Lyme Lives Here

Doctors and lawmakers alike take a stand against this misunderstood disease permeating Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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A real rarity, Dr. Ann Corson’s family practice in Cochranville is entirely devoted to families with tick-borne illnesses. Once an emergency room physician, Corson may not have evolved into a Lyme doctor if the disease hadn’t arrived at her front door. Her son, Joseph Kamp, was 14 when he was bitten. At his sickest, he missed part of 10th grade and more than half of his junior and senior years. In response, Corson became the first doctor to shadow and train with colleagues already experienced in aggressively treating Lyme. She initiated a movement to train physicians to identify and treat tick-borne diseases. In 2003, she studied with Dr. Joseph Burrascano in East Hampton, N.Y. In the fall of 2005, she was trained under Dr. Charles Ray Jones, now an octogenarian still practicing despite a legal siege on his license by the Connecticut State Medical Board.

“We all feel for him, but we also can’t lose this fight in any way,” Corson says. “It’s a real agenda to deny the very existence of the problem, and why they continue to persecute Dr. Jones doesn’t make sense.”

Today, the New York-based Turn the Corner Foundation provides grant-like reimbursement to cover lost time in each training doctor’s practice. “I did it on my own,” Corson says. “If I didn’t figure it out, my son would’ve died. But how many other mothers are out there with sick kids who don’t know what to do?”

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