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4 Things You Can Do For Your Friends with Lyme Disease During the Holidays

4 Things You Can Do For Your Friends with Lyme Disease During the Holidays
During the holidays, we are all busy shopping, cooking, planning parties and enjoying fun with friends. It is a great time of year, but for people with a chronic illness, it can be incredibly taxing and stressful. Here's how you can help!

1. Food Options
People with chronic illness and yes, even Lyme Disease are often on special diets. Many adhere to an organic and/or gluten free diet to eliminate side effects related to over consumption of gluten and insecticides. Many also avoid alcohol and sweets (which is hard to do at holiday parties). To help, offer some tasty, healthy alternatives at your party like organic fruit salad, tomato mozzarella hors d'oeuvres and seltzer with lemon.

2. Understanding
Holidays can be exhausting for anyone, but especially for those battling Lyme disease and its associated illnesses. They may be fatigued and in pain 24 hours a day. Please don’t be offended if a friend asks to lie down, tells you that they can only stay for a little while or has to leave early. Believe me, they would love to stay longer but for many, it hurts to stand or sit too long or to even carry on a conversation.

3. Acts of Kindness
It is not only difficult for someone with a chronic illness to prepare for the holidays, it is also overwhelming for their family. If you have time, offer to wrap presents, provide a meal, take the children for a couple of hours or help with housework. They will always remember this special gift.

4. Learn more about Lyme Disease and/or Volunteer
By learning more about this illness you'll get a deeper understanding of how it affects people and families. You'll better understand how someone can look fine but are actually suffering in silence. You will learn the importance of awareness, education and the need for more research funds. Volunteering with us will arm you with tools to help others understand the necessity for prevention and what they can do to make a difference. Even a few hours spent will be rewarding for you!

If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bonnie S Waterhouse at 860-930-2446 or email us at

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