"Who are you?", a new Facebook contact asked me. "If only I knew", I replied. She laughed and asked me what I did. Oh, does what we do define who we are? The question remained: what do I actually do, around Lyme Disease?
When I was asked to give a seven minute lecture called Lyme for Laymen at the old school of a young Dutchman who committed suicide because of Lyme, I used the images of Hobbits. On the left side Hobbits that were eating, drinking and having fun.
On the right side an exhausted Frodo leaning on his friend Sam on the slope of Mount Doom. I used it as a metaphor of the abyss in experience that I had to cross in seven minutes. It worked for the audience.
"Is your book for sale yet?"
"No! It isn't!"
"What..!? Why not?"
"Because I have made it Priceless..."
"But... can I get it?"
Why indeed would someone want to read anything about Lyme? If you are a caretaker or friend close to someone with Lyme, it is clear why: because you try so hard to understand what your loved one is going through and understand why the system isn't helping them. Then my book Shifting the Lyme Paradigm is directly meant for you. Yes, for you and not for your sick loved ones. But why would you want to read a book about Lyme, if the topic does not seem relevant to you? There is so much else that demands your attention, isn't there?