How much do you know about Lyme disease?

Usually, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I write about writing, journalism or life after being downsized. But, having had a Lyme disease scare about 12 years ago, I want to digress today, the first day of Lyme disease awareness month.

Untreated Lyme disease, which is spread by tick bites, can be debilitating and even fatal. Early symptoms can mimic other conditions. Many people – even many doctors – don’t know much about it. If you’re one of them, educating yourself could save your life.

It’s important to know what ticks looks like (note – they’re very, very small), as well as to take precautions that might help prevent tick bites, and to know what symptoms could be signs of Lyme disease.

For more information, here’s a link to the Lyme Disease Association of Ontario and another to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.

As well, this recent article in the Globe and Mail is worth checking out.

For “Lymies” and others with food restrictions, a blog called Squeeze of Lyme, which I follow, has interesting recipes and tips.

One last link, this one on Etsy. It’s a downloadable Bitstrips tutorial for $5.65, which explains how to make the popular personalized cartoons often seen on Facebook, and how to transfer them to canvas. The project is a Lyme fundraiser, affiliated with Squeeze of Lyme.


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