Happy Tuesday! I’m going off on my own today instead of doing the suggested Top Ten Tuesday theme. May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, and as someone who has been fighting this for nine years it’s something that’s close to my heart. So today’s cover love post has gone green in the name of spreading the word about this debilitating disease.
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Living Lies by Natalie Walters
The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport
Genealogy Mystery / Contemporary & Historical
The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham
Standoff by Patricia Bradley
Fair Trade by Heather Day Gilbert
Emerald Windows by Terri Blackstock
The Butcher’s Daughter by Parker J. Cole
Joys of Juniper by Valerie Comer
To Stand in the Breach by Danielle Grandinetti
Historical Romance Suspense
Southern Fried by Tonya Kappes
A bit more about Lyme Disease while I have you here…
It took me over six years to even find a doctor who would test me for Lyme Disease, and in that time it was able to run rampant through my body, taking my ability to walk unaided, impeding my short-term memory & word recall & clarity of thought, and leaving me in constant all-over pain. It affected nearly every system in my body, including my adrenal and nervous systems. Fortunately after finally being diagnosed and getting treatment, I’m now able to walk unaided once again but I still struggle with the long-term effects to my adrenal and nervous systems.
Did you know:
- most traditional doctors won’t test you for it, unless you have an obvious tick bite (I didn’t)
- only about 25% of Lyme patients had an obvious tick bite (so, if you consider the above statement too, you can get an idea of how many patients had to fight to get tested)
- insurance companies don’t cover most Lyme Disease treatments, meds, tests, or supplements, meaning if patients want to get their health back they have to pay out of pocket for their treatment. (Out of the 19 meds & supplements I take daily for Lyme, insurance covers only 4 of them)
- there are 3 stages of Lyme Disease – early Lyme (which can typically be treated easily with very few, if any, long-term effects), mid-stage, and late-stage/chronic Lyme. The graphic below from lymedisease.org illustrates the differences between symptoms at the first stage versus the last stage:
(and yes, it bugs me that neuropathy is spelled wrong lol)
I’m not sharing all of this to throw a pity party for myself; I have learned the secret of being content in pain or out of pain ♥ but hopefully to spare someone else the lengthy time between infection and diagnosis, when Lyme does the most damage. If you suspect that you or a loved one have Lyme Disease, the first step is to find a Lyme literate doctor.
What about you? What’s a green cover you love? Have you read any on my list? Do you know anyone affected by Lyme Disease?