I was diagnosed on 6/1/09 with Lyme Disease. I got bitten a year 1/2 ago in the beautiful community of San Elijo Hills which is in North county San Diego. I did not realize at the time that I had been bitten by a tick. I thought maybe I had been bitten by a poisonous spider. Recently, I mentioned one of my multiple symptoms to someone and they asked me if I had ever been tested for Lyme. I realized the moment I saw the pictures of the tick bite on the internet that that was what I had. After my test came back positive, I thought, thank God! I now know what I am dealing with and Thank God it's not cancer! One would think it's just a bacteria that you can wipe out like all other bacterium. Even my boyfriend as a physician thought this. I have to admit that since my diagnosis of Lyme I too have made the comment about having cancer instead of Lyme. I immediately thought after saying it that many people would be offended by that statement. My Mother and Father and Uncle all died of cancer. I have seen many people suffer with this horrible disease (cancer). I think the point being made is not that one disease is more painful than the other. It's the fact that even though Lyme disease in the later stages is so powerful that it can shut down your entire system (as cancer can) people look at you as if you are not sick. It's difficult to get time off of work even though you can't get out of bed. Your health insurance won't cover the medication. The people you tell think that it is not a serious illness.
— July 18, 2009 9:50 a.m.

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