By Andrea H. Caesar
While she moved to Barrington, Rhode Island, Andrea Caesar used to be an lively, satisfied, vivacious ten-year-old who enjoyed to play kickball and hold from the monkey bars. A yr later, Andrea had hassle catching her breath whereas operating, was once laid low with migraines, and battled consistent muscle aches. Andrea had replaced as somebody; she used to be the child who used to be continuously lacking tuition. even supposing she didn't are aware of it on the time, she had shrunk Borrelia burgdorferi, larger referred to as Lyme disease.
Caesar, who used to be eventually clinically determined at age thirty-six, stocks a uncooked and sincere glance contained in the brain of a girl plagued by therapy in her pursuit of well being. She chronicles her existence from age 11 via her prognosis and next therapy, recalling her feelings as she struggled with Lyme, its signs, and a number of comparable infections—all whereas trying to stay an ordinary lifestyles. pushed by way of her decision to assist others with an analogous disease, Caesar presents info on what labored, what didn't paintings, and why.
A Twist of Lyme stocks the desirable, heart-wrenching tale of a woman’s decades-long conflict with Lyme affliction as she is led through perseverance, braveness, and wish to an eventual prognosis and therapy.
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