A Teen With Lyme Will Be On ABC’s 20/20 this Friday

15 May

Teen With Lyme On 20/20

Elaina, a teen who suffers from Chronic Lyme disease will be on 20/20 (ABC) this coming Friday. Please make sure to tune in or record it and let’s all show her our support. This may be a great episode to show those family members who do not believe in Lyme or who have no idea what Lyme is. Maybe they will see just what we go through. I am happy to see a big show like 20/20 doing a story on Lyme.

The story will air Friday at 10pm (check your local listings). They are doing a special on kids with hard to explain illnesses.

**If you cannot record the show or may not be awake at that time then you can visit the ABC web site and catch  full episodes of 20/20. There may also be an app for your phone or iPad to watch the show on.

 

Click HERE to visit ABC’s 20/20 full episodes.

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http://abc.go.com/watch/2020/SH559026/VD55204215/2020-518-medical-mysteries

(Now Available to watch: Full Episode from ABC Player)

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Click HERE to view Elaina’s blog

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From Elaina’s Blog:

New Hampshire, United States
Introduction I am a chronic Lyme sufferer, reaching out to educate others. Maybe I’ll be a doctor someday, but for now I’ll raise awareness and keep my sights on being a great advocate and public speaker :-)

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8 Responses to “A Teen With Lyme Will Be On ABC’s 20/20 this Friday”

  1. Kristen Bilger May 16, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    I am so glad to finally see some positive things coming out about lyme. If any one had any clue what we truely go through every day of our lives, those of us who have it chronically , you would be surprised how we even get up each n every day. I can only hope someday doctors and insurances will recognize this awful debilitating disease for what it really is and help us.

  2. Dolores Claesson May 16, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    ‘Lymies…I would get all these tests…Western Blot for Borrelia, also test for Borrelia hermsii, and Babesia duncani and microti and Quest can test for duncani, Bartonella henselae and quintana, Brucella, Tularemia, Coxiella burnetti or Q fever, many rickettsias ie Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Typhus, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, EBV, CMV, all Coxsackie viruses, and now Powassan virus …and its cousin Deer Tick Virus, HSV 1 and 2, HHV 1-8 if available. Parvovirus B -19 papillomaviruses, Toxoplasmosis, Chlamydias and Mycoplasmas and get genetic tests for hypercoagulation like Mthfr and Factor V leiden, and test all your IgG subclasses 1-4, and CD 57 and C3a and C4a and CBS mutations and HPU/KPU and mold testing since so many of us have issues with mold. ECP or eoisonophil cationic protein seems to suggest to docs that you have babesia. Also transfer growth factor b-1 and Beta Strep. High CD 57 counts may be associated with Beta Strep. Heavy metals have a part in this and we are low in Secosteroid D or vitamin D and some are low in Potassium and others iron. Many are deficient in all amino acids. Our hormones are a mess and the whole HPA Hypothalmic pituitary axis is the problem. We can have probs with our adrenals and thryoid…we do not convert T4 to T3 and in my case I have high reverse T3 or rT3. We are quite low in testosterone as well. Check out every hormone in your body, amino acids and vitamins and minerals. There are over 100 viruses we can get from a tick and also many parasites. The labs that insurance covers can’t find a parasite when we can see it under the microscope. Quest at Nichols Institute in Valencia California can culture samples and might even be able to distinguish Brucella suis from melitensis or arbortus. We also need an MRI of our brain with and without contrast. Many lymies are showing up with pituitary adenomas and pheomchromocytomas. Make sure that you do not have these. I have spent years trying to figure out what is in us and so far this is what I have seen. Unfortunately when your physician may take years to order all the necessary tests. Make sure you get tested sooner rather than later. One more thing …..you may get tested for Brucella today and 2 years from now may show up IgM positive. The immune system is overwhelmed with all these pathogens. Lyme is quite a myriad of problems/pathogens and all need to be addressed.

    • Kimberly Swinney May 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      Would love to get in contact with you, I am a fellow lyme disease sufferer!!

      • 49erBry May 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

        Hi Kimberley, you can contact me via facebook (https://www.facebook.com/49erBry) or at my email address. I won’t publicist it for fear of spam. Would love to hear your story.

    • 49erBry May 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

      Thank you Dolores for the plethora of useful information. This is the type of information my cognitive issues will not allow me to write or remember. I am always thankful for people like you who have all the good information to share about Lyme awareness.

    • Teresa May 18, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      Its overwhelming, but thanks so much for all the hard work put into this and posting for all of us. You are wonderful. Teresa

      • 49erBry May 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm #

        You’re welcome and thank you. :)

  3. Dolores Claesson May 16, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    http://www.avma.org/public_health/zoonotic_risks/hunters_precautions.asp
    Vets have info on pathogens that hunters and outdoor enthusiasts can get.

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