Catherine Kinsella

Healthcare Advancement
Retired RN, BScN

Catherine is a retired registered nurse with over three decades of nursing experience in the ER, cardiology, research, palliative care, Canadian Blood Services, and pain management.

After experiencing neurological Lyme disease in 2013, Catherine became well acquainted with the barriers that many Lyme patients encounter when seeking effective healthcare for persistent Lyme disease. By integrating her nursing experience and her personal encounter with Lyme disease, Catherine has worked as an advocate and educator, and is dedicated to promoting a more comprehensive understanding of Lyme and associated diseases.

In addition to her writing and editing work for CanLyme, Catherine is integral in the delivery of CanLyme initiatives including the Looking at Lyme Podcast and the CanLyme Education Grant Program, supporting clinicians as they work with their patients in finding effective solutions for the treatment of this complex disease.

Catherine Kinsella sits on a bench in the rainforest on the West Coast of Canada.
Dorothy and Rachel Leland stand shoulder to shoulder with their book in the foreground: Finding Resilience: A Teen's Journey Through Lyme Disease.

Finding Resilience: A Teen’s Journey Through Lyme Disease

Jun 6, 20243 min read

Finding Resilience: A Teen’s Journey Through Lyme Disease is a candid and moving account of Rachel Leland’s journey through Lyme disease from…

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Canadian researchers discover tick repelling chemicals secreted by ants

Apr 16, 20241 min read

Researchers from Simon Fraser University have discovered a combination of chemicals secreted by ants that were found to repel ticks. Their discovery…

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New research looks into long Covid and chronic Lyme disease

Mar 1, 20242 min read

Researchers at MIT are thinking outside the box with a new long Covid, chronic Lyme disease study. Dr. Mikki Tal is heading…

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Research priorities of patients with Lyme disease in pregnancy

Feb 13, 20243 min read

This recent Canadian study articulates many of the concerns that Lyme patients have, including the concern that mothers have regarding the transmission…

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Vision loss, giant cell arteritis, and Lyme neuroborreliosis

Feb 7, 20243 min read

This case presentation highlights the importance of considering Lyme disease as a possible cause of vision loss and other neurologic symptoms caused…

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Combination antibiotic therapy for treatment of Lyme disease

Jan 19, 20241 min read

Dr. Monica Embers, Director of Vector-Borne Disease Research at Tulane University, discusses the difference between antibiotic tolerance and resistance in relation to…

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Tick removal kits

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Prevention tips

3 min read
Regular tick checks are a way to check your body for crawling or embedded ticks. Check everywhere including these hotspots.
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Donate now

6 min read
Your donation helps us to fund research and education for health care providers, advance prevention and awareness of Lyme disease – and more.
Illustrations in four panels of how to remove a tick by using tweezers and grabbing way low down near where it's embedded on the skin and pulling straight up, and then washing the skin around where it was embedded.

Tick removal

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If you’ve discovered an embedded tick on yourself or someone else there are a few important things to remember.
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Lyme basics

3 min read
Although it is most commonly associated with a tick bite, many people who have Lyme disease do not recall seeing or feeling a tick bite.
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By taking the right precautions and spreading the word, you can effectively protect yourself, and your family, from Lyme.