone writes a blog post, questions may arise as to the author’s own experiences about that certain topic. Is it just great research or does the author have personal experiences in that area. Our guest blogger, Stephanie Harbeck, who wrote the post about Service Dogs, was kind enough to answer some more personal questions, giving us a glimpse of her life with a chronic illness and a service animal.Read More
Most pet owners don’t realize the connection between pets and tick borne diseases. “… Canines are considered to be sentinel indicators of Lyme disease risk for humans.” While Lyme positive canine cases are estimated at roughly 1 million a year, the CDC estimates that there are roughly 300,000 people infected with Lyme Disease every year. Yet, in a sample study, there was only a 2%-3% difference between positively infected dogs and their humans (lymedisease.org.) The disparity between positive canine and human infections is proof of how much there’s still to do to help spread awareness of Lyme disease, as well as to find an accurate treatment for both humans and our furry friends.Read More
Lyme Disease is on the rise, not only in the U.S., but across the globe. But it’s not just humans who are effected. Harrison’s family members aren’t strangers to Lyme disease. His mom and siblings all have it. So when Harrison came back from a friend’s house with a red ring around a small puncture, his mom knew right away what was going on. So what makes Harrison different from the many others suffering from Lyme disease? He was able to get treated right away. He’s also a dog.Read More
In the United States, a service animal is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as, “Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” As a service dog handler, the first and most important thing to learn, before you get a prospect are the laws and your rights as a disabled individual.Read More
Most people associate the "bulls-eye" rash, or "Erythema migrans" rash with Lyme Disease. Although it is a clear sign of infection, it may not be noticed due to it's location on the body, may appear as a different shape, or may not appear at all. Leaving us to guess when asked by our doctors, if we have ever noticed a rash, and what it looked like. Many times, even if we arrive at the office with a bright red bulls-eye on our leg it is not treated or given an ineffective dose of antibiotics. Leaving Lyme Disease, and probable co-infections to go untreated in the body.Read More
For many, the words "activism", or "activist" conjure up memories of the 1960's, with peace marches, love-ins, and racial equality at the forefront of most protests. As many know, however, we have a much richer history than the activism of the 1960's. Our country, and throughout the world, were built on the results of activism. The selfless acts of protest, picketing, and standing up for each other, has always been the way to get things done, despite the injury, loss of life, or jail time one might face.Read More
Many, many moons ago when Lyme Warrior was born… ok fine, a year ago, Lauren, founder of Lyme Warrior, began sewing together bits of various green fabrics to create quilted pillows that would hold more meaning to one then just comfort.Read More
Opossums are here to help us though! These marsupials are opportunistic feeders and omnivores. They spend a lot of time foraging in tall grassy areas at night and end up with many ticks in their fur. They are thorough groomers that can even groom their faces in the same manner as cats. They consume 90-95 percent of the ticks found on their bodies which can be as many as 4,000 a week according to the National Wildlife Federation's blog. Can you see why he's Lyme Warrior's superhero and unofficial mascot?Read More
Adam had just turned 6 years old.....A month into 6 years old, he came down with what, I thought, was the stomach flu. He was starting to get a headache, a fever over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), developing neck pain, and sound and light sensitivity. Despite fever-reducing, he was still in so much pain, we couldn't even have the lights on. He did not eat, wasn't hungry or able to, and we were forcing him to drink fluids through a straw, something terribly wrong with my son.Read More
You hear these words used every day and for many reasons. Anyone struggling with anything hears them: trouble with a subject in school, with a sport, a relationship, a new and unfamiliar task, virtually anything. As a medical professional, I used to say them to my patients every day for a number of reasons as well.
Ever since my Lyme Diagnosis, these words have taken on a whole new meaning, something bigger, with much more meaning than I have ever thought that they could be. Even more so than myself sometimes!Read More
Since the birth of my son, Rylan, in 2009 I had noticed things that didn’t quite seem right. His skin was extremely bumpy and red. He constantly itched and anything we put on him seemed to irritate him even more. He would get sick randomly with symptoms like runny nose, cough and fever, but they would disappear just as quickly as they appeared.Read More
On August 17, 2017, a comedy event was held at Tierney’s in Montclair New Jersey, to raise money for Lyme Warrior. There were four comedians who performed on stage and about 60-70 people were in attendance that night. Tickets sold for $10 and half of the proceeds were donated to Lyme Warrior. The total amount donated was $280. This event was organized by a young woman, Gee, who lives in Bloomfield, NJ.Read More
At Lyme Warrior, we strive to show all sides of Lyme Disease. Here is the story of two children facing Lyme Disease and just part of their battle.
Skyler and Shivon both have what is believed to be Congenital Lyme Disease. They were both born early, (both pregnancies were very rough on Mom and baby) testing positive for Babesia and Boriella.Read More
Modern scientists consider that hypothermia (low body temperature) may be the cause of many diseases, including cancer, and even a 1.8° increase of the body temperature may improve the immune function by 40% and can enhance production of enzymes and hormones by up to 50% and stimulate the metabolic processes up to 12% by increasing calories burn and fat loss.Read More
Young warriors, wanting to participate, will receive a presentation kit complete with Ticks N All wipes, TickEase tweezers, and a presentation to help them teach their peers and community proper tick prevention and removal techniques. Beyond spreading awareness, young warriors will also get some cool gifts from Lyme Warrior for participating.Read More
The day I wore my Anchor "Lyme Won't Sink Me" shirt to my electrophysiologist appointment, I needed courage. I wore that shirt like a Kevlar bullet proof vest. I was anxious because of my experiences with medical professionals in the past who didn't believe in Chronic Lyme. Wearing this shirt made me feel like all my Lyme Warriors were with me. It reminded me I am never alone in this fight.Read More
Both of those memories have stayed with me for thirty-something years. Not because I got stuff. It was because those cards and small gifts brought me such joy. They lifted my heart and let me know that I was not alone and I was loved, even by people who didn’t really know me or I them. I could feel the compassion and love that they sent to me, and it made a difference in my life.Read More
Everybody’s heard of the red solo cup, made infamous by the Toby Keith song of that title. The song extolls the virtues of the ubiquitous red plastic cup found at all events involving drinking alcohol and brings to mind fun, care-free times. But I've found a cup that kicks red solo to the curb!Read More
When you push people too far, they will push back even when they can barely stand.
Lyme Warrior is a nonprofit organization founded by Lyme patient, Lauren Lovejoy. Lauren worked full time, went to graduate school and spent many hours at the gym, when something horrible got under her skin. It took Lauren years to finally get an accurate diagnosis for her symptoms that left her mostly bed-bound. Common everyday tasks like standing to cook were impossible for this once self-described workaholic. Despite her debilitating symptoms, she decided to start a nonprofit and turn the tide on this epidemic disease no one knew anything about.Read More