Ohioans are ticked off.
What do I mean by that statement? I am talking about Lyme disease awareness and what us Ohioans are dealing with countless men, women and children who are battling to stay alive from this disease and its co-infections.
Many of us are losing the battle, many are committing suicide and many are discouraged, disgusted and just want awareness for the state of Ohio. I myself am an 18-year Lyme disease survivor and Lyme disease advocate who has been busy emailing our House of Representatives for the state of Ohio in support of a Lyme bill that is being drafted for awareness. The CDC has admitted that instead of 30,000 cases it is more like 300,000 cases of Lyme disease and co-infections and climbing.
I would encourage readers to tune in to WYTV Channel 33 at 4 p.m. Oct. 9 and watch Katie Couric interview a Lyme literate medical doctor, Dr. Richard Horowitz, for an informative show on Lyme disease. This week there are scores of Lyme disease patients and caregivers attending a rally in San Francisco to raise awareness of Lyme disease.
As I have mentioned before, thousands of people are reporting Lyme disease symptoms and a debilitating illness that follows after exposure to ticks. If left untreated, Lyme disease can result in neurological and cardiac complications, difficult and ongoing pain and fatigue. While patients are not getting properly diagnosed and treatments started, they suffer in devastating ways. Unfortunately, for thousands of us who went undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, we continue to suffer.
This bill coming out will help prevent future calamities and will make a difference for future patients. Isn't this what we should be striving for, to save lives and to create hope for you and your loved ones?
-- Janet L. DeCesare, author of ''Ticked Off,'' Mineral Ridge