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Podcast

Monica White, on her years long struggle with Lyme disease and her advocacy as founder of the Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association

Learn more at wearechaffee.org

(Podcast Publication Date: 4.4.23)

Overview: In this episode of the We Are Chaffee: Looking Upstream podcast, host Adam Williams talks with Monica White, founder of the Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association.

Monica enjoyed a career as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service for a number of years, and then experienced a life-changing illness that took years just to get support for diagnosis, let alone treatment. It’s her path with Lyme disease, and that of her husband and their two children getting sick with it, as well, that inspired her to become an advocate in the field of tick-borne diseases.

In this conversation, Monica talks about the brutal shift, physically, mentally and emotionally, from an active, adventurous outdoor life to one of years long, ongoing isolation and grief, for her and her family.

She talks about why it was so extraordinarily difficult to get the medical community’s support in her diagnosis, and why Lyme disease continues to be such a challenging illness, in general, to get treatment for.

one little bite

COTBDAA President, Monica White shares her personal story of chronic Lyme disease, determination, and resilience.

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Outdoor Activity Tick Prevention Choices

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

AWARENESS

Know your risk and learn the signs and symptoms of disease no matter where you live, work, play or travel.

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CLOTHING & GEAR

Dress for prevention. Wear permethrin treated clothing and treat your boots and gear too!

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REPELLENTS

Use EPA approved repellents on skin. Talk to your veterinarian about tick prevention for pets.

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TICK CHECK

Check for ticks frequently when spending time in the outdoors, and when you return to your vehicle or home. Check your pets too!

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Colorado Tick Talks

Provide your outdoor employees, education groups and students with a Colorado Tick Talk! Learn how to protect yourself from tick-borne disease!

Citizen Science

Want to participate in furthering our knowledge of ticks and the diseases they may carry? Participate in the many research programs for tick and disease surveillance!