Activism: Fighting for Lyme Disease Awareness.

Activism.

ac·tiv·ism
ˈaktəˌvizəm/
noun
  1. the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.

For many, the words “activism”, or “activist” conjure up memories of the 1960’s, with peace marches, love-ins, and racial equality at the forefront of most protests. As many know, however, we have a much richer history than the activism of the 1960’s. Our country, and in fact many throughout the world, were built on the results of activism. The selfless acts of protest, picketing, and standing up for each other, has always been the way to get things done, despite the injury, loss of life, or jail time one might face.

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No Solicitors…

One of my pet peeves, is phone solicitation. I hate answering the phone, only to have someone ask me for money. 

…unless you want to be solicited.

One of my pet peeves, is phone solicitation. I hate answering the phone, only to have someone ask me for money.

I don’t have any money. I’m disabled, fighting for SSD, and cannot donate to your cause.

So, this morning, my phone rang.

Me: Hello?

<silence>

Me: Hello?

Her: Hi Jackie? It’s so nice to hear a friendly voice on the other end.

Me: (confused, as the voice sounds like my neighbor) Thank you, who is this?

Her: As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and …..(blah blah blah…I don’t remember what she said, as I was trying to get a word in edgewise.)1marketer

Me: I’m sorry, I am on a limited income, and….(interupted)

Her: Would it be alright if I sent you a form for a small $20.00 donation?

Me: No, I really…(interupted)

Her: Well, these ladies could really use your help…(Blah blah blah, statistics) (I interrupted her.)

Me: I’ll tell you what. I’ll donate to your cause, if you donate to mine. I have Lyme Disease, and there are more than 300,00 new cases each year. Would you like to donate to the (ILADEF) Lyme Disease Foundation? Make-a-Phone-Call-Step-7-Version-2

Her: (awkward pause) Well, how about a $15.00 donation, we could really use your help…

Me: I’m sorry, but as I said, I am disabled. Lyme Disease is a serious condition that receives far less funding than Breast Cancer. I am on a limited income, and cannot donate at this time.

Her: Well…

Me: Goodbye.

“CLICK”

It made my day, that for once, I was able to think quickly on my feet, and throw a pitch back at her.

I hope she tells everyone she knows…LMAO.

Remember: Pitch Lyme, when pitched at! Warriors Unite!!

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The Lyme Disease Challenge.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. There are more than 300 thousand new cases of Lyme Disease each year in the USA alone. This year, at  least in the Northeast USA, we are already reporting higher numbers of ticks, due to a warmer winter.

Lyme Disease is not confined to the US. It is a worldwide pandemic, that is widely denied by health care providers. Ticks, and other insects that carry Lyme Disease, and other pathogens reside on every continent except Antarctica.

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

March on Washington D.C. Every year, those who can, head to Washington D.C. to increase awareness of Lyme Disease, associated infections, and the plight of the sufferers. Please support them, and their cause.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month…

Take a bite out of Lyme.

The easiest way to help the millions of people suffering from Lyme Disease and its related co-infections is to DONATE. Your donations go directly to where it is needed most – from training doctors on a global level, to helping find better diagnosis and treatment options. Your generous gift is vital to helping stop this prolific, debilitating, and often misdiagnosed disease.

The Lyme Community has selected the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) to receive all the proceeds of the campaign. Your donations will go to their non-profit foundation, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Fund (ILADEF). ILADEF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

This selection, affirmed by popular vote, recognized ILADS as the worldwide leader in Lyme education and training for medical professionals.

ILADS promotes understanding of Lyme and associated diseases through research, education and policy. It strongly supports physicians, scientists, researchers and other healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing the standard of care for Lyme and associated diseases.

ILADS’s strategic goals are the following:

1. Improve understanding of Lyme Disease.

2. Review, develop and implement clinical research programs that enhance the management of Lyme and its associated diseases.

3. Advance the standards of care.

4. Review, develop and implement programs for physicians and other healthcare providers support –  including materials, advice and education.

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Let’s play a game…

Please share.

The Lyme Disease Challenge (Featured site)

“The “Take a Bite Out of Lyme Disease” Challenge kicked off in March 2015, and is ongoing. This challenge is both fun AND important.”

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I am sure you have seen countless images of folks biting limes all over the internet, and social media. This is all for a good cause: Lyme disease Awareness, and funding for research to better diagnose and treat Lyme.

Are you in? Great! Then follow the three easy steps below and donate $10. Prefer not to take the bite? That’s okay too! Donate $100 instead. All donations accepted by ILADEF (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society’s 501(c)(3) non-profit educational fund).

1. TAKE A BITE: Bite a lime and TAKE A PHOTO OR A  SHORT VIDEO of the act – the more sourpuss your face, the better (and funnier!).

2. SHARE A FACT: State ONE BRIEF FACT ABOUT LYME DISEASE, such as the facts provided below. You can say them in your video, write them on your photo, or include them in your post. Help us spread the true facts about Lyme Disease!

3. PASS IT ON: Keep the campaign going — CHALLENGE THREE OTHER PEOPLE – your friends, family, whomever! – to take a bite! Mention them in your video or if you do a photo tag them in your post.

Please visit: http://lymediseasechallenge.org/ to take the challenge!

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