One of the biggest shocks I had was how many people were unaware of what Lyme was. Considering Kentucky is known for deer hunting this was a big surprise. You have to be aware & you cant assume just because you live in Kentucky instead of Connecticut that you are free from risk. I really hope & pray the people I did reach will take it serious enough to read up on the info given and be aware of what to look for.
The sad moments of the night was meeting two different people who actually lost a loved one to Lyme. It really put life into perspective to hear how they could not get help. One man begged his doctor to help him because he knew he had Lyme disease & his doctor REFUSED to help him. He ended up passing shortly after. It breaks my heart. This is exactly why I am doing what I'm doing and being persistent. We don't need to lose any more people to this horrible disease. No matter how tired i get I will always be open to talk about Lyme and hope everyone reading this blog will be too. I'm able to survive & beat this disease because I got a diagnosis & I am thankful every day I wake up.
I would also like to thank all of my support during this adventure. My wonderful boyfriend for stringing 200 candy canes all week helping me prepare, and standing in the cold for 4 hours speaking to people about Lyme. My amazing family for their love & my dad driving 3 hours each way just to surprise me at the event. My friends who took time out of their busy day to come see me in the cold & cheer me on, & also for those people who offered moral support & encouragement via a call or text. No one can understand how much it means to know I have a lot of people willing to learn & have my back through this all. If you know me well then you know I won't take a fight laying down. I'm going to take all my good days to continue educating & raising money for Lyme research. It must be done & even if it's just one person doing little things it will make a difference.
Thank you again to everyone SO much and if you want to read more about my Lyme info page or donate the link is below