The Kiss of Lyme

The Kiss of Lyme is a collection of eight personal stories from Lyme disease patients across the world, including myself, who have struggled, fought and battled to recover from chronic illness.

Lyme disease is an extremely controversial, infectious disease caused by a bacterium that is typically spread by ticks. Caught early (typically within the first few weeks, before the infection has chance to spread) the illness is often resolved with a three-week course of strong antibiotics, however if left undetected it can prove extremely serious, and potentially fatal. Unfortunately, traditional medical professionals on both sides of the Atlantic are neither equipped with the understanding nor the testing capability to accurately diagnose the disease, leaving hundreds of thousands of people struggling for a diagnosis and treatment.

The collection of stories in The Kiss of Lyme reveal how people living in the USA, Canada and the UK have suffered, how their local doctors have failed them, how their health has deteriorated over months and years – with stories ranging from 2 to 20 years – and how they have been left to scour the internet for their own solutions and pay small fortunes for treatments in a desperate bid to recover.

Despite the controversy, many are walking on the road to recovery, and in some cases have managed to turn turned life-threatening adversity into something positive. The book is written to offer inspiration and advice to others going through similar experiences with Lyme disease or any other chronic illness. I hope you find it useful – and if you do please share it with other people you think might benefit.

The book is also available in other Amazon markets

The Kiss of Lyme by Ian McCartney

Hopefully it doesn’t just end with the book. If you have a story to share and advice to give, please submit it here – ideally your story should aim to answer the following questions but if you have a different slant please get in touch;

  • What were your initial symptoms that prompted you to seek help and how were you diagnosed?
  • What was the support like around you to help you through the illness?
  • Once you found out you had Lyme how did you go about finding the right treatments for you?
  • How did Lyme impact your life and what advice would you give to anyone who is worried they might have the disease?

Please be aware that we might not be able to publish every story that we receive, and we might have to make one or two modifications to fit the brief – but we’ll do our best to include as many as possible.