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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When Sharing, is NOT Caring. PSA

Pretty much everyone with an internet connection uses social media. Day in and day out, we are inundated with memes. Some thoughtful, inspirational, or just plain hilarious, and others thought provoking, or informational.

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Soapbox Rant #2 – A History Lesson –

“To sit home, read one’s favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men’s doing.” -Theodore Roosevelt –

Confession: I love Ken Burns’ Documentaries.  There are 31 in total, with 3 more in production. A fact I did not know until just now.

Last night, I watched “The Roosevelts“.  (Let’s talk about “Teddy”)

We, here now, did not live through Theodore Roosevelt’s Presidency, and later political adventures, so the most we got was a blurb about him in history class, which was totally meaningless. There is no reference point, nothing to clue us in on the “person” himself. (Understanding the man/woman’s roots in any situation is essential to understanding them, and their ideals.)

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Roosevelt?

Have you even heard that name before now?

Teddy Roosevelt was born in 1858, to an affluent family in NYC. He was frail, and sickly in his youth, but spurred on by his father, (and against doctor’s advice) developed his strength through gymnastics, and weightlifting in during his teens.

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Teddy – age 11

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Kratom: Wonder Leaf, or Deadly Crutch? A Review of “A Leaf of Faith”.

In “A Leaf of Faith”, Chris, who struggles with chronic pain, and addiction on a daily basis, delves into the Kratom debate.  His interviews with doctors, scientists, and politicians, on both sides of the debate, are thought provoking,

I have a terrible head cold, so last night, I was scrolling through Netflix, and found a documentary with an interesting name: “A Leaf of Faith”. I had no idea what it was about, it is a new release, and I saw the word “Kratom” in the description. Discussions about the use of Kratom have been popping up all over, and when something like this comes along, I have to know more.  Continue reading “Kratom: Wonder Leaf, or Deadly Crutch? A Review of “A Leaf of Faith”.”

This really “bugs” me…

In this information age, it is a daunting task to sift through all of the misinformation out there. Even seemingly small things, such as calling a tick a “Lyme Tick”, or assuming that only Dog ticks feast on dogs…SMH… can result in confusion, causing people to put off seeing a doctor, under the assumption that there is no risk.

If you have Lyme Disease, or any vector borne illness, you already know how difficult it is to be properly diagnosed, and treated. You have most likely been ridiculed, dismissed, or labeled “nuts”. Chances are, you have been told that your test results showed a false positive result, or, that there is no such disease in the area you live in.

This lack of concern, and denial, often results in chronic conditions, and a lifetime of pain.

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Blog post share: “Chronically Resilient”

*Note from A Chronic Voice: Angela and I met at a party through our ex-boyfriends (talk about how life goes ), and I never knew that she suffered from chronic illness too. She was living overseas – which can be especially tough for a spoonie! – and seemed so outgoing. After I started this blog,…

via I May be Chronically Ill, but I’m Also Chronically Resilient — A Chronic Voice

Featured Site: Lyme Warrior

Lyme Warrior is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization fighting to bring awareness and support to the sufferers of the silent, debilitating epidemic of Lyme Disease. Proceeds fund Lyme Disease research, awareness campaigns, and impoverished Lyme Warriors.”-LW Mission Statement

The President, and Founder of Lyme Warrior, Lauren Lovejoy, and her team of volunteers, work tirelessly, to spread awareness of this insidious disease, the many pitfalls that sufferers face, and the lack of proper testing, and treatment. Despite having Lyme themselves, and many of them being home, or bed-bound, the team works together through social media, telephone, and email, to accomplish their goals.

The Lyme Warrior website contains a wealth of information about the disease itself, tips to avoid ticks, and treatment options.

Fundraising is a large part of their focus. The funds raised are donated to various research organizations, and also to individual Lyme sufferers who need help. They have put together promotions such as “Ink to end Lyme Disease“, and sell “Lyme Warrior” apparel, which not only raise funds for the non-profit, but also help to increase awareness world-wide.

If you, or someone you know has Lyme Disease, please visit the Lyme Warrior site, and check out all that they have to offer the Lyme community. If you are able, please donate, volunteer, or purchase a Lyme Warrior product.

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