Maureen’s Story

Hi my name is Maureen Seaward and I suffer from Lyme Disease.

I was bitten by a Tick while on holiday in Australia in 2009. I also tested positive for Babesia…. You now ask what is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is caused by an infected Tick.


They borrow their head under your skin, to feed off your blood and while they do that, they are releasing a spirochete called Borellia into your body. This Borellia then spreads through your body and no part is spared.

The Tick may also carry other infections that you need to be tested for. Bartonella and Babesia are two of the infections, that are very common.
Ticks are all over the world so you can be infected in any Country.
Lyme Disease can mimic over 300 diseases so can be very hard to pick up at first. Some people may get a rash or an EM on their body which is a definite sign of Lyme Disease.This EM rash can also looks like Ring Worm

bulls eye

Lyme Disease can mimic MS, Parkinson’s, Motor Neuron Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Flu, Joint problems and Muscle weakness and the list goes on…

It took me 3 years to get diaginosed after going through a lot of other testing, so by that time, a lot of damage had been done to my body.
To be tested, you contact Igenex in America and they will send out a blood kit, then you need to go to your Doctor to get your bloods drawn, then send the Kit back to America. They take up to 6 weeks to send your results back to your Doctor.
We don’t have any Lyme Disease Doctors here in New Zealand so people have to travel to Australia to see one and hopefully your local GP will work with the Aussie Doctor for your medication. Then you can do follow up Appointments with your Australian Doctor by Phone or Skype.
Treatment time for Lyme Disease can be very long and slow depending on what damage it has done to your body and how long you have been infected. You may end up being treated for years. Many different antibiotics are used so the bugs don’t become immune to them.

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If you have any questions please email Maureen at: and I will help you to the best of my knowledge with any questions you may have.

the great imitator