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My Lyme Story: Emma Oliver

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. Here, Emma Oliver, 51, shares her story about her long fight and astonishing recovery from Lyme disease, in a bid to help raise awareness of this devastating disease.  Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia, a spirochete bacteria. It’s the most common tick-borne infectious disease […]

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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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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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Watch the Blackbird – A Story on Lyme Disease film

LDUK is delighted to offer free access to the new film, ‘Blackbird – A Story On Lyme Disease’! Blackbird is a new British film following a young woman and her ongoing battle with Lyme disease. It’s a short documentary lasting around 30 minutes, and it covers a broad range of […]

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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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My Lyme Story: Lori Chisnall

I was a healthy, young 47-year-old enjoying life. A party animal, I was always first on the dance floor and last to leave until one morning I awoke with every bone and muscle hurting, an intense, deep crushing pain. Months went by without improvement, in fact I got worse. My […]

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My Lyme Story: Monia-Allah T Al-Haidary

I have been going to the doctors for two years now with various symptoms. Brain fog, dizziness, light-headedness, and, as charmingly scrawled on my notes time and time again, TATT (tired all the time). From October 2020, at the height of the pandemic, I had a urinary tract infection followed […]

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My Lyme Story: Katharine Rhodes

The first symptom I can recall is the drop in my energy levels around 2014/15. I stopped wanting to do the things I liked so I went to my GP and had different tests, but everything returned normal. The fatigue slowly got worse. In 2017/18 further symptoms appeared. The first […]

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My Lyme Story: Jeff McCarthy

It was May 2013 when I first knew something was wrong. I had failed to complete a 5k race which had never happened to me before. I had to stop at the 3k mark as I just didn’t feel right and it wasn’t the normal type of fatigue you might […]

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My Lyme Story: Grace Ashley-Stokes

Scattered throughout the past few years, I’ve had strange signs and symptoms that something wasn’t right with my health. I had countless doctor appointments for bizarre symptoms that even they couldn’t find a clear answer for. In winter 2019, my health took a noticeable dip. I tried hard to ignore […]

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