• Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Lyme disease support group meets this Thursday in Wellsboro and will feature a guest speaker | Life

Wellsboro, PA – Lyme disease, like many other viruses or illnesses, affects people in several ways. For some, support groups are an essential tool for their mental well-being.

This Thursday at the Warehouse Theater Gallery, 3 Central Ave, Wellsboro, the Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. for a meeting.

The meeting will feature guest speaker David Thomas de Sayre, who will discuss his 29-year journey to reaching a diagnosis of Lyme disease.

Thomas experienced symptoms that began with sinus infections in 1976 when he was 21, and the symptoms continued and worsened until the pain was so severe that he thought about suicide.

He will discuss the issues he encountered with the medical community between the years 1977 and 2005 – many of which are still problematic to this day – and what led to his diagnosis of Lyme disease in 2006. Thomas will also talk about how which he helps other Lyme patients, updates and new changes, and Lyme against COVID-19.

“Lyme is a devastating disease for anyone who contracts it and / or co-infections,” Thomas said.

After the presentation there will be time for questions and answers.

Group meetings are free and open to anyone living in Tioga County or a surrounding county who is interested in learning more about Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.

The group leader, Thomas Putnam of the Wellsboro area, is a regional leader of the PA Lyme Resource Network and has been involved in Lyme disease and co-infections.

For more information on the Support Group, contact Putnam by email at [email protected] or call (570) 439-2000.

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