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'The Past Two Years Have Felt Like My Darkest Moments': One Young Woman's Battle With Lyme Disease

Sunday 1 July 2018


From UK news service SomersetLive:


India Matthews (left)
India (left) struggled to get a diagnosis
(Image: India Matthews)

'The past two years have felt like my darkest moments': One young woman's battle with Lyme disease

India Matthews was having the time of her life in Thailand - then everything changed

By Jonathan Coles
26 June 2018
© 2018 Local World

A young woman from Bath has revealed how her world was turned upside down after she contracted Lyme disease while travelling in May 2016.

India Matthews was travelling round Asia with a friend after finishing her A-levels, and was excited to be taking up a place at Newcastle University that autumn.

Young, healthy and energetic, India, then 18, was typical of many teenagers, and was not expecting to be floored by illness.

Sitting in a restaurant in Thailand, she was browsing the menu when she felt a spider on her arm.

She said: “The next thing I know, it bites me. I flicked it off, but my arm started throbbing."

India, now 20, continued her evening as planned, but something was not right. Her arm was still itchy days later, and had started to swell in size.

Determined to enjoy herself, she tried to ignore the pain. But after two weeks the problem had worsened.



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