Guest Blogger- Lyme Disease research Foundation

Thank you Nancy, for your devotion to the Lyme disease crisis, to my work as a messenger and healer, for out decades of friendship and your wise words here to share with our community.


Nancy Dougherty wrote: 



Hi everyone,

I hope you have been enjoying your summer. 

I wanted you to know about a new radio show, Lyme Light Radio, that was launched  Wednesday August 14, by my childhood friend, Katina Makris (4pm EST/1pm PST). Please tune in, if you can. This weekly host/ guest/ call-in format show will discuss all matters related to Lyme disease and recovery. Katina’s first guest will be Mara Williams, author of “Nature’s Dirty Needle”.  Besides airing on AM talk radio station 1230 WBLQ, Lyme Light Radio will stream on 3 web stations- and the syndicated   From bedridden 7 years ago, to writing and promoting her acclaimed book, “Out of the Woods”, Katina is now further strengthening Lyme disease awareness and education by interviewing medical researchers, doctors, physician scientists, advocates, patients,and other Lyme disease experts on the air.  It is a great opportunity to learn and actively participate in the discussion. 

Have you seen the room-for-debate blog on “Deconstructing Lyme Disease” in this week’s NY Times?  -Good that the Times is keeping a wide array of Lyme disease issues in the forefront of discussion.  I believe the debate further supports the value of the translational clinical research being conducted by Dr. John Aucott of Johns Hopkins at the Lyme Disease Research Foundation.

If you are on Martha’s Vineyard this weekend, please come to the “Bite Back for a Cure” kickoff bike ride to raise money for Lyme disease awareness and research on August 18th from 11am-1pm.  The Lyme Center of Martha’s Vineyard and Tick Borne Disease Alliance are helping sponsor a day of events, which also includes a lecture by Katina Makris in Chillmark (1pm) and a fundraiser dinner in West Tisbury (6-9PM).  Dr. John Aucott, Johns Hopkins’ physician scientist, will be one of the handful of speakers introduced at the dinner and available to meet with throughout the day.  Dr. Aucott’s Lyme Disease Research Foundation continues to lead the charge on Lyme disease clinical research.

Hope you are feeling well and enjoying your summer.

Warm regards,

Nancy Dougherty 

Nancy Dougherty leads development efforts for the Lyme Disease Research Foundation



P.S. My Lyme disease work has just become even more personal, with our son, Ryan (20), being diagnosed with Lyme disease last week, after complaining about persistent intense headaches, ‘brain fog’, fever, etc.  We are treating him with doxy and hoping he does not end up with persistent symptoms.  A major Boston hospital sent him home without serology, but his pediatrician took the Lyme threat seriously and ordered a Western blot test which came back positive. – If you suspect Lyme disease, you have to be so tenacious!


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