Jennifer and Lauryn have been so busy down in Springfield trying to make a change for the better for Lyme Suffers.  On Friday, the House Chamber passed the Lauryn Russell Lyme Disease Prevention and Protection Act 104/1.  It was a very exciting day, but still more work to do as this proceeds to the Senate.  Thank you to Lacy for taking care of things back home.

Unfortunately, the Department of Public Health does not have accurate reporting of Lyme Disease. At Spotlight on Lyme QCA we feel it is very important for the Public to be aware as to what is taking place in their area. CAPC, Companion Animal Parasite Council has a great interactive prevalence map. If your Veterinarian uses ANTECH Diagnostics or IDEXX Laboratories then there results get published on the Prevalence map. This really gives the Public more of an idea of the risk of ticks in their area.!! Here are the links to Illinois and Iowa.

http://www.petsandparasites.org/parasite-prevalence-maps/#2018/all/lyme-disease/dog/united-states/illinois/

http://www.petsandparasites.org/parasite-prevalence-maps/#2018/all/lyme-disease/dog/united-states/iowa/

UPDATE:  On March 14th, two of our Lyme Advocates went back to Springfield for a Meeting with Representative Swanson, Senator Neil Anderson, Illinois Department of Public Health representatives, Illinois State Medical Society representatives, Osteopath Society representatives, Senator Manar’s Staffer, Illinois House Republican Staffer, Illinois House Democratic Staffer and many others.  It was a very tough meeting, but in the end, we couldn’t have asked for anything better!!!  The Illinois State Medical Society has asked for 2 weeks to put together a more inclusive Bill that will include more aspects to make it a better Bill.  We are giving them this opportunity to see what they come up with.  They assured us several times they understand the depths of the Lyme Issue in Illinois and will do everything they can to make it great.  They again commended our little warrior Lauryn and all her advocacy and they will pay tribute to her.  We also thank Dr. Betty Maloney for jumping on the phone and helping us with the more scientific issues that got brought up.  We have great Legislatures on our side and are confident we will have a Lyme Bill in Illinois soon!!!

On Monday, March 5, 2018, a small group meet at Representative Dan Swanson’s office to discuss Bill 4515 and what it means to have Lyme.  In attendance was, Representative Dan Swanson, Senator Neil Anderson, Representative Michael Halpin, Illinois State Medical Society, and Advocates – Jennifer and Lauryn Russell, Sarah Wessells, and Linda Kehart.  The Illinois State Medical Society listened to the advocates and their stories.

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, a group of Lyme Advocates headed to Springfield to testify to the Health Care Licensing Committee.  In attendance was Jennifer and Lauryn Russell, Sarah Wessells, Kimberly Freeze and Linda Kehart.  The advocates were informed that the Illinois State Medical Board would be beginning a large Awareness campaign.  At the Hearing, Lauryn Russell did an awesome job of captivating the Legislators attention and it was clear that they will not allow this tragedy to continue.  All other testimony really reiterated what Lauryn said and showed that this is a state-wide issue and not just isolated incidents. The Committee made it clear that this must move quickly.

Another meeting has been scheduled for the next week for all State Department Heads , Legislatures, Advocates and their Lawyer to come together and decide on the best language changes for the Bill.

On February 12, 2018 our Lyme Bill #4515 was officially filed!!!  This Bill will help protect physicians that are willing to treat those suffering.  Also, will help those just bitten get the proper treatment needed to get past the lifecycle of the Lyme bacteria.

We are very excited for this opportunity to help others not have to suffer searching and searching for treatment.!!  Thank you Representative Dan Swanson for believing in our Lauryn!!!

Shannon White, DC from Chiropractic in Motion, West Des Moines will be coming to Shipman Chiropractic in Bettendorf, IA on February 27, 2018.  Time to be announced..  Dr. White is a Chiropractor, Homeopathic and Acupuncturist who has treated many patients with Lyme Disease.  She will be sharing her protocol that she has seen success with, includes Homeopathy, herbs and DesBio treatment.  If Dr. White gets enough people interested in our area, she is willing to travel here to see patients.  Please come join us to hear Dr. Shannon!

What a great meeting with Senator Neil Anderson!!  We talked about the issues us Lymies face and brainstorming how we can make changes.  We even snuck in a little taking a bite out of lyme!!.  We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are determined!  Thank you Senator for your support as we work together to find a solution through careful research and planning.  What a FUN day!!!

We are super excited to announce that LabCorp has officially become new partners with Shipman Chiropractic and Spotlight on Lyme QCA.  We are using our knowledge to educate them on our concerns and needs as Lyme sufferers.  Lauryn and Autumn, our Lyme Warriors, will be making a trip to tour their lab to further discuss our needs for more accurate testing.  We are super excited to have them on board.