House Backs Lyme Disease Coverage in Massachusetts

It’s a step in the right direction in one state! Read more about how insurers in Massachusetts would receive a new mandate to cover long-term antibiotic therapy for the treatment of Lyme disease under an amendment the House adopted in its $39.5 billion budget bill.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20160429/NEWS/160429069

Chronic Lyme in the Cross Hairs

Chronic Lyme in the Crosshairs

Why do some people with Lyme disease go on to suffer a lifetime of debilitating symptoms? John Aucott aims to find out.

Lyme & The Law Seminar in Salisbury – 10/26

LYME AND THE LAW – THIS COMING MONDAY IN SALISBURY.  This month’s meeting in Salisbury is an important one to Lyme patients, as we will be exploring the legal side of Lyme disease with speaker Susan R. Green – an attorney from Towson, Maryland who specializes in the legal aspects and legislative actions surrounding Lyme disease.  Topics of discussion will include:

1.  The legislative climate surrounding Lyme and tick-borne diseases in Maryland;

2.  The climate for doctors treating Lyme in Maryland;

3.  Responsibilities of patients to their doctors to help protect them;

4.  What constitutes a good case for medical malpractice or other type of suit by a patient for inadequate health care.

Please share this information and plan to attend this interesting discussion.  The meeting is free and open to the public.

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 26TH at 6:30 p.m.

Greater Salisbury Building (located next to WMDT-TV)

200 Camden Street (not “Avenue”)

downtown Salisbury, Maryland

 

Free parking in the large open-air parking lot next to the Wicomico Free Library.  The Greater Salisbury Building is a gray building across the parking lot from the library.  E-mail us at easternshoremdlyme@yahoo.com or call us at 410-749-LYME for more information.

 

Lyme Disease Could Be a Game Changer in 2016 Elections

Truthout just published an article by Jessica Bernstein with the title above.  They will be passing this onto the campaign managers of all the major candidates so it’s critical that this article gets as many “likes” and “shares” as possible on Facebook to show candidates that Lyme disease is a major issue for constituents. If we can get even one of the major candidates to campaign around Lyme disease it would mean worldwide press for Lyme.

READ THE ARTICLE!

Next Support Group Meeting/Lecture – October 25th

Lyme lecture (Click on flyer to enlarge)

Join us at a different location for this special meeting. All our welcome at this FREE event.

Where: Vitascript Compounding Pharmacy & Nutrition Center – 6345 Woodside Court, Suite 102, Columbia, MD 21044

When: Sunday, October 25th

Time: 3:00- 5:00pm

 

Join us to hear Dr. Lynn Shumake, compounding pharmacist and certified nutritionist, who will teach us how to prevent and manage colds/flu this season for those of us who have Lyme or other chronic illnesses. Dr. Shumake not only understands Lyme and other illness in which the immune system is depressed, but suffered at the hands of Lyme Disease himself. He will outline a plan which includes nutrition, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicines, and physical/psychological planning.

PLEASE R.S.V.P. TO LET US KNOW THAT YOU ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND. R.S.V.P. HERE!

ILADS Lyme guidelines on National Clearinghouse!

The Lyme treatment guidelines developed by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) were posted on September 21st on the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC). They are the first Lyme guidelines which comply with the Institute of Medicine’s new standards for rigorous evidence assessment and patient engagement in the development process. Physicians rely on the NGC for trustworthy evidence-based treatment guidelines. The NGC, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, requires that guidelines meet high quality standards to be accepted for posting.

Why is this important? Because physicians check this website for validated treatment recommendations and now patients can point their doctors there for proof of antibiotic duration (at least 20 days of Doxycycline, etc.).  Read more about them here.

Next Support Group Meeting 9/27

Our next Lyme Support Group meeting is scheduled for Sunday, September 27th from 3-4:30pm.

Our meeting will be held at my home in Columbia, MD near the Howard County Hospital . Please RSVP if you might attend and I’ll be happy to provide my address or directions. If  you’ve been here before, please let me know you are coming as well so I plan enough seating/refreshments.

We will have a light agenda so that we can spend more time getting to know one another and sharing our stories at this meeting.

All our welcome!

Warmly,

Kandice