Jo's avatar

Registered: 03/31/2003

Gender: Female

Location: The Netherlands

Birthday: 10/28/1986

Occupation: Studying History

Birdy birdy in the sky,
Dropped a poopy in my eye,
I'm not sad, I won't cry,
I'm just glad a cow can't fly.

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Imagine coming down with a flu that never ends.
Imagine doctors being unable to find the cause and dismissing your symptoms as 'in your head'.
Imagine fighting every single day against the the crushing fatigue and devastating pain, while attempting to still make something of your life.
Imagine missing out on education, jobs, parties, vacations, life.
Imagine feeling like you're slowly dying and doctor after doctor doing nothing more than suggest you see a psychologist.
Imagine losing the ability to walk and being so desperate for help you'll even travel abroad for medical attention.
Then imagine finding out after nearly a decade of being ill, that you have Lyme Disease and co-infections.
Imagine the Lyme having paralyzed your breathing muscles for 70% and having caused a lot of damage previous doctors just never tested for.
Also imagine you have hope of recovering and reclaiming your life.
Then imagine your insurance refusing to cover your treatment and having to pay everything out of pocket.
Imagine people suffering and even dying because they cannot afford it.
Imagine this could all have been prevented if the doctors had just used a more reliable bloodtest from the start.
Unfortunately this story is real and it hasn't happened to just me but millions of people across the globe.
Today I'll Take A Bite Out of Lyme to help spread awareness for this awful disease so one day, Lyme patients won't have to fight both their disease and the doctors who are supposed to help them. -->

Facts about Lyme Disease

- The standard testing catches only 34 - 59% of Lyme Disease cases.
- There has never been a study proving that a month of antibiotics will cure Lyme, whereas there have been at least 273 studies proving the opposite. Yet the current most-used treatment guidelines maintain that a month of antibiotics will cure Lyme Disease.
- Most cases of persistent Lyme Disease require an extended course of antibiotic therapy to achieve symptomatic relief. Relapses occur and retreatment may be required.
– Lyme Disease has been called “the great imitator” and can be mistaken for numerous diseases such as ALS, MS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, autism and other difficult-to-diagnose multi-system illnesses.

Join the Challenge

It would mean the world to me if you would join this campaign by also taking a bite out of a lime, stating one brief fact about Lyme and posting this to social media and/or donate to ILADS.
Click here to join the challenge
Click here to donate to ILADS.
Artwork on the TankTop by Ultimecia


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Razer Report | 05/16/2015 9:52 pm
You are very welcome and I must have not sent a PM.
I sent my e-mail in a PM earlier.
I hope that you are doing okay, Jo. emotion_hug
Razer Report | 05/05/2015 5:00 pm
Definitely looking into that information on those links provided. heart
Razer Report | 03/30/2015 1:33 pm
Sounds like you had fun there! smile
I'm glad you have improved but I hope you recover. sad
I've been going through a bit of stress. sweatdrop
If we discuss that its best to go to PMs.
Razer Report | 03/30/2015 1:15 pm
Have you got better at all?
How was studying in London? emotion_hug
Razer Report | 03/30/2015 8:54 am
I get concerned over my friends. emotion_hug
I like to know how they've been etc.
You've definitely been missed! heart
I asked her about you.
I've also had wonderful conversations with her. 3nodding
I've been keeping busy and still active on here.
Razer Report | 03/30/2015 7:42 am
I'm glad to hear that. emotion_hug
I've really missed you, Jo.
I made friends with Ultimecia.
She's pretty cool.
I'm glad you like my avatar.
I had wondered about you for a very long time. emotion_hug
SSJ Girl Report | 03/30/2015 7:36 am
SSJ Girl
Razer Report | 01/11/2015 6:57 am
I hope that you are doing well. heart
Razer Report | 10/28/2014 1:11 pm
Happy Birthday! gonk heart
TigerLily Poison Report | 06/01/2014 9:10 am
TigerLily Poison
Its been so long!! crying