Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kentucky Governor Officially Declares May as Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Awareness Month

Governor Steven Beshear recently signed a proclamation declaring May 2015 as Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Awareness Month in Kentucky. It is the first time in our states history that May, which is nationally known as Lyme Disease Awareness Month, has been so designated. And it's been a long time in coming. It is a step forward for Lyme and tick-borne diseases awareness, and certainly for those of us living here in the great state of Kentucky. Several other states also have similar proclamations but I hope even more will follow suit.

All tick-borne diseases, including Lyme, Babesia, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Bartonella, Powassan Virus, etc, can cause very serious illness with some being potentially life-threatening. This is why proper awareness and education is so needed.

As a Lyme Disease patient, and on behalf of my fellow Kentuckians, I want to thank Governor Beshear, and Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes, for this proclamation, as well as those who worked so hard to advocate for it. In the bigger picture I know there's still much work to be done, but this helps to establish a more solid foundation. I am seeing more good change happening overall. And I'm happy to see some of it taking place in my home state.

With hope,

~ Michelle