Lyme disease ‘physically, emotionally and financially devastating,’ man says

Excerpted from  the  ( Posted: 07/05/2011 ) 

 1989, a doctor published an article in the Toronto Star saying if we don’t deal with Lyme disease now, it is going to become an epidemic.

But to James Christie of Newmarket, the founder of Cycle for Lyme, the fact that doctors in this country still don’t acknowledge its existence is a worse blow.

“Lyme disease was discovered in 1976, it’s 35 years old and these (Canadian) doctors don’t know a thing about it,” said Christie during an interview with The Recorder and Times.

Christie was 25 years old when he was bitten by a tick infected with Lyme disease while vacationing in Lawrence, Massachusetts in July, 1989.

After 19 years of constant illness and deteriorating health, he discovered he had Lyme disease, versus one of many other misdiagnoses such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, being mentally unstable and numerous accusations including insurance scammer and narcotics addict, as he was told by doctors in Canada.

“It’s been 22 years of hell,” said Christie. “The misdiagnosis of Lyme disease is physically, emotionally and financially devastating on the people infected, as well as the families living with an infected person. This disease has cost my wife and I at least $850,000 to date.”

Christie provided the explanation that the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons board does not have a Lyme disease treatment within its guidelines. Because of that, doctors who do try to provide the long-term antibiotics required to treat the disease would face a license suspension.

Canadians, including Christie, are forced to seek treatment in the United States for Lyme disease, which costs them hundreds of thousands of dollars, Christie said.

And since May 21, Christie has been cycling through areas where people have already been infected with Lyme disease, including Brockville, to raise awareness that the disease that does exist in Ontario.

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~ by Rob on July 15, 2011.

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