Lyme Disease. We have heard of it, we know it can be a terrible illness, however most do not know much more than that.
The ailment comes from a tick bite, and can affect any part of the body. It is often mistaken for Parkinson’s, ALS, MS, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Some have also been told by their doctor that it is psychological.
We were contacted by a local group of residents who have started an advocacy group to bring more awareness to the disease. Janice Corbett, Karen Munro, and Gary McInroy are all with the Bay of Quinte Lyme Support Group . They all have Lyme Disease.
Munro says one of the problems with diagnosing the disease is the accuracy of Lyme testing.
ILADS is the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, a not for profit.
Gary McInroy tested positive for Lyme.
Corbett tells Quinte News she does not even remember being bitten by a tick.
The video below is of Janice Corbett. Janice says she has at times been ridiculed for “faking” it. Corbett says the shaking is at times “uncontrollable” . See below
In Tweed next week, the group will be showing the movie Under Our Skin, when documents the controversy around Lyme Disease.
Likely the most famous person today who had a fight with Lyme Disease is Avril Lavigne, the Napanee native. Here is an interview she did earlier this year with ABC.
You can hear the full interview with Gary McInroy, Karen Munro and Janice Corbett below.
More information about ILADS is available by CLICKING HERE
More information from the Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit on Lyme Disease by CLICKING HERE