October 26th, 2020

Lyme disease survivor to speak at SACPA


By Mabell, Dave on December 5, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

It’s a difficult disease to diagnose. But left untreated, Lyme disease can cause problems with the body’s joints, nervous system, even the brain and the heart.

Audrey Skoog, a Lyme disease survivor, will explain those issues today during a presentation at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs.

Skoog has been a public speaker on topics such as housing and homelessness and addiction, and now she is sharing the story of her battle against Lyme disease.

Early on, she says her doctors were left puzzled by her rapidly deteriorating health. She was sent to a series of specialists, in Canada and abroad. And when a diagnosis was confirmed, she learned she had late -stage Lyme disease, which can come months or even years after a tick bite if the infection is not appropriately treated in the first or second stages.

Now, speaking from experience, Skoog wants to put a human face on awareness and patient advocacy, and to share that Lyme disease patients can still “live well” even when they don’t feel well.

Her presentation is set for noon at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, with doors open at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend SACPA sessions, with a hot lunch available for $14, or just coffee or tea for $2.

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