How Lyme Disease has Affected a Michigan Family
Suzanne Price and her husband Dan both contracted Lyme Disease in Michigan. They share their story to instill hope and awareness to Michigan families.
When Dan first became ill, they didn’t consider Lyme Disease.
“Lyme wasn’t a thought when Dan became ill because we never saw an official tick bite,” says Suzanne.
“After many tests and bouncing from one confused specialist to another, they all said the same,” continues Suzanne. “‘I know you are sick, but all of your results are telling me you are a healthy young man.’”
After two long and difficult years of no answers, the Prices eventually went to the Borne Clinic in Grand Rapids, where he was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.
One year after Dan was diagnosed, Suzanne started feeling ill and also tested positive for Lyme.
“Our doctor believed I was bitten as well. I went through treatment for a year and have now made a full recovery,” says Suzanne.
Early Detection is Critical
Dan as of recent has recovered from Lyme. However, he is still suffering from the effects of his daily IV antibiotic treatments. How is that? How do two people have such different recovery times?
“Early detection is hugely important,” stresses Suzanne.
“I was diagnosed at 2 months with a recovery time of 1 year. Dan was diagnosed 2 years in. He has suffered much more and is only recently recovering from the damage of Lyme and Lyme treatment.”
Lyme Disease may have impacted both of them, but the Prices still enjoy adventuring – only this time, with a plan.
“I used to be scared of DEET in repellent. Now, I’m much more concerned about ticks,” says Suzanne. “We love the outdoors, hiking, and walks, and we now layer on the bug repellent, wear socks, and long pants.”
The Price family has been slowed down a lot during this process. “But that’s not all bad,” adds Suzanne. “However, Lyme has changed us.” They are now re-discovering how their family best functions in their new season of recovery.
If you know someone with Lyme, you can be a support to families by “letting them know you care,” says Suzanne. “It’s an incredibly awful disease that you can’t see from the outside. This often leaves those struggling with Lyme to feel alone.”
How can we practically express we are here for people dealing with Lyme and show we care? “Take them some food, sit with them, sweep their floors, play with their kids.” suggests Price.
Families Can Have Fun Exploring This Summer
Summers in Michigan are famous. After all, Tim Allen sold it so lovely all over the country with his low and calming voice. I can hear him now saying, “Who can resist long walks on the beach, building a rock memorial on Mackinac Island, riding bikes till the sun goes down, and playing in your backyards until your mom calls you in for the night.” We just need him to add, “And don’t forget to check your clothes for ticks, then hop right into the shower.”
Let’s not wait till “The Tool Man” tells us to do it. Let’s take action on our own and have an amazing summer of exploring greater Kalamazoo!
See you out on the trails – deet in tow.