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Hidden face of Lyme Disease

Her first session was a success, she said, and she was happy to expose the two sides of Lyme Disease"medical and personal.

"They responded well and I really think and hope they took in what I was saying. The point I made was I wasn't there to lecture, I wanted to find a way to combine the personal with the actual symptoms and other things that go along with it," said Ahern. "Maybe they'll see it happens to normal young people in the prime of their lives and not just middle aged people, which is kind of the assumption."

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month and Moynihan planned other awareness activities, like selling bracelets and ribbons and handing out information about the disease. Last year, ribbon sales totaled $500, which went to help a family who's insurance didn't cover costs associated with Lyme Disease. This year's proceeds will go to either the Empire State Lyme Disease Association or another family facing the disease. Moynihan said many exist.

"We have a staff of about 70 people and eight people have either had it themselves or dealt with a family member having it in the last three years, and five middle schoolers experiencing it in some way," said Ahern. "People don't realize you can die from this disease if it's not treated and the community needs to know."

More information can be found at www.empirestatelymediseaseassociation.org.

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