Sometimes you discover things you would never SEEK…and then you stumble upon a purpose. If you follow me on Social Media you may have noticed I posted photos from a fabulous event my husband and I attended on Sunday evening. Hosted at a beautiful home in Palo Alto, the Bay Area Lyme Foundation fundraiser — cleverly called LymeAid (unintentionally topical with Beyonce's release of Lemonade!)— featured the legendary Diana Ross in an exclusive concert! We were so happy to attend the event with dear friends, and along with jaw-dropping entertainment, the evening included some powerful, informative, and heartbreaking speakers. My photos captured the fun, and today I want to share a bit of the story behind the fantastic event.
Lyme disease has directly affected my family, and I am learning it has also touched the lives of many people close to me. A diagnosis of Lyme is certainly something one would never SEEK, but as I have witnessed the difficult diagnosis and devastating effects of Lyme disease, I also find myself with a sense of purpose to educate about this ‘silent epidemic’. The work of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation has been inspiring and informational as my family began this journey, and I feel compelled to share what I have learned.
Lyme manifests differently in each case, and is known as the Great Imitator, making it difficult to diagnose because it masquerades as so many other illnesses: symptoms associated with the disease such as headaches, dizziness, and joint/body pain can be easily ascribed to multiple conditions. To raise much needed awareness about the pandemic of Lyme disease, these myths and misconceptions from the Bay Area Lyme Foundation are an excellent place to start:
Also worth a look, the well-researched facts and statistics, with important information about the expanding geographical footprint across the country — including the California coast.
The Bay Area Lyme Foundation website is filled with information — from suggestions about prevention to innovative research projects. Their mission is to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose, and simple to cure. I support the organization and their goals with my whole heart, and hope you will read more about the good work they are doing. There is always a story behind a pretty picture, and this is one I feel compelled to share in hopes that increased awareness will lead to a cure.