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This Chronic Life: Meet Miss Diagnoses

This post was originally published on this siteReal and inspiring stories from/voices of the chronic illness community By Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio Posted 8/23/19 Her illustrations and comics circulate far and wide among the chronic illness community on social media. They’re… Continue Reading →

How to Save Money on Lyme Disease Treatment

This post was originally published on this siteBy Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio Posted 8/20/19 One of the most common questions we get asked is: How can I save money on my treatment? This is an essential question, because being able to… Continue Reading →

Alpha-Gal Syndrome: How to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent the Tick-Borne Red Meat Allergy

This post was originally published on this siteBy Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio Posted 8/6/19 Jennifer Burton lives in a subdivision in Northwest Arkansas on more than two acres of well-maintained land — all except for the one part which contains poison… Continue Reading →

How to Deal with Lyme Skeptics and Get the Support You Need

This post was originally published on this siteby Jenny Lelwica Buttacio Posted 6/27/19 We’ve all heard the saying before: Lyme disease is an invisible illness. Which means most people can’t tell how much we’re struggling by merely looking at us…. Continue Reading →

How to Cope with a Job When You Have Lyme Disease

This post was originally published on this siteby Jenny Lelwica Buttacio Posted 6/13/19 A diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease (or any other chronic illness) can rattle the stability and security of every aspect of your life — including your ability… Continue Reading →

Lyme Disease in Children: How to Navigate Symptoms, Testing, and Treatment

This post was originally published on this siteby Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio Posted 5/31/19 “It was all very scary,” says Dorothy Leland, recalling the months leading up to her daughter Rachel’s diagnosis of Lyme disease. “We saw our child disintegrating before… Continue Reading →

7 Steps to Prevent Lyme + Other Tick-Borne Diseases

This post was originally published on this siteby Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio Posted 4/17/19 Each year, as summer approaches, a specific image circulates across social media platforms to serve as a warning to people to be on the lookout for ticks… Continue Reading →

When Lyme Hurts Your Heart: Warning Signs + Solutions

by Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio Posted 3/8/19 Ryan Stewart, a speech-language pathologist (SLP) in Virginia, developed a strange set of symptoms in 2009 that baffled one doctor after another. Included among those symptoms were a racing heartbeat following minimal physical exertion,… Continue Reading →

How to Exercise with Chronic Illness (And When You Shouldn’t)

by Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio, OTR/L Posted 2/7/19 If you have a chronic illness that’s characterized by a slew of mysterious symptoms like fatigue and pain (Lyme, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia), you’ve probably been told by some medical expert that… Continue Reading →

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