C olorado widely denies the existence of Lyme disease both as an endemic issue and in the many people who live here. It is a state where doctors have little to no experience or knowledge of Lyme or many other tick-borne infections. As a result, prevention measures, proper tick removal, infection risks, signs, symptoms and treatment of these diseases are unknown by too many people in our region. This lack of awareness has been devastating to my family and to growing numbers of others, making it almost impossible to obtain timely, accurate diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and co-infections.
As a wildlife biologist, I spent the majority of my career working and playing in the mountains of Colorado. However, I lacked the knowledge I needed to keep myself and my family safe and healthy. This is why it became my family’s mission to change how Coloradans view Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
In 2014, my family established Biting Back: Elevating Tick Awareness in Colorado after nearly eight years of battling our multiple undiagnosed and misdiagnosed diseases. Initially, we focused on schools and outdoor education programs to increase tick awareness and safety of children in our small mountain town…… Join or login below to continue reading.
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