Elevating Tick Awareness in Colorado Colorado widely denies the existence of Lyme disease both as an endemic issue and in the many people who live here.

By Monica White

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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2 Reader Comments

  1. My 26 year-old daughter was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease about 8 years ago and has been told numerous times that she probably contracted Lyme when she first started experience migraines when she was 5 years old – when we lived in Denver! We have been living in Charlottesville, VA since 2003 and the move, which was particularly difficult for my daughter, seems to have triggered an escalation of her symptoms. We finally have her in a clinical trial for UV-IV in northern Virginia and are beginning to see positive results from her blood tests. She doesn’t feel better because the treatment causes flares, but that in itself is suggestive that the treatment is working and that she’s “just” herxing. Thanks for getting the word out in Colorado – this is a devastating disease that too many people don’t even know exists.

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