What is the Lyme Disease Challenge?

As you know, May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and we encourage you to participate!

One of my favorite ways to get involved is doing the Lyme Disease Challenge.

Lyme Disease Challenge Photo
Me doing the Lyme Disease Challenge (Source: Jeff Clements Photography). Lyme Disease has 6 times more new cases each year than HIV/AIDS, yet it receives less than 1% of the funding.

I took the Lyme Disease Challenge when I was at my sickest– 89 lbs, POTS heavy, chest pains, nerve pain, joint pain, weakness, extreme fatigue, nausea and vomiting, twitches, brain fog, organ failure, daily fevers, heart palps, vision impairment, headaches (like hit-by-a-truck headaches), and a long list of other symptoms.

Not only was I able to participate, but I was lucky enough to have the best people in the world (my parents) participate while doing our favorite activity: hiking (makes sense).

parents doing lyme disease challenge
My parents participating in the Lyme Disease Challenge.

As you can tell from these photographs, the Lyme Disease Challenge is an easy way to spread Lyme disease awareness!

Here’s what you do:

  • Take a picture or video of you biting into a lime
  • Share info on Lyme disease in your picture, video or tweet
  • Challenge someone else to do it
  • Use the hashtage #LymeDiseaseChallenge

Now it’s your turn! Participate in the Lyme Disease Challenge, use the hashtag #LymeDiseaseChallenge and tweet us @patientworthy! We’ll retweet your awesomeness.

Jessica Gladwell

Jessica Gladwell

Jessica Gladwell is one of PW's consultants and patient editors. She has lived with late-stage, chronic Lyme and POTS since circa 2002. She has also served as a caregiver to close family members with late-stage, chronic Lyme. Before diagnosis, she served as a business consultant for a large corporation and PM for a small digital branding agency. Now, she is proactive in the rare and neurological disease community, spreading awareness and advising on matters of health and lifestyle when living with a chronic illness.

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