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Sunday Telegraph article on lyme

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease and Co-Infections' started by sarah darwins, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    gregh286 Senior Member

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    interesting:
    tend to agree with this guy
    A lot of people have chronic symptoms which prove impossible to diagnose – I think Lyme disease has often been hijacked as a possible cause."
    Dr Matthew Dryden, a consultant microbiologist from Public Health England
     
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  3. duncan

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    Hmmm...20,000 cases in the US in 2014? Try over 300,000; that's more than a ten-fold off. Doesn't give me much confidence in the numbers cited for the UK.

    Late Lyme reduced to some "neurological problems and joint pain" doesn't seem to do the disease justice...

    Good that it's on the table, though, and being discussed as a growing threat in the UK.
     
  4. sianrecovery

    sianrecovery Senior Member

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    I did an interview that appeared in The Sunday Times this week. I didn't enjoy the experience, but it seemed worth it.
     
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  5. sianrecovery

    sianrecovery Senior Member

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    I don't know if this will work:

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  6. Antares in NYC

    Antares in NYC Senior Member

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    I think this may help, although I don't have a subscription:
    http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Health/article1618301.ece
    Maybe someone can post a screenshot or copy/paste the article. ;)

    Way to go, Sian! It must be difficult to open up about something so personal on a national newspaper, but I wanted to thank you for bringing attention to this disease and how much misery it brings. You are very brave, sincerely.
     
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  7. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    Hear, hear. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough. Thank you, Sian.
     
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    sianrecovery Senior Member

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    Your caution is well-founded - I did two long interviews with the journalist, when truly wiped out, and made it clear - please do not characterise me as neurotic or suicidal. You can imagine my disappointment at opening the page and seeing a large picture of myself with the word 'suicidal' in the caption. Still, nice picture of the deer....
     
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  9. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    That's awful. In fairness to the journalist, it would have been a picture editor or subeditor who wrote that caption. If you have the journalist's contact email, they should be happy to get that corrected in the online edition. Too late for the printed version, but as it's a clear factual error they should print a correction.

    As far as I'm aware, the Sunday Times tries to be responsible about factual matters, and that caption clearly states that you said lyme made you suicidal when in fact you said the opposite!

    Edit: assuming you have online access to the ST, a comment below the article will often get the job done. I used to be a Times subscriber and I seem to remember the staff being quite responsive to comments below the line.
     
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  10. Dufresne

    Dufresne almost there...

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    @sianrecovery
    Good job. And, incidentally, you look like you could be related to Gwenyth Paltrow. :thumbsup:

    When I did an interview with a small, local paper I came off looking like a conspiracy theorist. And the reporter fudged a number of the facts. Anyone considering an interview would do well to make sure they get to approve the piece before it's published.
     
  11. sianrecovery

    sianrecovery Senior Member

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    I contacted the journalist. I haven't got the energy to do anything else, the whole mepron/azith/artemisinin thing has kidnapped my brain. Thanks for your kind comments peeps. I'll just let it go and chalk it up to experience. If even one person thinks to avoid ticks with the right precautions, it was worth it.
     
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    Sian Thanks for being very brave. It's not easy to put yourself out in the public!

    Gary
     
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