San Mateo County, CA

Spouse and caregiver for Sherry, a Lyme survivor who has struggled with the disease for more than 10 years.

One of the biggest challenges contracting Lyme disease — for both patient and family members — is that as a patient you don’t really look like you have anything wrong with you, you look “good” and not obviously unhealthy even when suffering some debilitating symptoms. –Laird C.

Laird Cagan, Bay Area Lyme Foundation co-founder, shares his reflections watching and supporting his wife as she suffers through an ongoing battle with Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a pervasive disease that impacts the entire family structure and support system.

One Comment on “Laird C.

  1. I am a single parent of a recently divorced/single daughter who has had Lyme for 15 years. I have retired and my daughter lives with me and I applaud your story of how difficult it is to understand and watch the suffering of a loved one when no one else ever sees the emotional and physical devastation this disease does — not only to the victim of Lyme, but to the loved ones who can’t help or even give the support the victim needs. The only treatment we haven’t tried is a PICC line. But the antibiotics over many years have had lasting and devastating side effects. Thank you for your story which desperately needs to get out there.

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