Tsawwassen resident Karen Marchand says she used to pride herself on being a healthy person, but all that changed a few years ago.
In late 2008, she began suffering from a range of symptoms – back pain as well as ear and throat infections.
“Just all these things started happening,” she says.
Then, in January 2009, she ended up in the hospital with extreme pain in her head, neck and abdomen.
Marchand says she was given a battery of tests but doctors were unable to pinpoint the cause of her pain.
Over the years, she endured a myriad of painful and debilitating symptoms, and visited numerous doctors, clinics and specialists.
No one was able to tell her what was causing her symptoms. She says she was told the problem was all in her head, to go home and do yoga.
“Eventually I consulted with a naturopath who diagnosed me with Lyme disease and additional co-infections,” she says.
May is Lyme Awareness Month and Marchand is organizing a workshop to help bring awareness to the disease.