The owner of Maxfield Real Estate is more than casually familiar with Lyme disease. Chip Maxfield has been a sufferer of over 19 symptoms of Lyme disease for over 5 years. Those symptoms coincided with the unfortunate incident of stepping into a deer tick nest while golfing. Chip had between 60 and 100 ticks on his leg. It wasn’t until he found a doctor that was willing to treat Lyme disease as a long-term disease, that his symptoms were seen as those of a Lyme disease sufferer and not as symptoms of individual diseases.
If you are in the Wolfeboro area on Sunday October 16th, please be sure to come to the Kingswood Arts Center from 2pm to 5pm for a screening of the documentary film “Under Our Skin”. There will also be a question and answer period with a panel of experts on the subject.
This disease is much more widespread than people realize. The key is to become educated in the symptoms of the disease and be firm and insistent with your physician if you have any suspicions that you may have been exposed to Lyme disease.
Some other great sources of information on this subject can be found here. The more information and education we can get on this subject will hopefully cut down on the number of cases, such as Chip’s, that go undetected for such a long time. And in the future, it may help the AMA to recognize this disease for what it is; invasive, pervasive and long-term.