Calum’s Story

Calum Culbert aged 16 “living the lyme life” School pupil from Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. An outdoors enthusiast, an active Scout, hill walker, interested in all rural pursuits and very keen fisherman, being a member of the Scottish Sea Angling Team. Walked and camped regularly. Despite best preventative efforts picked […]

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Kate’s Story

Journey into the unknown with Lyme disease by Kate Lawlor It is hard to say where it all began, as I am honestly not sure. In 2002, I took my young children to a nearby picnic area. We sat in a grassy area by a lake and then we went […]

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Vanessa’s story

Vanessa Boyd, 28 My life has never been what you would consider ‘normal’. Here’s the long story why, if you want to read it: I went on holiday on my 16th birthday with our Kez and unknowingly contracted a disease.It all began with a rash that was diagnosed as something […]

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James’s story

James Prosser, 37 Police Officer Became unwell summer 2015. Diagnosed with CFS but was refused a Lyme disease test. Diagnosed privately in December 2015 using the standard NHS two tier Lyme disease test. 1 month of IV antibiotics, some improvements but not completely better. Currently being treated privately by a […]

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Emma’s story

Emma Dolan, 41 Bitten in the USA in 2005. Health declined but still managed to still function at around 60%. Self employed because not able to hold down a job and was refused Employment Support Allowance –  deemed fit for full time work. October 2014, health deteriorated following a bad […]

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Daniel’s story

Daniel Hickson, 25 Began experiencing symptoms after a trip to the Lake District in 2013. Used to enjoy going to the gym and running and was a bodybuilder. Fell seriously ill in June 2015 with joint and muscle pain, abdominal pain, chest pain, neck and back pain, heart palpitations, rashes, […]

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Bethan’s story

Bethan Rimmington, 25 Has a First Class honours degree in History and a Masters in International Development. Before falling sick, Bethan was involved in numerous social enterprises, including one that supports survivors of human trafficking and for this she received the following recognition: Points of Light Award from the Prime […]

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Nicola’s story

Nicola Lavin, 37 Bitten in New York state USA when visiting in 2001. Came home unwell but then discovered she was pregnant and symptoms were attributed to pregnancy. Went into heart failure during pregnancy, so baby had to be delivered early. Recovered somewhat with heart medication but still didn’t feel […]

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Rhiannon’s story

Rhiannon Williams, 46 Outdoors enthusiast living in rural East Devon. Regularly pulling ticks off pets and spent time in woodland areas. In 2010, bitten on the back of calf and developed  typical EM rash. Started falling down stairs, developed tendonitis and a classic ACA rash. Feet swelled, went purple and […]

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