Harford Lyme advocates speak at support group meeting

  • Harford County County President Billy Boniface addresses Harford's new support group.
Harford County County President Billy Boniface addresses… (Photo by Brendan Opdyke…)
August 05, 2013|By Lea Opdyke, Special to The Aegis

Lyme disease patients and caregivers met at the Bel Air Library on Saturday, July 27 for the second meeting of the newly formed Harford Lyme Advocates support group chapter of the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, http://www.NatCapLyme.org, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization founded in 2001 that is committed to helping patients diagnosed with tick-borne illnesses.

Harford Lyme Advocates is one of almost 20 National Capital Lyme Disease Association chapters in the Mid-Atlantic region. Some attendees even came from communities outside Harford County to hear guest speakers Billy Boniface, Harford County Council president, and lawyer Susan Green.

Both Boniface and Green gave poignant personal accounts of their individual journeys back to health. Boniface also spoke about the importance of Lyme disease prevention and awareness. He also encouraged attendance to the Healthy Harford Day being held at the Bel Air Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 28. In addition to her personal account, Green also discussed the newly passed Lyme Disease Testing Information Disclosure Act of 2013 that went into effect in Virginia on July 1. This act requires Virginia healthcare practitioners to provide patients with information about the significant limitations of existing laboratory tests for Lyme disease.

Co-founded by Harford County residents and moms who have worked tirelessly to help their teen daughters recover from the severity and complexity of Lyme Disease, Janet Jensen and Lea Opdyke have worked together to form Harford Lyme Advocates in an effort to offer patients and caregivers within their community a supportive, compassionate, safe environment to learn and share information about Lyme disease and related co-infections. Meetings are scheduled on the fourth Saturday, every other month. The next meeting is on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bel Air library, 100 E Pennsylvania Ave. For more information, please contact HarfordLymeAdvocates@gmail.com or visit Harford Lyme Advocates on Facebook.

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