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The LymeRunner

June 26, 2010

Quite by happenstance, I’ve come upon a rather remarkable lady whose story needs to be heard. I haven’t actually met her yet, but that’s one of the remarkable things about social media. You can expand your connectedness in so many directions. And while Twitter and Facebook are often pooh-poohed for being “superficial,” the fact is that there are astonishing personalities out there who one would never encounter in so-called real life. That pure ideas can be exchanged and friendships discovered mind-to-mind in addition to face-to-face is astonishing.

LymeRunner is a mom with two kids a full-time job, a part-time job, a great blog and an inspired will to run the New York Marathon to raise money for charity.  She’s one of the growing army of folks with Lyme Disease who refuses to cave in to her suffering or the lack of public awareness of her condition or to wallow in self-pity. She uses her running both to regain her strength and as a vehicle to raise awareness of a growing epidemic that’s spreading throughout the country. Since its discovery in Lyme, Connecticut in the late 1970’s, Lyme has turned up throughout North America and as it’s identification becomes more reliable, we’re just beginning to understand how prevalent it is. LymeRunner, and thousands like her, have found their lives altered and know that while there are treatments, cure is a word that doesn’t fit here.

And so she takes her meds, tries to eat well and runs. Boy, does she run. Through the streets and down the beaches of her southern Maine hometown LymeRunner strides in fair and foul to build herself back up. But she also runs to teach others about the serious danger lurking in their backyards, borne by ticks you can barely see, and to teach Lyme sufferers that they have advocates and that they aren’t invisible. She’s got a website for her running where you can follow her training runs and support her efforts with a donation to the cause of Lyme Awareness.  As if that wasn’t enough, she also works on a very cool on-line project to set up LymeBuddies where Lyme sufferers can get support and reliable information from people who know and care.

Yes, LymeRunner is a very special lady. Like so many other Twitter and Facebook people I’ve befriended, I would never have met her without social media. My life is richer for it.

Oh, yeah: To put a face to the remarkable lady, go back up and click the first link and then click the “About” tab at the top of her site.

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