Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Union Fair: August 20-27th

     Today was Senior Citizen Day at the Union Fair and to say that our booth was busy would be an understatement!!
With senior citizens one of the leading age groups for high # of cases of Lyme Disease and with Anaplasmosis and Babesia on the rise here in Maine ~ there were lots of stories, questions and concerns that were met with answers, direction, support options and a newfound sense of hope.
For these seniors to learn that treatment is still an option and that there are Maine doctors who can help them, it was like getting a new lease on life!
My volunteer helper today, Benny Borkowski and I were met at our booth at 10am by a dozen or so folks just waiting for us to open up. As we were setting up, we were flooded with conversations. As we began to address each question and concern, we noticed another crowd layer closing in on us and before we knew it, it was 2p and we had been standing, talking and giving support nonstop since 10a!!
I had a gentleman approach me with my business card in his hand. After he told me the story of his friend who was suffering terribly from Lyme, he looks at my card and asks me if Dana was my husband. When I said Yes, his response was, "GOD bless you for everything that you are doing. I know your family and I know your story. I know what you've been through with your lyme fight and I want you to know that what you're doing is making a difference. GOD bless you for putting yourself out there and being a resource for helping folks" and then he shook my hand and gave me a hug.
People needed to know that they don't have to suffer with these symptoms, that there are Maine doctors who are very knowledgeable about Lyme and tickborne disease ~ diagnosing and treating.
Engaging with these folks, listening to their stories and empowering them with hope and knowledge is beyond words.
That's when hugs and tears say it all <3
If you know someone who is suffering from Lyme and tickborne disease, someone who has been treated but is still sick, someone who is questioning their test results or someone who is struggling to get tested, diagnosed or treated ~ contact us.

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