Living with Lyme
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s fall, and for many people, that means camping. Camping can mean ticks, and ticks can lead to Lyme disease.
One Lexington woman knows about it, all too well.
“I didn’t do anything to deserve this medical condition,” said Anita Dennis.
She’s right. She was bitten by a tick three years ago while taking a walk at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Lexington. That tick gave her Lyme disease. It’s something she says was hard for doctors to pinpoint because it mimics so many other illnesses.
“I literally have a calendar, and every day of the week, I’m at a different doctor with a different infection, a different injury, a different illness,” said Dennis. “I’ve seen every specialist there is.”
Dennis tells ABC 36, before she was diagnosed, she was attending school and working toward three degrees.
“I went from fulfilling my dreams that I worked so hard for and now i don’t think of the future anymore,” said Dennis.
According to a National Lyme Disease Association map, there were 510 reported Lyme cases in Kentucky from 1990 to 2015. However, at the bottom of the map, there’s a note saying only ten percent of cases are ever reported.
Dennis explains some people have said Lyme isn’t in Kentucky, but she warns otherwise.
“I have warned so many people about ticks, like I’m so scared when my son mows the lawn and when my grand-kids go out,” said Dennis. “I’m like cover up, wear covered clothing, tuck your socks in. I’m just so paranoid and people are like ‘eh.’ But, no. You don’t know. One little tick bite could take your whole life from you.”