May is Lyme Awareness Month

by Lacey

One of the most exciting outcomes of Knit the Trail has been the connections we've made with other Newark yarn lovers. Mimi Eastman is one new friend who saw the trail yarnbombing and joined the NFL Yarnivores group, where I met her and got to hear a little about what excites her. She says her favorite things are to knit and raise awareness about Lyme Disease, which she does through her instagram and facebook page, Lyme Yarns. She invited the Yarnivores, ktog, and other women to contribute lime green yarnwork to be wrapped around the parking meters in downtown Newark for the month of May. Mimi also attached info about the Take a Bite out of Lyme Challenge.

Several of my friends and family have been affected by Lyme, and I'm thrilled to join Mimi in raising awareness. Symptoms are varied and Lyme is often misdiagnosed. Proper treatment early on is so crucial to prevent chronic struggles.

Had to do some bobbles!

Had to do some bobbles!

Delaware has the 6th highest incidence of Lyme Disease in our country. Two new pieces of legislature have been introduced this month that would improve prevention, awareness, treatment, and coverage of Lyme. House Bill 290 will address the prevalence of Lyme-carrying ticks in our state and work with the DNR to mitigate that. House Bill 291 will create a healthcare education board. Accurate information and a proper perspective of the seriousness of the disease is necessary for healthcare professionals to best treat their patients.

Victoria's colorful piece! 

Victoria's colorful piece! 

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Kate and I took a bite out of Lyme! Please join us (it's quite refreshing!), but more importantly, take a few minutes to learn more about Lyme Disease. Remember as you head out to enjoy the great outdoors to wear protective clothing and tick repellent. Inspect yourself (and your kids!!!!) for ticks and quickly remove them. Deer ticks are teeny-tiny, but a routine of checking daily is so worth it. Here's some more info:

http://lymediseasechallenge.org/learn-lyme-disease/

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2015/12/10/lawmakers-push-lyme-disease-awareness/77100338/

http://6abc.com/1321629/

Thank you, Mimi, for sharing your passion in a colorful way that helps our community!