What is LymeDiseaseSupportNetwork.org?
LymeDiseaseSupportNetwork.org is a dedicated patient-to-patient support community for families affected by Lyme Disease. LymeDiseaseSupportNetwork.org is powered by BensFriends.org, patient support communities for rare diseases, and is run by volunteer moderators who have been affected with Lyme Disease.
Who can join LymeDiseaseSupportNetwork.org?
If your family has been affected by Lyme Disease, consider LymeDiseaseSupportNetwork.org your second home. LymeDiseaseSupportNetwork.org, as well as the rest of BensFriends.org’s patient communities, is free for members to join.
What is 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"). Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a characteristic circular skin rash called erythema migrans (EM). Left untreated, later symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system.
Many celebrities with Lyme Disease deal with the daily challenges of the disease as well.
You can learn more about Lyme Disease at Wikipedia.org.
What is BensFriends.org?
In 2007, Ben Muñoz suffered a rare form of stroke caused by an AVM. He was unable to find the support he needed during the most difficult time, so he created an online support community AVMSurvivors.org to connect with others like him. AVMSurvivors.org led to the founding of BensFriends.org, driven to provide patient-to-patient support communities for people living with rare diseases.
BensFriends.org is a network of patient communities for people living with rare diseases. Launched in November 2007, BensFriends.org provides valuable patient support by creating and running compassionate, responsive communities. BensFriends.org maintains dozens of patient communities and has changed thousands of lives.