Who supports Lyme Disease Education? THESE GUYS – LOYOLA NEW ORLEANS DNP STUDENTS!


Spring Intensive LOYOLA NEW ORLEANS DNP Students rise to the challenge and TAKE A BITE OUT OF LYME DISEASE!

This spring (2015), while attending the annual Loyola New Orleans DNP program intensives, I said to myself perhaps I should give a little talk to my peers about Lyme Disease. The previous January 2014, I had made the heart wrenching decision to with draw from the BSN to DNP program. Lyme disease awareness has become my passion and I take/create every opportunity I can to speak about it. Being knocked out of the program for a year to work on first identifying what was wrong with me and then finding health care professionals who cared enough to help me heal has been very inspiring. My little informal talk, turned into everyone who was in attendance from multiple co-horts taking a bite out of LYME and participating in the 2015 Lyme Disease Awareness Challenge.


About Lyme Lives EveryWhere

Angola Inmate Hospice volunteers taught me to trust God and the power of forgiveness. I have always been fascinated by how people 'discover' their gifts/callings. As a coping mechanism for a complicated home life; I liked to run outdoors regardless the weather. After University my running was curtailed due to mystery ailments that would flare up on-and-off for decades. Intuitively, I have been soaking in epsom salt baths ever since I became a runner. Perhaps that is what kept my immune system functioning for so long. In 2005, my mystery ailments returned. After a decade of suffering and symptom flare ups, I was told by health care practitioners to learn to live with what was ailing me. In 2013, my immune system shut down and resulted in a health crisis; ultimately saving my life. Tired of being sick and tired, by divine intervention I found an amazing advocate in Dr. Amanda Lea; an osteopathic physician in Zachary Louisiana. Two days before I found her, a friend put me on her church prayer list as I searched for answers. Dr. Lea was setting up a new practice and worked me in the day after the prayer chain started. She listened to my health history uninterrupted for 45 minutes. After my diagnosis, I went to see a Lyme experienced MD, the head of infectious disease at a large hospital in New Orleans. She opened the office door, walked in and proclaimed that "Lyme disease does not exist in Louisiana". That day my passion for Lyme awareness, education and advocacy was revealed to me.
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