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The Impatient Patient

by Jennifer Crystal When would I get better? Why was I not seeing improvement every day? Recently a friend’s toddler son asked her for a snack. Holding his baby sister, my friend told her son …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email her at [email protected] Why do certain Lyme tests show positive …MORE

Excessive Thirst and Lyme Disease

by Jennifer Crystal One of my earliest symptoms of tick-borne illness was excessive thirst. It was also one of the most prolonged, because it was so readily brushed off. A few weeks after I developed …MORE

Meet the Researcher – George Aranjuez Ph.D.

George Aranjuez, Ph.D. is faculty research associate at University of Central Florida. His postdoctoral research was supported by a Deborah and Mark Blackman-GLA fellowship award. His most recent peer-reviewed articles, about the replication of Borrelia …MORE

Saving Spoons: Not Just of Energy, But of Time

By Jennifer Crystal The “Spoon Theory” has become well-known in the chronic illness world. Originally coined by lupus patient Christine Miserandino, the theory stems from a conversation she had with a friend in which she …MORE

Beating the Winter Blues

By Jennifer Crystal In the best of times, late winter can drag for people. Cabin fever and a longing for sunshine and warmth make us feel like we’re in the movie Groundhog Day, repeating the …MORE

Isolation Takes a Toll

by Madison Pinckney I could be in a room full of people, but still feel alone. I’m trapped inside my head. While I may have made it to the event, the pain is still there, …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email her at [email protected] Do steroids make Lyme disease worse? Yes. …MORE

Could You Be Co-infected With Bartonella?

by Jennifer Crystal I was bitten by a tick in summer 1997 while working at a camp in the woods of Maine. It would be another eight years, however, until I figured out that the …MORE

Meet the Researcher: Maria Gutierrez-Hoffmann, ...

Meet the Researcher is a blog series to introduce GLA-funded Lyme disease researchers   Maria Gutierrez-Hoffmann, Ph.D. is a scientist at the Food and Drug Administration in the Office of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Assessment. As a …MORE

Dendritic Cells: A Possible Pathway to Lyme Aut...

by Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., Director of Research and Science, GLA In the Covid-19 pandemic era, survival and recovery are on our minds. It’s become recognized that some patients recover quickly from Covid-19, but others may …MORE

I Have Lyme Disease. Should I Get the COVID-19 ...

by Jennifer Crystal In my October “Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!” post, I answered the question everyone was asking at the time: “Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available?” We didn’t yet know how …MORE

Lyme Disease Incidence: Even Greater Than Thought

POV by Timothy J. Sellati, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, GLA How many people get Lyme disease every year? Precisely determining an annual incidence has been a challenge. Based upon a surveillance rather than a clinical …MORE

Sometimes the Memory is Better Than the Real Thing

By Jennifer Crystal In last week’s post, I talked about the various dreams I had during different stages of my battle with tick-borne illnesses. Some were hallucinogenic nightmares. Some were meaningful. And some gave me …MORE

Spring Warnings: Beware of the Great Imitator

Lyme disease had been masquerading as a litany of other health issues for years, until Slater Lawrence finally got wise in time to take back control. by Slater Lawrence Seemingly overnight, I had lost my …MORE

Dreaming of the Past—and the Future

By Jennifer Crystal People who haven’t had late-stage Lyme disease sometimes ask what the worst symptom I experienced was. Without hesitation, it was insomnia. The Lyme bacteria had burrowed so deeply into my nervous system …MORE

Lyme and the Limbic System

By Jennifer Crystal The longer I’ve been in remission from Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and chronic active Epstein Barr virus, the more I’ve been able to do. Once bedridden, I now only need naps in …MORE

Podcast: Two Much Lyme

By Julia Allyn & Madison Pinckney Welcome to the Two Much Lyme podcast! Hosts Julia and Maddy both live with late-stage Lyme disease. Their conversations focus on the challenges of living with chronic illness through …MORE

Staying the Course When the End is in Sight

by Jennifer Crystal At long last, the solution we’ve all been hoping for to get out of the COVID-19 pandemic is here: vaccines have been approved. The end is in sight, but we’re not quite there …MORE

COVID-19 Long Haulers, We See You

by Kerry J Heckman There is a new chronic illness emerging throughout the world. People with this illness are being referred to as “COVID-19 long haulers.” The term is used to describe COVID-19 patients with …MORE

Meet the Researcher: Lise Nigrovic, M.D., M.P.H.

Meet the Researcher is a blog series to introduce GLA-funded Lyme disease researchers Lise Nigrovic, M.D., M.P.H. is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email her at [email protected] How do you differentiate rheumatoid arthritis (RA) …MORE

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