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Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires May 2017 Email

on May 7, 2017

 

For those of us in Western Massachusetts/Berkshire County area , I’m relaying my email from the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires:

The Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires is back! We hope the beginning to your year has been good so far. We have an amazing year planned!
 
*Note*: Some emails, given the amount we have in our address book, may have accidentally been sent an email. If you do not want to be on this email list or don’t remember signing up, send us a quick email saying “Remove from list.”. If you would like to remain, do nothing.
 

2017 sees the Lyme Alliance launching “Stemming the Tide” our tick-borne disease speaker series, with our

second meeting being on Saturday May 13th, 2017 at the Berkshire Athenaeum at 1 Wendell Ave in Pittsfield, MA starting at 1:30 PM.
Meetings take place in the ground floor auditorium.
Our meeting this month is “The Informed Patient: Navigating Healthcare with Lyme Disease”
 
A workshop based around creating an atmosphere of patient empowerment and self-confidence that will help those suffering from tick-borne disease navigate through the difficulties and chaos of the healthcare system and meant as a mechanism to provide a template to follow for those at risk.
 
Being an informed patient is a vital aspect to getting well when you are battling tick-borne disease. A patient must feel empowered and be knowledgeable about their illness for proper communication to take place between them and their medical practitioner. This communication facilitates an honest and open relationship and can even work to change an uneducated medical professional’s stance on Lyme disease. All patients regardless of illness should be able to feel confident and empowered when seeking and receiving medical care.
 
In April, we launched our first ever printed newsletter and the first Lyme-related newsletter in Berkshire County.
 
We have also been invited to do a segment on a local public access show that is shown throughout Berkshire County and will be speaking about inclusiveness in healthcare advocacy on the program New England Pride TV, that has an audience of 1,000,000 an episode, in June of 2017.
 
We hope to see numerous stories being published through the local media this year and will continue to fight for coverage of this heavily underreported issue and have made it a goal of 2017 to create a connected relationship between the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires and local governments.
 
Last but certainly not least, we are launching a South County Lyme disease awareness meeting in Great Barrington. The meetings will be facilitated by local volunteer Barbara Wells. More details will be listed below.
 
Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires, North County:

All North County meetings will include a door prize raffle
as part of the meeting. Attendees will receive a ticket and
a drawing will be done at the end of the meeting.
 
The Informed Patient: Navigating
the Healthcare System with Lyme Disease
with Kenneth Mercure
 
Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Starting at 1:30 PM
 
Chronic Stress: Its Impact on Chronic
Illness and How to Cope
with Heather Juby
 
Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Starting a 1:30 PM
 
The Language of Healing
with Noelle Janka
 
Saturday, July 8th, 2017
Starting a 1:30 PM
 
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!
 
Inside the Lyme Epidemic: Past, Present and Future 
with Pamela Weintraub,
author of well-known Lyme book “Cure Unknown”
 
Saturday August 12th, 2017
Starting at 1:30 PM
 
All meetings take place at:
 
Berkshire Athenaeum
Ground Floor Auditorium
1 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
 
South County Lyme Disease Awareness Meeting (S.C.L.A.M.)
Facilitated by Barbara Wells
 
Saturday, May 20th, 2017
12:30 to 2:30 PM
 
Lyme Disease Prevention Workshop @ S.C.L.A.M.
with Kenneth Mercure, facilitated by Barbara Wells
 
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
12:30 to 2:30 PM
 
Mason Library’s fiscal year ends in June, so this date is subject to change.
July 22nd is currently set aside for us on their books, but is not scheduled yet.
 
All meetings take place at:
 
Mason Library
231 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
 
In the community room.

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The Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires is a patient support and community education not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to spreading awareness about tick-borne diseases in Berkshire County and the surrounding area and to providing services to help patients in navigating through the healthcare system, as well in learning skills to help cope with the difficulties of living with tick-borne disease.

The Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires is based around a philosophy of
intersectional advocacy, striving to be inclusive of all communities and their unique needs.

 

Visit us at our website for access to 

an extensive archive of information.

 

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who might benefit from our programming and services.

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