Families, Doctors Torn Over Lyme Disease
Excerpted from CBS Minnesota: (08/19/2013)
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Cabin country in Minnesota and western Wisconsin is considered ground zero for one of the fastest growing infectious diseases: Lyme disease.
Cases in both states are among the highest in the country, but the controversy surrounding how to treat the tick-borne disease is growing. It’s torn families apart and pit patients against mainstream medicine.
Looking down at a pile of medications, Tracie Young feels frustrated.
“This is what allows me to have a life and to be with my kids,” she said.
Young’s medical story begins long before her life as a mother. As a baby herself, complications from heart surgery cost Tracie her right arm. She had no idea she’d face an even bigger health challenge years later.
“It just seemed like she was always sick,” said Tracie’s mom, Barb Derosier.
Growing up in Brainerd, playing outside was a part of life, but Tracie always felt tired and run down, never quite able to keep up with the other kids.
“It’s like we were never totally believed,” Derosier said.
For more plus the video: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/08/19/families-doctors-torn-over-lyme-disease/