About Us

Here is the shortened version of why we started the Howard County Lyme Awareness group:

I was bit by a tick in 2007 and treated with 10 days of antibiotics and thought like most illnesses – that I was cured. But, after only a few months I started developing symptoms that doctors couldn’t figure out and then misdiagnosed several times – which allowed the disease to become multisystemic (affecting my nervous, lymphatic, circulatory, and immune systems ). I was diagnosed with both Attention Deficit Disorder (LOL!- since I’ve never had attention problems in my life and went straight through to a Master’s degree) and Multiple Sclerosis- which show very similar lesions in the brain as Lyme does. I had seen not only a great Primary Care doctor, but also a Psychologist for testing, a Neurologist, a Cardiologist, and a Back/Spine Specialist before the Neurologist figured out it could be Late Stage Lyme disease. However, none of those doctors knew much about Lyme, symptoms, or how to provide treatment without treating me like it was a quick fix after allowing it to grow for 4 years without proper intervention. Finally, I saw a Lyme literate medical doctor, spent two months on IV medications and 2 years of oral antibiotics,  through so many ups and downs and then herbal/botanical tinctures until finally recovering about 90%.

This disease really hit home when both my boys (ages 9 & 11 yrs. old) also acquired it as well at a cub scout camping trip last summer. I went through so much with this crazy disease and then this year I watched my boys become affected emotionally, physically, and mentally as it started reaching multisystems in their bodies and minds as well. So, our entire family (my husband as well) were all on medications which has definitely provided relief and results. As we went through this medical nightmare, I learned of so many people, like my neighbor two doors away, our dental hygenist, friends of friends, public library staff, several church families, PTA members, and many more who suffered at the hands of the tick bite. So, in response to all of this, I started the Howard County Lyme Awareness group in an effort to help bring awareness to the general public about this disease and most importantly help prevent others (especially children) from getting this and other tick borne illnesses.
~Kandice Dickover, Founder of Howard County Lyme Awareness group

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Michele Hinde on June 15, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Kandice, you are so brave for sharing your experience! We admire your courage! We really appreciate your diligent efforts to raise awareness and encourage prevention. The information you have provided to everyone is priceless. Thank you so much!

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  2. Posted by Wendy-Lou on November 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Your site is SO helpful! i have sent the link out to people i know in hopes to spread the word on this terrible disease and to educate those who need it! God Bless you and your family.

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