In a previous post I discussed my work with Karen Franks, proprietor of the blog Karen’s Lyme Story:
Chances are, you’ve probably heard of Lyme disease. But did you know how truly insidious and complex it is to treat? Or how politicized the process of diagnosis and treatment has become — to the detriment of Lyme sufferers (often ostracized as hypochondriacs) and the dedicated doctors who care for them?
Enter my friend and client, Karen Franks. Karen and I reconnected on Facebook a few years ago, having originally met in high school (more than a few years ago ). She is truly one of the most decent, kind and caring people I’ve ever met, someone who always has a smile on her face no matter how difficult the circumstances.
Until she hired me recently to revamp her site, Karen’s Lyme Story, I had no idea how incredibly difficult her experience with Lyme disease has been. After decades of illness, she’s finally on the road to recovery, mainly due to her determination to find a doctor who could help her. Putting her experience to good use, Karen is now an advocate for Lyme patients, those who care for them, and the courageous medical professionals who treat them – often under a microscope used by skeptical medical colleagues and organizations.
On Tuesday, October 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern, Karen joins me live on Writestream to share her experience with Lyme disease, inform listeners about the complexity of Lyme and other tick-borne infections, and — as she says — help Lyme sufferers “hold on to hope.” Her journey to recovery has been fraught with a multitude of challenges – including finding a Lyme literate doctor with an effective treatment protocol – but Karen persisted and eventually overcame the odds.
Now that she’s made significant strides on the road to wellness, she’s focusing most of her attention on her advocacy work, with a stated goal of helping Lyme sufferers and their loved ones find the answers and the care they need. Part of this effort involves supporting legislation and enlightening the public and the medical community about Lyme disease.
During the live broadcast, we welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the the chat room.
And in the second hour, stay tuned for some public service satire with the Right Wing Riot and the Luminaries of Liberty: Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right and The Prince of Whitebread.
See you on Tuesday, October 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern!