Families Find a New PAL in the Fight Against Lyme

by John McCormick

When my son Will was 10, he rolled out of bed one morning limping and complaining of painful, swollen knees. In the days that followed, he suffered from headaches and fever, disorientation and fatigue. We contacted our physician, who suspected Lyme disease and immediately ordered tests.

Will’s tests came back positive for Lyme. My wife and I were surprised, as we had no warning. We’d never seen a tick or a bite mark on our son, let alone one of those tell-tale bulls-eye rashes.

We dedicated ourselves to learning more about Lyme disease and its treatment, and spent hours combing through the often conflicting literature. We spared no expense diagnosing and treating Will’s disease, including going to a specialist who started Will on a lengthy course of antibiotics.

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