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Simmi O's Story

I was diagnosed with Lyme in the fall of 1997. I had no bull's eye rash or anything else. I had a raised growth on my leg where I was bitten by a mosquito, but thought nothing of it. I felt sick and achy for about six to eight months, and after many doctors' visits, decided to contact 1-800-tick bite.

I found a wonderful doctor who determined that I had Lyme and started me on an aggressive antibiotic treatment. She determined that my infection came from the mosquito bite. I also developed a cancerous tumor in my leg at the point of infection.

I also have rheumatoid arthritis from this horrible illness. I just want people to know that you can become infected with Lyme from a mosquito. I am only twenty-eight years old and I am facing a lifetime of dealing with this awful disease.

Thank God I have an extremely compassionate and understanding boyfriend who has on many occasions had to take care of me - carrying me up and down stairs and so on.

Thank You for letting me tell my story.

Simmi D. Oppenheimer
New Jersey

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