Isabella Pignataro

My Lyme Story: Isabella Pignataro

“Healthy people don’t get sick” That is a statement I heard many times in my life, so I chose to naively believe it. I grew up under the impression, like many others, that chronic illness happens to those who make poor life decisions such as smoking, drinking, and eating unhealthy […]

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chris martin iron man

My Lyme Story: Chris Martin

In March 2024, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease following an array of symptoms that spanned over 10 years, all of which were unexplained through various clinical tests and interventions that led back to nowhere. That was until early March ’24, the neurologist thought that given my propensity to always […]

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Aaron O’Connell runs the Llanelli Half Marathon

On 24th September this year, Aaron O’Connell will be taking part in the Llanelli Half Marathon to raise awareness and funds for Lyme Disease UK. Aaron’s younger sister has unfortunately suffered with Lyme disease for many years through her teenage years. I want to spread awareness is because I have […]

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Deborah Bircham close up photo of her face with a tree and grass in the background

My Lyme Story: Deborah Bircham

In March 2018, I had just started the job of my dreams and was feeling on top of the world. I had been working in woodlands all over the country for around 6 months, and just landed a brilliant new role which I was ecstatic about, and then I suddenly […]

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Photo of Lyme disease patient, Vicky Hamlin, sitting in a medical setting with an IV in her arm and looking unhappy

My Lyme Story: Vicky Hamlin

Prior to 2016 I was fit, healthy, very active and worked long hours in a career I loved. I did charity events including running the London Marathon and cycling from London to Paris.   In 2016, I had an amazing year away travelling – I climbed Machu Picchu, swam in the […]

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My Lyme Story: Sophie and Gabriella Dahlmann

In the summer of 2017 whilst pregnant with Gabriella, I was, as we later found out, bitten by a tick. At the time I experienced ongoing flu-like symptoms and didn’t notice a bull’s-eye rash. When I saw one of the GPs at my surgery, I was told what I had […]

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Guest Blog – ‘What makes viruses tick?’ Project

At the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, we are undertaking a new project ‘What makes viruses tick?’. This project aims to raise awareness and offer information on ticks and tick-borne diseases in Scotland. Ticks and the diseases they transmit have become an increasing concern in recent years for […]

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Tick warning attached to single tree in woodland

Awareness Talks

Our awareness talks are popular as ever and we’ve had some great interactions throughout 2022. In collaboration with Botanic Protect, we were invited to give a talk to the Woodland Trust in March. Over one hundred people attended this virtual event where awareness about what Lyme disease is, prevention of […]

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