Karen Owen, CTV Calgary Published Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1:39PM MDT
One tiny tick can ruin a life.
Lyme disease is caused by a bite from an infected blacklegged tick. The bite itself can go unnoticed, but the disease can be difficult to ignore.
Many Canadians, who are seriously ill, believe Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed and under-treated in this country.
They are hoping a private member’s bill could help bring the situation to light and result in a national strategy, of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May is behind Bill C-422 and she says “this bill represents the first ray of light for many who have been suffering for years.”
Nelson Gourlay has Lyme disease. He says the bill is “a step in the right direction, even if it just gets awareness out. Yes, Lyme is in Canada.”
Gourlay searched for years for a diagnosis that would explain a long list of symptoms, including excruciating pain and unrelenting fatigue.
Gourlay finally received confirmation