My name is Lisa Vallo and I have been a Lyme disease sufferer since 2001, which has been a living nightmare.
I have set up this website to make you aware of the disease I live with and to also educate you on how you can hopefully prevent it from happening to you or your loved ones.
14 long years was the length of time it took to get my diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease, and to get that, I had to be tested by a laboratory in Germany because the UK testing system is so incredibly unreliable and inaccurate to this day!
The UK test won't pick up anything at all if the disease has spread to your cells, tissues and/or organs!!! (which can take as little as a few weeks only).
I was tested several times over the 14 years in the UK and France and each one was negative!!! For 14 long, wasteful, stressful, "wading through mud" years I was diagnosed with everything from CFS, depression, ME, arthritis, anemia, vitamin D defficiencies, insomnia, etc, etc and of course hypocondria, when all the time I was suffering from undetected Lyme disease, which I had suspected for many years!
Throughout this time, I was often ridiculed by members of the health profession, in particular at the infectious diseases clinic in Bradford! They mocked me for even contemplating the fact that it could be Lyme disease! Can you even begin to imagine how upsetting this was for me.
I knew there was something seriously wrong with me and the only things keeping me going were my family and the frustration of not getting to the truth.
I was always determined to find the truth, even in my darkest days, and there were many!
There's lots more information on this website, so please check it out. And, also please feel free to contact me with any questions, I'm always here to help if I can.
Stay safe and beware the tick!
Lisa "Lyme" Vallo