Lyme disease: One woman’s mission

Author Laura Piazza of Sunapee, New Hampshire, has chronic Lyme disease, a condition that changed her life, and has her speaking out.

“In light of my experience, including a misdiagnosis, I now strive to arm people with the knowledge they need to keep themselves healthy.”

Laura will give a free educational program about Lyme disease in Sunapee, at the Safety Services building on Sargent Road, on May 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by Abbott Library, will focus on providing usable information about: prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Laura set out to learn all she could about the illness after finally learning, yes, she had Lyme disease. This came after many years of symptoms, confusion and doctor visits.

In late 2010 she published Recipes for Repair: A Lyme Disease Cookbook that she co-authored with her mother Gail Piazza. The whole foods cookbook follows a doctor-written anti-inflammation diet that benefits Lyme patients and those with any inflammatory or auto-immune condition.

Prevention is the best defense

Laura says Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are preventable and now travels the state speaking about her history of misdiagnosis and educating the public with prevention techniques and informing them how the wait-and see approach can have dire consequences.

Lyme disease is the number one infectious disease in the USA, she says.

“Yet medical practitioners and patients harbor many misconceptions around diagnostics and treatments. For example, many doctors around the state will tell you to wait for symptoms, including the infamous bull’s eye rash, and then they’ll prescribe antibiotics.”

“Other doctors, however, will treat, as a preventive measure, with 30 days of antibiotics because they believe the wait-and-see approach is too risky,” Laura added.

“I was not aware that a wait-and-see approach could result in a chronic and difficult-to-treat illness. Looking back, I wish I had known about the different standards of care when it comes to tick-borne illness.”

At the event in Sunapee, Laura will hand out materials about Lyme prevention, answer questions and speak about common concerns, such as: What to do if you find an attached tick.

Laura will also discuss the role of nutrition in battling illness and offer light refreshments from her cookbook, Recipes for Repair. She will have copies available for purchase at a discounted rate and will be donating 10% of the night’s sales to the Library Capital Campaign Fund.

For more info…

>> Go to www.RecipesforRepair.com — for Laura’s prevention tips and news and events.

>> To register for the Sunapee program, visit www.abbottlibrary.org or call 603-763-5513.

One Response

  1. Laura- you are NOT alone. I could go on and on.
    Will
    – a Lyme survivor

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