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One Response to Lyme victims relate experiences

by Shawn Boreta

I was bitten in 1982, as we hiked along the creek located on Murray Creek Road, San Andreas. I have
had a myriad of symptoms, diagnosis and undiagnosis over the years. I am now 46 years old, and was
formally diagnosed a couple months ago. I was told for years that Lyme didn’t exist in California, especially
where I grew up. I am getting treated for some of my symptoms, but have yet to get relief. The fortunate
thing is I am high-functioning and have been able to maintain a pretty stable life. However, I have also
had years when functioning was an issue. Today, I work a full time job and come home and do very little
else. None of my current treatment is covered by insurance and I don’t see additional treatment as the
cost is outrageous for the alternative medicine.

It is my constant prayer that this enemy that has plagued my physical life, will just go away… twenty-seven
years and counting. I will not see another regular doctor as they tell me there is nothing wrong with me,
or “you look fine” or there is nothing we can do except give you pain pills and anti-inflammatory medications,
or better yet another “guessed” diagnosis, like Lupus, Epstein Barr, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, MS,
and most recently Rheumatoid Arthritis. I don’t want a support group or a counselor, I would, however,
like to see change in the approach by health care providers and insurance comp