The Boston Herald Reports On Chronic Lyme Disease

For those who don’t know, Dr. Steere, the high priest of IDSA, practices out of Mass General which is in the heart of Boston. If you have been lucky enough to have seen “Under Our Skin” you may even recognize the star of this article (by the way, the photo was by Mark Garfinkel): …

For those who don’t know, Dr. Steere, the high priest of IDSA, practices out of Mass General which is in the heart of Boston.

If you have been lucky enough to have seen “Under Our Skin” you may even recognize the star of this article (by the way, the photo was by Mark Garfinkel):

“Bedford Teen in

Fight for Lyme Funds”

After losing a third of her life to Lyme disease, Marlena Connors is eager to catch up with her peers.

She’s working to get her high school diploma and telling people about the six-year health odyssey that began with a red welt the diameter of a grapefruit on her back.

Diagnosed at age 13 with late-stage Lyme disease, Marlena was so sick that she had to leave school and quit ballet. Now 18, she’s mostly healthy.

Marlena and her family, who live in Bedford,

play a significant role in the documentary, “Under Our Skin.” It aims to raise awareness of a disease that some say is woefully misdiagnosed.

The National Capital Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Association will show portions of the film on Capitol Hill during a congressional hearing today on the disease. The national advocacy group and patients – including the Connors – will ask Congress to take another look at Lyme.

It has been more than 15 years since Congress last examined the

disease, and members of the national committee hope that a new review will lead to better diagnostic tools, more research funding, and a stronger push for a cure.

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