Bite Back For A Cure – Lyme Disease events

Bite Back For A CureCome join us on gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard, sadly ‘ground zero’ regarding Lyme disease infectious illness density, but a wonderful vacation isle and exciting place to be on August 18, 2013!

In affiliation with the Tick Borne Disease Alliance, a cutting edge group of Lyme enlightened folks based in NYC, we will be providing assorted venues regarding the fastest spreading infectious illness in the USA. See the menu on this flyer and also note that I will be doing a book signing with my award winning Lyme disease memoir and treatment guide, OUT OF THE WOODS, HEALING LYME DISEASE, BODY, MIND & SPIRIT, at: Edgartown Books, 10:00am – 11:30am

I will be presenting a Lyme disease talk at 1:00pm pertaining to signs and symptoms, diagnostic testing, why doctors fail to diagnose 90% of Lyme infections properly, treatment options and inspirational hope for recovery.

I was bedridden for 2 years with advanced Lyme disease, and misdiagnosed with CFS, migraines, anxiety disorders, IBS for 5 years until the Lyme bacteria was finally found by a savvy clinician. During this time I lost all we strive for— my career, income, home, marriage, health and well-being. I have recovered fully and am honored to share my healing story and tools with others, as well as promote Lyme disease awareness worldwide.

These events on August 18 are aligned to help raise research funds and attention for the all too crippling illness, and its stealthy presence in our modern environment. The dinner will be star studded and filled with wonderful energy and information.

JOIN US!!! we aim to change the future for a healthier, safer place!

Lyme Center of Martha’s Vineyard Hosts Fantastic Events 8/18

ImageSave the date!! Please join us on sun swept, breezy Martha’s Vineyard, Sunday, August 18th, for the time of your life!

Dr. Enid Haller, Dr. Roni DeLuz and Sam Hiser of the Lyme Center of Martha’s Vineyard, along with the Tick Borne Disease Alliance of NYC, are hosting a full day of Lyme disease awareness, education and fundraising activities.

America’s #1 fastest spreading infectious illness, Lyme disease has flown under the radar for close to 40 years, misconstrued as a brief short term infection, when in reality, if not properly diagnosed and aggressively treated in early weeks, this corkscrew shaped, augering style bacteria can invade multiple systems of the body, creating debilitating conditions and auto-immune style problems for millions. Our population has been suffering and we must help.

Those of us whom have leave learned the ‘hard way’, are passionate about ending the confusion surrounding Lyme, adamant about raising money for research and devoted to increasing prevention, awareness and treatment options.

Katina Makris, CCH, CIH, author of the award-winning, best-selling book “Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme disease — Body, Mind & Spirit” will be a central player in the Lyme Day on The Vineyard. She will do a book signing at Edgartown Books, 10:00 – 11:30AM, 44 Main St.

Then the TBDA bike-a-thon kick-off will commence at 11:00AM. The key rider, John Donnally, is biking across the USA raising money for Lyme disease research. Cyclists of all ages are welcome to ride at the MV kick off event. Gorgeous views and lovely roads, ending in the quaint, pastoral village of Chilmark.

3:00 – 5:00PM at Chilmark Community Church, Beetleburg Corner ( Katina Makris presents “Lyme Disease, The Epidemic of Our Time”. Come hear this dynamic, inspirational homeopath and Intuitive Healer share her knowledge, insights, and personal recovery experience on advanced chronic Lyme disease. Q&A included. Katina is a nationally acclaimed public speaker and Lyme educator, as well as host of the new weekly radio talk show “Lyme Light Radio with Katina” on and You do not want to miss her appearance! The church is a treasured beauty, too.

Wait! We are not done! On this pinnacle weekend, on America’s glimmering jewel of an island, an evening dinner party and fundraising event, which includes celebrity performers, and visionary words from Lyme disease’s greatest missionaries, will starcap the night, time and location to be announced soon!

Contact Sam Hiser, for reservations and details.

August 18, 2013 promises to be fun filled, important and a catapult forward for our nation, as we aim to find resources and avenues to end this public health crisis, as well as share in the beauty and synergy of healing.

Filled with enthusiasm, meaning and purpose, we invite all of you to the Vineyard, meet the ‘movers and shakers’ in the Lyme world and be part of something bigger than the individuals we each are, but in-fact, the momentum of healing change we can create together.

Please share this; email, tweet, FB, phone call, every which way!! We welcome your caring and sharing.

With true blessings,

Katina Makris, CCH, CIH


Independence Day

Independence Day

Independence. A word we all seem to value. A state of liberation, self decision, strength. The USA declares this very word in its triad of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as one of its foundation stones, cleaving to Independence with veracity. We celebrate our country’s independence with aplomb every July 4, a day reserved for leisure and customary parades, cook-outs, jamborees and the every-lasting firework bouquet.

Today however, I wonder truly about Independence. It plays in my mind, bubbling about like those balls in a child’s push play-toy, the gum ball colors bouncing noisily about.

July 4, 2003:

A torrid July 4. I recall the exhilarating surge of Independence upon stepping out of my frayed marriage, away from 3 years of the choking haze of illness (undiagnosed Lyme disease) and astride the backseat of my dashing suitor’s roaring motorcycle.

After too many years of crimped heartstrings, a lockjaw on communal happiness and a lost career, I felt mighty and free and intrepid zooming along the snaking country roads up to a lakeland sanctuary. Swimming in the cool, clear highland waters, I remember the sensory awareness that spectacular Independence Day placed in my own life, as I was no longer a man’s wife, but had gained my liberty.

By nightfall, bobbing in giddy bliss at a festive party, the sultry night air wrapped my new lover and me in euphoric waves, the boat dock firmly rigid against my backbone with fireworks erupting overhead. Liberated, free, independent, striding forth, the sparkling colors cascaded downwards, orange embers laying softly upon my skin and falling droplet like upon the waters. I felt the brilliant magic of the world, of love, of courage, of a new beginning. That Independence Day set a cornerstone in my core.

The years unfurled, many more Independence Days to honor. Children’s laughter, our dog trembling in horror at the booming cacophony and the ritual joy now as a committed couple and blended family. Independence Days on the green, the band playing in the gazebo, we slurp local ice cream and the Norman Rockwell charm oozes in immense quotients, as my childhood native american print blanket cozies us faithfully, the firework display behind the half-moon antique carriage barn, now a favored treasure. The tapestry of living weaves its marvelous threads. Life is good. There is love.

And, we endured with patience, with tenderness, in passion, and in trials. The Lyme disease relapse took me way down deep, to the ocean floor of life. I could not walk, or think or sometimes ever believe I would live. But, I did and I healed, and he helped me, held me, encouraged me onwards. We weathered the storms and the fireworks soared ever faithful on Independence Days.

We buried his daughter. Our hearts were crushed. I nursed him in love and compassion. Our family was fractured and yet we held on, tightly, with fervor, we would not let the other drown. Our pact was forged to the marrow, “I will be by your side”.

The good times began anew. Creativity. A new business. A new home with new friends and neighbors and good health. A wondrous book was birthed. Travel and a calling to heal the wounded. Life spiraled and soared, arching and vaulting, like the spectacular fireworks of Independence Day. The glowing orange embers of grace fell droplet like around us on the waters of our life.

July 4, 2013:

Today, I am being asked to embrace Independence once again. I have been studying this word and the feelings stirred in me. This time Independence is not as gay and flighty as that sensual one ten years ago, nor as safe and reliable as all the others in between. This one has another tone; that of a solitary being. For I am alone.

He is packing boxes with his belongings on this Independence Day, moving away from me and our home and our union. It is shocking and confusing, yet I must hold my center. For like this proud word suggests – Independence – self-reliance, separation, autonomy, liberty, I must attune to the new chapter dawning.

My friend gave me this animal totem. I resonate with it cleanly— Heron.

Aggressive Self-Determination

A Heron totem teaches balance;
the ability to progress and evolve —
to walk into deeper waters without fear.

It is important for someone with a Heron 
totem to learn to stand on their own two feet,
to become independent and self-reliant.


So, I make my own Declaration of Independence, one I can hold in my heart and live into, as a single individual, no longer as that mated couple or busy family unit or even as part of another. That is the trickiest mind game right now, is learning how to not be part of an-other. I am so used to caring and sharing and thinking beyond my Self to my-Other. Focusing solely on me is an anomoly. But, I cannot fight the tide. I must swim with it, into deeper waters as Heron suggests. Though he has left now, I must soar.

I declare myself as Independent of all constraints, assumptions, ties and live fully with creativity, passion, self reliance and in balance.