Support and Success Stories

January 10, 2018 – Jennifer Mankoff, who experiences extreme fatigue, studies technologies for people with disabilities.

November 28, 2017 – From the author: “I want to spread awareness so that friends, family, employers, coworkers, and health care professionals can better understand chronic illness. My hope is that an increase in awareness will help strengthen relationships, reduce misunderstandings, and improve support systems for those with chronic illness. “

 November 16, 2017 – Cherie Kephart shares the story of her battle against Lyme and how her recovery was not due to one “magic bullet” but a myriad of things over the course of time. For more inspiration, check out Cherie’s book: A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing

October 11, 2017 – “When the Global Lyme Alliance reached out to me to say they wanted to honor me, my first instinct was to say no.  Actually, my first instinct was to run and hide.”

January 10, 2017 – Extensive article outlining the political changes occurring for 2017 that will essentially effect everyone living with Lyme Disease.

October 23, 2017 – “Kyra didn’t know what was happening to her. David still isn’t feeling himself. And Julia hopes one day she will walk again. These are the emotional stories of three people from the tri-state whose lives have been dramatically affected by what their doctors have diagnosed as Lyme disease. All 5 sections of the series listed below.”

Part I — Julia’s Story: Teen’s Health Affected in Fight Over Chronic Lyme 

The life of a Brooklyn teenager who once danced and played sports changed in nearly an instant. Now she takes more than 70 pills a day and is unable to walk as her doctor tries to treat what he calls chronic Lyme, a controversial diagnosis linked to Lyme disease-carrying ticks. Julia’s story is the first in our five-part investigative series. Stefan Holt reports.

Part II — ‘I See a Future for Myself:’ Kyra Overcomes Chronic Lyme Diagnosis

Kyra Lerner tells her story of struggle and recovery after contracting chronic Lyme, a controversial diagnosis linked to Lyme disease-carrying ticks. Kyra’s story is the second in our five-part investigative series. Natalie Pasquarella reports.

Part III — How Scientists Are Working to Understand Lyme Disease 

Scientists are hard at work at creating cures for Lyme Disease. Erica Byfield reports on a Johns Hopkins University research center dedicated to curing the tick-borne illness. This is the third in our five-part series on Lyme disease and the debate over the controversial diagnosis of chronic Lyme.

Part IV — Invasive Plant Could Be Contributing to Tri-State Diagnoses

Japanese barberry, an invasive plant species banned for sale in New York and Connecticut, could be making an already bad Lyme disease problem in the tri-state worse. Brian Thompson reports in the fourth edition of a five-part series on the fight against Lyme disease.

Part V – Doctors Sound the Alarm

Doctors are sounding the alarms to not only Lyme disease, but other tick-borne illnesses. Stefan Holt reports in the final part of News 4’s 5-part series on the Lyme Wars.

October 30, 2017 – A recap looking at Yolanda Foster’s battle against Lyme disease, highlighting her book “My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease.”

September 26, 2017 – Jennifer Crystal discusses how you can grow from chronic illness trauma and how it can change your life for the better.

September 21, 2017 – “…behind the smiles, the scene was a rare moment of reprieve from a debilitating 14-year fight against a disease which Rob says has transformed his perspective on life, robbed any thoughts of having more children and “inhabited” parts of his wife.”

September 20, 2017- A reflection by Jennifer Crystal on the chronic illness conundrum, when personal illness enters the work place.

September 21, 2017 – A personal reflection by Jacquelyn Golan on her Lyme Disease journey.

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