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·Remembering Leslie Wermers. Five years ago2013-10-28 18:35:31
·Remembering Leslie Wermers. One year ago today.2009-11-02 20:10:50
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 LymeBlog News: Tom Seaver Fighting Lyme Disease

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Tom Seaver, the legendary star of the New York Mets, is fighting Lyme disease. The condition was only made public after an apparent gaff by Seavers in June when he issued a press release congratulating Mets pitcher Johan Santana for pitching the first no-hitter in Mets history which included the statement, "I've never met Johan personally, ...". However, Seaver had previously been on air with Santana in a half hour TV special where they discussed pitching strategies. 

"I didn't know what was happening." said Seaver, 68. But it wasn't until he forgot the name of a man who has worked at Seaver's vineyard for 7 years that Seaver's wife, Nancy Seaver, insisted that he go see a doctor.

Seavers told Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, that after months of private denial, the scariest incident came when his head vineyard worker, who has been with him for seven years, came into the house one morning.

“I looked at him and I didn’t know his name,” Seaver said.

Seavers told Madden“I felt like I had the worst case of the flu every day, and then I was having trouble remembering things and making bad decisions. I was scared. I said to myself: ‘It’s like I’m getting old before my time. Why is this happening?’ I thought I’d had a stroke.”

Comprehensive test revealed that he did not have dementia or a stroke, as he had feared, but rather Stage 3 Lyme disease. 

Seavers had first contracted Lyme disease in 1991 while working in his garden at his residence in Connecticut. 

Stage 3 Lyme disease, which can occur months or years after the initial infection, can result in memory loss, speech problems, sleep disorder and an overall feeling of chemical imbalance — all of which Seaver had been experiencing over the last year.

“But once it gets into your blood system, it causes real problems,” Seaver said. “I’m taking 24 pills a day now, most of them vitamins, plus one penicillin pill to get my chemical balance back. It’s a cycle that kills off all the spirochetes that junk up your system. It’s been a slow process in which I’ll still feel like I have a bad case of the flu for days, but these past couple of weeks they’ve been less and less. I haven’t had a glass of wine or a beer in eight months and I don’t miss it."

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 Lyme in Sports: Sam Stosur is feeling healthy again and ready to rise up the rankings

Lyme and SportsSam Stosur is feeling healthy again and ready to rise up the rankings
Fox Sports, Australia
By Margie McDonald

SUMMER is here in Australia and a healthy Samantha Stosur has a golden opportunity to shine at home and give her ranking a deserved boost in the process.


 The 24-year-old from the Gold Coast missed the Australian season 12 months ago due to complications from trying to return from the debilitating effects of Lyme disease and a secondary virus. Focused ... the Australian is fit again and keen to climb.
Photo: AFP Focused ... the Australian is fit again and keen to climb.


Stosur had not missed a Grand Slam in four years, but had to withdraw from last January's Australian Open, along with the Sydney and Gold Coast WTA events. Her ranking slipped below 150 during the height of her problems.

But with steady results in singles - 27-16 by season's end - she moved back to No.52. Add to that some strong doubles results, runner-up at both Wimbledon and the US Open, and Stosur retrieved her fitness and determination to make up for lost time.

With no ranking points to defend from the three Australian tournaments - the Brisbane International being first off the rank starting tomorrow week - Stosur has a real chance to make a giant leap towards the top 20.

"I'm really happy with the way things went," Stosur said about her encouraging end to 2008.

"I didn't know what to expect, but I started playing really well and by the end of the year it was some of my best tennis.

"Going into this year, I've done everything I possibly can and I'm hoping to build on the last six months."

It would not have escaped the right-hander and her coach, David Taylor, who took Alicia Molik to world No.8 in 2005, of the potential to climb the rankings.

Winning a few rounds in Brisbane and then in the Sydney International (January 11-18) would have her knocking on the door of the top 30 by the time the Australian Open begins on January 19.

"It would be nice to do that, but I haven't really thought about rankings and where I want to be at the end of the summer," Stosur said.

"The focus is playing well and hopefully that means I'll win a lot of matches and that (ranking) will take care of itself. But if I can finish January or February inside the top 30, then I'd be very happy with that."

Stosur's doubles results are outstanding with 22 titles, including four Grand Slams. She would be sick of people bringing up her singles ...

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 People with Lyme: Lyme Disease slows St. Francisí Krueger

Lyme and SportsLyme Disease slows St. Francis’ Krueger
Kane County Chronicle, Geneva, IL USA
Jay Schwab, sports editor, Kane County Chronicle

Andrea Krueger’s outdoors-oriented trip to her uncle’s lake house in northern Wisconsin sounds like the best summer has to offer: swimming, water skiing and, of course, some tennis.

But when the St. Francis junior returned home to Geneva, she wasn’t able to bask in the afterglow of a relaxing vacation. Krueger was sick, and seemingly growing sicker by the day.

After several doctors visits, Krueger learned she was done in by one of the worst irritants summer has to offer – ticks. Krueger was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, a condition with which she was only faintly familiar.

“I had heard of it but I never really knew what it was,” Krueger said. “I knew it was from a tick bite but I didn’t know what it did to you or anything.”

She soon would find out, much to her misery.

Krueger’s energy was sapped, rendering her unable to attend most of the Spartans’ preseason tennis tryouts. She suffered intense headaches and ran a fever high enough to give any mother a migraine of her own.

“I’ve never really been that sick before,” Krueger said. “It was pretty scary. I’ve never really had high fevers before so having 104 wasn’t really fun.”

While the physical anguish was probably the worst part about contracting the disease, Krueger also was exasperated by the ramifications for her tennis season.

Krueger has played tennis since fourth grade, entering numerous United States Tennis Association tournaments during the offseason. She was delighted with her progress during the summer, and aspired to St. Francis’ No. 1 singles spot and a possible berth in the IHSA State Tennis Tournament this fall.

But even after the antibiotics began chipping away at her illness, Krueger’s endurance lagged. She was not herself at the last couple days of St. Francis’ tryouts, nor when she was smoked, 6-1, 6-0, in her season debut against York.

“I felt like I had my swing back but it just took a while to get my energy back,” Krueger said. “I could hit fine but energy-wise I wasn’t really feeling up to playing a lot.”

In the last week, Krueger’s strength steadily has returned. She has won three straight matches, including a victory Wednesday against Downers Grove South. St. Francis coach Marcia Bussey said Krueger might still ...

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 Lyme in Sports: Clarke aims for medal in Beijing despite Lyme disease

Lyme and SportsClarke aims for medal in Beijing
BBC News
By Melissa Rudd
Blast Reporter, BBC Norfolk

Clarke contracted Lyme disease from an infected bite in 2003 which left her paralysed and partially blind.


Paralympic archer Mel Clarke is aiming for a medal on her Paralympic Games debut in Beijing in September.
 
The 25-year-old from Taverham told BBC Radio Norfolk of her 'long road' to China after being selected to represent Great Britain.

Clarke contracted Lyme disease from an infected bite in 2003 which left her paralysed and partially blind.

Clarke will gain valuable experience before London 2012
Photo: BBC News

Clarke will gain valuable experience before London 2012

"I was told at the time that I'd never shoot my bow again so to be going to the games is amazing," she said.

"I have had a lot of support to get there - my hope is to come home with a medal."

Clarke has used a wheelchair from the age of 11 because of an arthritic condition and took up archery when she was 16.

She currently holds 20 county records, 10 national able-bodied records and eight world records, but her hardest battle was not on the field.

It was whilst competing at the World Archery Championships in 2003 that Clarke was left fighting for her life after a tick bite left her infected with Lyme disease.

Yet just five years after her struggle for survival, she flies out to Beijing at the end of August as part of the 12-strong archery squad.

"It is the ultimate sporting achievement to represent your country at that level. It's an opportunity I never thought I'd have because of the bow categories and I'm looking forward to it very much," she said.

Team GB won gold in Athens four years ago, but there will be no team event in Beijing, so Clarke will be competing against her compatriots.

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 Lyme in Sports: Simpson leads Toshiba Classic

Lyme and SportsSimpson leads Toshiba Classic
Lexington Herald-Leader
AP


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. --Tim Simpson took the first-round lead in the Toshiba Classic with the best round of his Champions Tour career, a bogey-free, 8-under 63 on Friday that left him a shot clear of 2005 winner Mark Johnson.

The 51-year-old Simpson, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour whose career has been sidetracked by Lyme Disease and a series of injuries and other ailments, is winless in 44 starts in parts of three seasons on the 50-and-over tour.

"I shouldn't still be playing. I'm a walking miracle," said Simpson, who had brain stimulation surgery and an electrode planted in his head three years ago.

Photo: ANDREA MELENDEZ/THE REGISTER
Champions Tour player Tim Simpson had a nine-hour brain operation to correct a hand tremor that had kept him from playing golf.

He had five birdies in a six-hole stretch in ...

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