Each day of May for Lyme Awareness Month in 2015, whatislyme.com would like to recognize someone in the Lyme community that has done something to try to help the Lyme community. There are several “unsung heroes” in our community and we would like to just offer them a little recognition and make sure that their achievements and efforts don’t go unnoticed.
Terri started “World Lyme Day.” A group to get out international awareness.
“With us growing the WorldLymeDay our hope is that we give correct information for awareness globally. We started the Petition (Million Signature -1 Year) to show awareness worldwide Sign Petition Here.” ~Terri
Terri also has, “Tick Talk Help Stop Lyme” along with Kathryn Maroun and Kristiliee Christensen
Terri was an avid outdoorsperson/fisherman and it’s important to her to educate other hunters and fisherman about the dangers of Lyme disease.
Terri’s Lyme Story
July 9, 2012 changed my life. Place – Small pond behind a Publix in Orlando Florida. This is my story:
I had spent years in Northern Ontario enjoying the outdoors always cautious of the mosquitos and never really giving any thought to ticks. From what I had heard ticks were only a problem if you went hunting and I was only a fisher.
However, my life changed when I went to Orlando Florida in July 2012. We were attending a conference and later one evening we decided to sneak down to the pond behind the Publix store. It was only a small pond that seemed to be surrounded by homes and looked inviting to go and try some bass fishing. The time was 7.30 pm and it was just starting to get to be dusk. My husband caught a fish and I decided to walk over to where he was proudly holding his catch.
On my way through the knee high brush I thought that I had walked into a thorn bush. I felt a sudden quick jab in my lower left leg so I stopped and reached down to remove the thorn. Although I saw what looked like a small dark thorn I removed it. Not realizing that I actually did not get the whole thorn because it turned out that it was actually a tick and its head was still embedded in my leg.
We continued on fishing for another hour and headed back to the hotel. I could see something still in my leg but thought it would work itself out. I still believed that it was only a thorn so I was not overly concerned after all a tick was not even a consideration to me since we were fishing not hunting.
Three days later the illness took hold. A fever was present and continued to be present for twelve days. My body ached and my leg felt like it was on fire. I lost my voice and thought I had a cold and flu. I went to the doctors and he felt that it was only the flu and it would go away. However this was not the case. It was July 13 when the illness began and September 7th after a summer of sleeping that again the doctor did not know what to do. I had been there numerous times and treated with antibiotics. This time I was told by the doctor that the medication I was being given would get rid of it in 2 days otherwise if I had a fever over 101 to head to the hospital.
September 9, 2012 I was admitted into the hospital with Sepsis Meningitis after the fever would not go down. For 9 days I was administered high doses through intravenous of antibiotics to try and save my life. I went through extensive testing for every kind of disease possible. They ruled out West Nile and also ruled out Lyme’s Disease because the test came back negative. However, this was going to change. Thirty days later I was contacted by the health department and informed that I actually had a positive test for Lyme’s but they felt it was a false positive.
Events Terri has attended.
One thing extra we would like to thank Terri for, is standing up to the bullies in the community. Sadly almost every community has them, but it takes courage to do something about it. For that we want to give you extra thanks. We know it has been hard on you but you did the right thing and will help others in the future not be harrassed by them.