Member for Page Kevin Hogan (centre) speaks with Di Ellis and Dianne Sommer about the recognition of Lyme disease in Australia
Member for Page Kevin Hogan (centre) speaks with Di Ellis and Dianne Sommer about the recognition of Lyme disease in Australia

FOR two Yamba women, the news that a senate inquiry into Lym

FOR two Yamba women, the news that a senate inquiry into Lyme-like illness and bullying of doctors has been welcomed.

Di Ellis and Diane Sommer have both been seriously ill over the past few years due to Lyme disease, and recently met with Member for Page Kevin Hogan to share their and other people’s experience with the illness.

“We’re very pleased with Kevin’s compassion and interest in this issue and would like to sincerely thank him for going out of his way,” she said.

“I met Kevin last year when he introduced himself and volunteered his services to be of assistance in any way possible.”

Ms Ellis said that Mr Hogan has since spoken to the health minister and is continuing to address the issue and would like to see more research undertaken.

She says that news of the senate inquiry has brought relief and support to many thousands of people who are struggling to get proper testing in Australia.

“Finally there may be some proper diagnosis and treatment of this condition which has been left to run rampant,” she said.

“The biggest concern is the number of people who may be affected by this illness but do not realise it.”

Testing in Australia is proving to be inaccurate leaving many people with a negative diagnosis while they could in fact be positive for the illness. Ms Ellis says people are paying $1500 for independent testing overseas but for many this is not a viable option.

While neither of the woman is able to officially diagnose or treat conditions, they are both passionate to share the information they have acquired. They will hold a health support and Lyme disease information evening in Yamba at the Treelands Drive Community Centre every first Tuesday of the month, the next one being on March 1 at 7 pm for a gold coin donation.

The senate inquiry closes on March 31 and for information visit www.lymedisease.org.au.



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