In the last decade, Lyme patients have been trying to draw attention to their plight. Patients have been protesting, putting on awareness rallies, doing Lyme walks and information booths.
In October of 2011, I worked with Paul Mall organizing a protest against the IDSA in Boston, Ma. I had seen some Flash Mob dances and sing alongs and saw how much attention they got. They would spread on Facebook and Youtube like crazy and I tried to think how we could implement that into one of our protests. Of course Lyme patients can not dance or sing for long periods of time because of how ill they are, so I tried to think of what would be catchy and get people’s attention and be within the limits of what Lyme patients could do. Then I saw a “Flash Mob Freeze” video from London. I thought this is something Lyme patients can handle and then eventually this led to the “Die In.” All Lyme patients would just drop to the ground and lay there for a couple minutes as the public walked around them shocked at what was happening.
While I had the idea, Paul Mall was the perfect one to be the executer. He became known as the director of the “Die Ins.” He would get on his loud speaker and give Lyme patients instructions on what to do. They were a success. Now “Die Ins” have been done at several Lyme events and taped by Fox News, NBC and Lyme patients all over the world.
Here is the “Die In” Timeline starting with the latest “Die In.”