A Must Read Book for All Parents
This is a bit of a departure from our usual marketing topics, but it’s an important issue so I’m going to raise it here.
I’m not a doctor, nor a medical researcher. But I am a parent who’s been fighting for the life of my teenage daughter who has now been diagnosed with Lyme Disease + 2 co-infections. I have a biology degree and have been through a lot of illnesses myself, but I’ve never seen anything like the story of Lyme.
The CDC estimates there are over 200,000 new cases of Lyme Disease each year in the US. That’s epidemic proportions. Yet most people have no idea how devastating the disease is if it isn’t caught in the first week or two. Muscle pain, bone pain, joint pain, headaches, insomnia, vision problems, diminished cognitive processing…these are just a few of the symptoms. Yet at least half of all people infected never get the tell-tale bulls-eye rash. So the disease goes undiagnosed for weeks, months, and for many, like my daughter, years.
The new book Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic, is a must-read for everyone, but especially for parents. It is a fact-based narrative that tells it like it is, from the political in-fighting in the medical community to the important research that’s not getting the attention it should. And the stories it tells about those infected with Lyme are mesmerizing.
For those affected by Lyme, we fight for a diagnosis, then we fight for treatment. If my family wasn’t living this story ourselves, I’d think this was a Stephen King novel.