This graphic by Jill McAllister is extremely meaningful, as it provides information not currently available in terms of geographic distribution of Lyme and Lyme infected ticks.
Some of these locations, although across the border, are not really all the far from where I was bit in 2010 (various maps will be constructed over time). As you will read elsewhere on this site, distribution estimates and maps can be dangerously misleading if they do not depict associated levels of detection effort. As is seen time and time again (with North Dakota serving as a highly relevant example) the areas where we are not finding Lyme coincide with areas where we are not yet, or not adequately looking.
We are so grateful to (Candadian Lyme-patient) Artist Brandi Lee Ethier for allowing us to use her extremely inspiring, still-in-progress painting. Thank you!
We are gearing up to launch May 1, but we will need help from our Lyme community. By this Wednesday, April 15, we will be ready to start asking some of our biggest pre-launch questions.
One of our biggest needs will be your location and some basic information.
This will help build an initial map for educational and general purposes, but especially for increasing VISIBILITY and AWARENESS for our region, beginning with the upcoming MayDay Project Rally at IDSA Headquarters in Arlington, VA, April 29 and May1, 2015.
We will have an outreach/information form ready Wednesday so we can begin to collect information for the map and to start to answer some of our basic but yet-unanswered state and regional questions (a much larger, long-term undertaking).
Starting Now you can share the Facebook page and the soon-to-come event page to help us reach as many people as we can within and beyond our region, and please be sure to help us with our requests as we get ready for our May 1, 2015 Launch!
A Multi-Purpose Pre-Request, Via Invisibly Lyme Montana & Others:
Multiple requests in the coming weeks, as with the one above, will offer mutual benefit to this group and to on-going or additional new campaigns or efforts by other groups, so stay tuned….