Sitten hän luki miehestä joka oli diagnosoitu virheellisesti ja sai vasta myöhemmin huomata sairastavansa borrelioosia. Poland meni borrelioosiin erikoistuneen lääkärin vastaaotolle kahden 15-vuotiaan lapsensa kanssa, joilla oli samanlaisia oireita kuin äidillään. Yksinkertainen DNA-testi osoitti kaikkien sairastavan borrelioosia. Kaikki aloittivat voimakkaan antibioottihoidon, probiootit, yrtit, vitamiinit ja mineraalit, ja alkoivat voida paremmin. Poland kertoi saaneensa elämänsä takaisin. Hän on nyt perustanut tukiryhmän borrelioosiin sairastuneille. Hän on keskutellut lukuisien ihmisten kanssa ja huomannut ettei tietoa ole riittävästi. Monet sairastuneista ovat menettäneet työnsä, avioliitot ovat rikkoutuneet jne. sen vuoksi etteivät sairastuneet ole saaneet oikeata diagnoosia.
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Lyme disease sufferer starts support group
By Leslie H. Dixon , Staff Writer
Saturday, May 12, 2007
NORWAY - Seventeen years after Woodstock resident Tracy Poland was tested for everything from a brain tumor to colon cancer, she had her answer. She has Lyme disease.
Now, she wants to share her story and information with others by establishing a support group. The first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Fare Share Market on Main Street in Norway.
"In my mind, there is no question. This disease is huge," said Poland, who traces the onset of her disease to 17 years ago when, after sitting under an apple tree in Waterford, she broke out in a welted rash followed by flulike symptoms. "Little did I know what I was in for," she said.
For the next 16 years, Poland went from doctor to doctor, none of whom could find anything wrong with her. She was put on antidepressants, and although family and friends were initially supportive, some finally tired of hearing her complain and told her she was a hypochondriac or lazy.
Poland said she tried diets, exercise, polarity, massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and even paid hundreds of dollars to have all the mercury taken out of her teeth in hopes of finding out why she was so sick all the time. Nothing worked.
Her own research led her time and time again back to Lyme disease, but two tests had come back negative.
Then she read a story about a man who had been misdiagnosed and later found he had Lyme disease. He shared the name of his specialist with Poland and within three weeks she and her two 15-year-old twins, who showed similar symptoms, were all diagnosed with Lyme disease by a simple DNA test.
Within three months of being put on a heavy regiment of antibiotics and probiotics, herbs, vitamins and minerals she said she began to see improvement. She had her life back.
"I've talked to over 150 people who have same stories I have," said Poland who has heard stories of divorces, job loss and many other results of not being properly diagnosed. "There is no information on where to go."
Poland is hoping the support group will continue to grow and that doctors, insurance companies and legislators take the issue more seriously.
"There's a huge need," she said.
Anyone who is interested in more information may phone Poland at 674-3781. The meetings will be held every other Tuesday evening.