Kick off Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Sunday, May 1, 2016

*UPDATE- APRIL 28, 2016*

Lymebuddies is pleased to announce that Heidi Symonds,  Speaker, TV Wellness Expert, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Wife and ‘Dog Mom’ of two, who is passionate about coaching people of all ages to use food, spirituality and lifestyle choices to nourish and heal themselves—mind, body and spirit, will be joining us on May 1, 2016 at Jimmy the Greeks. She’ll be on hand to answer questions about nutrition and Lyme and has first-hand experience with both. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from and share with Heidi.
Join Lymebuddies as we kick off Lyme Disease Awareness Month on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Jimmy the Greeks, 115 Philbrook Ave, South Portland, ME from 10:30am-12 noon. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Presentations will include Mainely Ticks’ Barb Maurais speaking on the topic of protection for yourself and landscape strategies, a presentation by Dr. Meghan May, M.S., Ph.D., Chair, Div G, American Society for Microbiology on new advances in the detection of Lyme Disease, the launch of “The Big Five for Lyme”, a fundraising event to raise money for ILAD Education Foundation’s Physician Training Program, (, and Dr. Leon Hecht, N.D., co-founder of North Coast Family Health,  who has specific interests in the diagnosis and treatment of tick borne illnesses including Lyme, Babesia, Batonella and Erhlichia, discussing how the ILADEF Physician Training program  benefits physicians and communities alike.

Download the PDF of the full agenda here, or click on the image to the left.

There will be other Lyme support groups to meet, information to share, raffles, prizes and much more. Jimmy the Greek will offer a breakfast buffet for $7.99. Come meet others, receive information, network and come together for Lyme Disease. Special emcee Sharon Rose Vaznis of WCSH6 will keep the information flowing! Sign up via Facebook and help spread the word:

For more information contact Angela at

Please watch the video below for more information about “The Big Five for Lyme”.

Five for Lyme-HD from angela coulombe on Vimeo.

Our Mission:

To offer support to those who are affected by Lyme Disease, and to raise awareness to the general public about this devastating, misunderstood illness.

Who we are:

LymeBuddies was started in 2008 by two Maine Moms who have both struggled with advanced Lyme Disease. We seek to provide information and support for Lyme Disease and other tick borne illnesses. When diagnosed with Lyme Disease, we found that the support and information is very scarce for those in need. We can be called upon to provide a “buddy” that will understand, support, give hope, and help answer questions you or a loved may have when sick with Lyme Disease. We’ve found that having an actual person on the other end of the phone has been a tremendous help, and that’s what we’re here for. For more information:

Quick Facts:

  • Lyme Disease can mimic many other medical problems
  • The testing is not always accurate and it should be diagnosed based on symptoms by a doctor who understands and can recognize Lyme Disease.
  • There are two different standards of care for treating Lyme Disease. One is that it is easily cured with 28 days of antibiotics, no matter how late it is diagnosed. The other is that the Lyme bacteria can be very hard to eradicate once it is entrenched in the body, and often requires long term antibiotic treatment to prevent relapse.

Not all patients with Lyme disease will have all symptoms, some can be specific to neurological, heart, psychiatric, or physical (muscle & joint pain, etc.) The symptoms can also present differently at various stages of the disease progression. Some patients do experience all the types of symptoms as this is a multi-systemic infection, infecting multiple parts of the body and causing extensive symptoms. To complicate matters, many of the symptoms are not specific to Lyme disease, and can occur in many other diseases as well. This is why it is known as “The great imitator” and can make it very hard to properly diagnose.

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