Journey Through Challenge - LETTERS P. 3 - Sayre, PA
        THROUGH CHALLENGE - A Journey Through Lyme Disease
 Hello All,
This is a letter that I sent to our leaders back in February with just a couple corrections and changes.
I am updating my outlook of the Lyme and disease issues as I see them. I realize the importance of not scaring the public into total fear of Lyme and we Lyme community's are not here to do that. There seems to be a fear of Lyme out there that should be more concern than fear. Education is coming and science is moving along. But that takes time and money. So while this Tick related issue kills and destroys lives well over the Cancer, Aids, Heart Disease, put together. We should be talking about this issue as we have some good material to start with.
I think as we move into more knowledge of this epidemic, this amendment being looked at by the Pa. leaders will serve as a good tool to start educating our parents and teachers to recognize possible flare ups/attacks of Lyme and or related tick born diseases. I feel every teacher should receive two brochures from (ILADS) International Lyme and Associated diseases Society, the National Lyme Disease Association. 1. The ABC's of Lyme Disease 2. Lyme{R}Primer along with Tick Identification cards. Also a grou knowledgeable Lyme literate advocates, with approval can start educating these medical professionals, parents, teachers, school nurses, first respondents, of the early, subtle, changes that takes place in a non-diagnosed Lyme child's manner. This is important and should be moved on while the Pa. Lyme Resource network evaluates this new Lyme task force Report. It is a good report that I can see so far. But politics and study take time. Implementation takes time. In the meantime our communities are taking a great non-diagnosed hit with Lyme and Tick Borne related diseases. My experience is that teachers want to know. This is a minimal session that can be fitted in before or after school. We are for the most part not teachers but with the supervision of teachers. We can get the word out. There is a reason to be concerned for our children on the playground. There should not be a call to pull our children of the playground. Lyme Literate Education and Lyme Literate Medical Professionals (LLMD's) are the best weapon against Lyme that is going at this time. LLMD's are far and few between at this time.
As I work with my Through Challenge program at  I feel we can help curb this epidemic now with education and talk. With we will get there. This note is my words and opinion only.
David R Thomas
Lyme Advocate


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