Lyme Awareness of
"Together we can make a difference"
test negative? You may still have Lyme disease...
People ask why is it so hard to be properly
diagnosed and then treated for Lyme disease? It's because testing is poor and
often turns out negative when in fact a patient is positive for Lyme.
Without early treatment Lyme can become very serious and infect every part of
the body. It will be through advocacy and legislation that our circumstances
will change and with the advocacy of organizations on the front lines of
tick-borne illnesses. Our primary care doctors are being told Lyme is hard to
get and easy to treat. It is our hope physician education will improve and
through the work of the organizations listed below those suffering will have
resources to finding better testing and treatment options.
Prevention is key
but for those who are already infected consider checking out our resource links
to learn how you can educate yourself and find a specialist who understands tick borne diseases.
S.L.A.M. is located in central Massachusetts and is committed to raising
awareness of Chronic Lyme disease. According to
the CDC over 300,000 people a year are now affected with Lyme disease and the
co-infections that are associated with tick-borne diseases. The CDC estimates
only 10% of actual cases are ever reported. Lyme should be considered as a
differential diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, MS, ALS, Parkinson's, Autism, Neurologic
disorders, Psychological issues and other diseases not
responding to standard treatment.
Currently our Lyme
literate doctors are few and far between. These doctors, however, are our key
to being properly tested for Lyme and the co-infections that might be
making you ill. They are our only hope for up to date treatment of Lyme and
TBD's. We can help you find one. Check out our Mission/Resources page!
S.L.A.M. works to raise awareness of Lyme and tick borne illnesses and works in support of State and Federal legislation that is
supported by the Lyme community. We ask that you contact your state
legislators to tell you story. Every voice counts!
S.L.A.M. is host
to a monthly support group "Tick Talk" which is open to lyme sufferers and
their family members. Please see our calendar page for dates and times or
Deval Patrick has signed a Proclamation declaring the month of May as "Lyme
Disease Awareness Month" in response to S.L.A.M.'s request. Thank you Governor!
S.L.A.M. has received citations from both the Senate and House of
Representatives for their work in Lyme disease awareness! Thank you to Senator
Brewer and Representative Todd Smola for your support and