I grew up in Connecticut – the state that Lyme Disease was first discovered. It is named after Old Lyme, CT. The northeast is well known for ticks and tick bites. I always knew this growing up there. It was important to check your skin and hair after being outside especially in the woods when you came in. The sign of a tick bite can sometimes be described as a bulls eye shape on the skin. These were always in the back of your mind.
A few years ago, I met Mary Ann through a women’s networking group that I am a part of. I had a very nice conversation with her at one of our social gatherings years ago. After that, I saw her at a few more meetings and as with many other members of the group we became friends on Facebook. It was through her Facebook posts that I learned of her illness. From her posts on Facebook and Instagram it became apparent to me that I knew almost nothing about Lyme Disease. Well, except for the fact that it is carried and transmitted through ticks. I felt very uninformed and was very unaware at just how serious this disease is. Realizing my own small amount of knowledge on the subject, made me want to educate myself and others about the disease.
May is Lyme Disease awareness month. These last few days, let’s finish it off strong!! I wanted to do something in honor of Mary Ann and her cause to help spread the word. Mary Ann was faced with the beginning stages of Lyme disease 9 years ago and has been fighting everyday since then. Her story is heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. Now in the third stage of the disease mostly bedridden, she does everything she can to take the positive out of such a terrible thing and help raise awareness. She is the founder of Be Kind for Lyme Campaign. You can follow Be Kind For Lyme on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
I also encourage you to just visit the What is Lyme? website to see what this disease is all about. It is far, far more than just a bull’s eye rash. It is an extremely serious disease that in some cases has led people to death from the disease and in some cases suicide. Please, please be aware of ways to avoid getting bitten and educate yourself.
Mary Ann has always been a big fan and supporter of my jewelry since I met her. I thought making a piece of jewelry in her honor, in lime color sea glass and auctioning it off would be a great way to help with awareness and raising money for research.
To bid on the necklace all you have to do is comment below with your bid and bidding will end May 31st at 11:59:59 EST. Bidding starts at $25 USD. Once the auction is complete I will send an invoice to the winning bid via Paypal. 100% of the winning bid will go to the LymeLight Foundation which mission is to provide grants to enable eligible children and young adults with Lyme disease to receive proper treatment and medication as well as raising awareness about Lyme disease.
This 18″ necklace is made in all sterling silver and features a lime colored genuine piece of sea glass. The word “KIND” is hand stamped into the necklace, a word that is the leading theme of Mary Ann’s campaign, Be Kind For Lyme.
If you are not able to bid, at least take the time to educate yourself by visiting these sites.
You can read more about Mary Ann and her story here where she has been spotlighted on the What is Lyme website.
Be kind to those you meet, for everyone is fighting some kind of battle. Giving a smile to someone costs nothing. Just be kind.