STATE: New York
TICK-BORNE ILLNESS: Lyme disease
DATE DIAGNOSED: 1/15/16
"I have no idea how or when I actually contracted Lyme. I live in a lyme endemic area and knew I had it because of classic symptoms. I told many MD's I had Lyme...none believed me. I had 4 negative ELISA tests before my 2-tier ELISA, western blot was actually CDC positive. I was diagnosed by a nurse practitioner who listened to me and believed me and continued to test me."