6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Midcoast Hospital (Conference Rooms 1&2)
123 Medical Center
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Families Touched by Lyme
The Gilbert’s journey with Lyme disease began over 25 years ago, although Angela wasn’t diagnosed until after their first son was born. It was then that they learned Angela had passed Lyme onto their son in utero. When their second son was born and he too was diagnosed with Lyme, they were faced with no choice but to move to Connecticut for nine months to receive daily intravenous antibiotic treatment for their boys.
The Nelson’s journey with Lyme went many years undiagnosed while their daughter, Elizabeth, faced many medical challenges beginning from birth. As many childhood illness were ruled out, Elizabeth’s health continue to diminish until July of 2010 when after eight days of her extreme flu-like symptoms and two trips to the ER, her mother insisted she be tested for Lyme Disease. And the results were positive. Ironically, after years of focusing on their daughter, Kerry and Albert began facing their own health issues and in 2015, both tested positive for Lyme Disease and co-infections.
These family’s journies encompass not only Lyme Disease and associated tick borne infections but also psychiatric manifestations such as depression, paranoia and anxiety, as well as autism and ADHD. It’s a story of patience, faith, hope, undying love, and resiliency beyond what they ever believed was possible.
Join Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education (MLDSE, a nonprofit org) on Wednesday, November 4 from 6-8pm at Midcoast Hospital at 123 Medical Center in Brunswick, Maine as these two families share their stories of courage and hope in a complex journey of unknowns.
Angela holds her Masters in Social work and is a crisis clinician at Tri-County Mental Health in Lewiston. She and her husband, Aaron, and their three children, Noah(10), Elijah(4) and Jordyn(3) live in Brunswick, Maine.
Kerry is a retired business owner who has been an active volunteer in her local hisotrical societies. She and her husband, Albert, live in West Bath with their daughter, Elizabeth(19).
For more information about Lyme Disease, MLDSE or the support meetings, please contact Paula Jackson Jones (207) 446-6447 Angele Rice (207) 841-8757 or visit our website: www.midcoastlymediseasesupport.blogspot.com
Midcoast Hospital (conference rooms 1&2)
123 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick