Lyme Disease in Montana

Letters To Strangers 2016 ~ Montana Letter

Letters To Strangers 2016 ~ Montana Letter

This effort was discussed in my recent post about my trip to DC last week, and is described in further detail in a post from May of last year.  My letter was updated this year and some of the Montana patients active with Northern Rockies Lyme Disease Coalition efforts shared their photos to help further […]

May 2016 Trip to Capitol Hill, IDSA Headquarters, and Lyme Policy and Science Forum

May 2016 Trip to Capitol Hill, IDSA Headquarters, and Lyme Policy and Science Forum

Each May, The Mayday Project hosts a rally outside of the Infectious Disease Society of America’s Headquarters in Arlington, VA, to raise public awareness for Lyme Disease and for the damage being done by the outdated and dangerously flawed IDSA Lyme Disease Treatment Guidelines, and to fight for change.  Patients travel from around the region […]

Why Montanans are calling Congress Jan. 26/27

Why Montanans are calling Congress Jan. 26/27

We are spread-out, disenfranchised, devastated moms, dads, students, and children…..former participants in lives we now just watch go by.

New Montana Lyme Study “Hits Home” Emotionally and (Almost) Geographically

New Montana Lyme Study “Hits Home” Emotionally and (Almost) Geographically

I heard from another Lyme patient about a week that there would be a Lyme disease study starting in Ravalli County with pediatrician Blaise Favara, and last night it was on the news. When I first heard about it, he study part was quite exciting, although they are not looking at my area.  What made […]

Deer Ticks Confirmed in North Dakota Carry Lyme Disease and Important Implications for ‘Non-Lyme’ States

Deer Ticks Confirmed in North Dakota Carry Lyme Disease and Important Implications for ‘Non-Lyme’ States

Recent findings published in the Journal of Medical Entomology carry critically important implications for Lyme Disease detection in Montana and other states currently not considered Lyme endemic. Although North Dakota was considered to be outside the range of deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis), researchers sampled nine locations in North Dakota and found deer ticks present at six of them, including […]

My Son’s New Year’s Resolution for Lyme Awareness

My Son’s New Year’s Resolution for Lyme Awareness

My son’s teacher took the time to type and email my son’s resolution from a project in class, and it truly melts my heart.  It’s certainly not easy for either of my kids to have a mom with Lyme disease. Christopher’s Resolution ~ (9 years old, 3rd grade) My New Year’s resolution is to finally […]

Map of Montana Canine Lyme Cases in My Local Area

Map of Montana Canine Lyme Cases in My Local Area

Lyme disease is under-reported in animals in Montana (and everywhere), as it is in people.  But, interestingly enough dogs are routinely tested and treated in areas where people are not.  Many people have treated their dog for Lyme disease where I live, which is why it catches many people off guard to hear that the […]