Lyme Lives Here

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



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About the same time, in Haverford, Christina’s youngest son, Luke, underwent a significant personality change. He began losing his words, exhibiting autistic-like behavior and couldn’t socially interact. He was irritable and angry. When he began to bang his head against the wall, one psychologist dismissed it as little more than bad behavior.

Testing revealed that Luke, too, was Lyme positive, with two of its co-infections. After significant treatment, most of Luke’s physical symptoms are gone, his old self largely restored. Still, cognitive issues remain; he has reading problems.

Luke’s older brother, Zach, developed intense night sweats, physical exhaustion and cognitive dysfunction (brain fog). A lacrosse player at Harriton High School, he declined physically and couldn’t catch his breath. He was diagnosed with Lyme in the spring of his freshman year. After treatment, he’s back to excelling in the classroom and on the lacrosse field.

The Finks have found a way to fight Lyme and advocate for others: Fink’s Powerful Pancakes (powerfulpancakes.com) donates 50 percent of its proceeds from the sale of its nutritional pancakes to fight Lyme disease.

 

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