Frederick woman shares her personal story and struggle with Lyme disease

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May is Lyme Disease Awareness month and a local woman who had a personal struggle with the disease is working to educate people in the community about preventative methods.

Christina Murphy is a Lyme disease educator who takes the “boots on the ground” approach of spreading the word on the disease. This started in 2009 when she became bedridden after being sick and after seeing countless doctors she finally found the problem.

“Regular doctors didn’t want to see me we had to find Lyme literate doctors who would deal with the different types of symptoms that I have” says Christina Murphy, Lyme disease educator.

Now Murphy has a non-profit called Can Do with Lyme. Lyme disease can imitate many different diseases. After being bitten by a tick, one of the signs is having a high fever. However, high fever can be easily mistaken by a cold.  And this is one of the reasons Murphy feels the need to share what she’s been through.

“Lyme is different for each person there is no one basic symptom that covers everyone” says Murphy.

Prevention is key and it’s important to follow proper steps if you plan to spend time outdoors. Dr. Nancy Fox says children between the ages of 5 to 16 are at higher risk so she wrote children’s books and created a curriculum for schools to teach kids about the silent disease.

“What we would like to do is see that that curriculum gets into schools all over the state of Maryland and actually throughout the county” says Dr. Nancy Fox, National Capital Lyme Disease Association educational consultant.

Both women having such a personal struggle with the disease say they are now able to move past the bad and into the good by education.

Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, and applying pesticides.

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