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If your family has been affected by Lyme Disease, consider the Lyme Disease Support Network your second home.


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Lyme Disease Support Network is a patient-to-patient support for people with Lyme Disease.


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Ben's Friends Member Survey

Thank you for taking time to participate in our survey.  We are so grateful that more than 1000 of you responded! We are now working on analyzing the data. We'll let you know of the survey results soon.

Ben's Friends Now a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization

This enables all donations to be tax deductible (starting with any made from July 2013), makes us eligible for corporate donations and matching gifts, and gives us access to grants and foundations (dramatically widening our donor pool), and provides benefits reserved for nonprofits (such as Google Ads credits).
This status will help us realize our ultimate goal - to ensure everyone affected by a rare disease has a safe place to go (our communities!) to connect with someone like them.
Thank you, Members and Moderators, for hanging in there with us and never wavering as we went through this difficult process. Now the real work can begin!
If anyone has any ties to grants, foundations, or partners who can help 501(c)(3) organizations, or if you have any past experience writing grant applications, please email us at partners@bensfriends.org

Mobile App and E-Book Available for Download!

Keep in touch with friends. Get support and information while on the go. DOWNLOAD the Ben's Friends iPhone App now!

Learn how others cope and be inspired by the helpful tips and amazing stories of patients with rare diseases. Get the e-book "We're in This Together: Stories & Tips from Patients with Rare Diseases" HERE.

What is a Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease, or Lyme borreliosis, is an emerging infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia. Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto is the main cause of Lyme disease in North America, whereas Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii cause most European cases.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. Borrelia is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks belonging to a few species of the genus Ixodes ("hard ticks"). 

Latest Activity

SK replied to SK's discussion Is anyone familiar with the link of magnesium deficiency with Lyme disease?
"Even here in the US, if proper tests were available to General Practitoners, it would save years of…"
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SK replied to SK's discussion Is anyone familiar with the link of magnesium deficiency with Lyme disease?
"Great info, dkel, and it all happens in our (dancermom and I) home state (Maryland) in Bethesda,…"
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dkel9307 replied to SK's discussion How long did it take you to get a diagnosis, or are you still waiting?
"Thank you slmo - I wish you all the very best. You may want to ask your doctor re IV ceftriaxone -…"
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dkel9307 replied to SK's discussion Is anyone familiar with the link of magnesium deficiency with Lyme disease?
"Hi SK In Australia, we are unprepared for Lym Disease and there are very few Lyme Literate Doctors,…"
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dancermom replied to dkel9307's discussion Managing Rashes and Yeast Overgrowth
"This page also discusses using warm salt water and oil pulling to remove…"
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dkel9307 liked SK's discussion Is anyone familiar with the link of magnesium deficiency with Lyme disease?
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dancermom replied to SK's discussion Would anyone like to become or remain a featured member of Living with Lyme Disease?
"Remember, it doesn't have to be you. It can be a kitten, or Spiderman, or a rainbow. Any image…"
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'What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us' - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Best of Ben's Friends

Launch of Nephrotic Syndrome Support on CNN.com

For millions of people suffering from kidney diseases, NephroticSyndromeSupport.org is invaluable, as patient-to-patient interaction allows for an exchange of support and information. Click on this link to see how we launched our Nephrotic Syndrome Support site on CNN.com. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-937040

Bensfriends.org Posts Milestones on Rare Disease Day 2013

Bensfriends.org champions people who suffer from rare diseases by raising awareness, fostering connection and empowering them. In 2012, the global social enterprise surpassed performance milestones despite meager resources, making it a major online social media advocate for orphan diseases. Read more from CNN iReport as Ben’s Friends Resident Writer, Armando Abrero shares report!

Best Of Ben’s Friends – February 2013

8 Feb 2013 – AVM Survivors – It’s been a long time since I shared anything. My daughter has been so sick. 1 Feb 2013 – Living With CIDP – Attitude Adjustment

What is Best of Ben's Friends?

Best of Ben's Friends is a collection of inspirational or informative posts from across our family of patient communities. To nominate a post, discussion, photo, or video, email the link to info@bensfriends.org.



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March 2014 Community Newsletter

Posted by Ben Munoz on March 27, 2014 at 11:50pm 0 Comments

Dear Lyme Disease Support Family and Friends,

March 2014 is an exciting month for Ben’s Friends, as everything seems to fall into place! But before we share the good news, we invite you to participate in a brief survey on the positive…


18 and Younger

Posted by Madelyn on March 11, 2014 at 9:54am 1 Comment

I get the whole adults can help you and everything but, it's scary. How kids will treat you. Not even just being a kid. I'm tired as being acknowledged as the friend with Lyme



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