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LYME DISEASE: TAHLIA SMITH’S JOURNEY

It’s an illness that affects thousands of Australians – but isn’t recognised by medical authorities. Last year, NBN News told the story of Tahlia Smith, a young woman in the fight of her life with Lyme Disease, who was desperately trying to raise funds to undergo treatment in Germany. Well, Tahlia made it – and the difference is truly remarkable. Here’s the first part of our feature about Tahlia’s journey.

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UNCOVERING LYME DISEASE: THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE

It’s the mystery illness costing the Australian economy tens of millions of dollars through misdiagnosis. Lyme Disease has the national medical community divided, and sufferers are looking to both tiers of government for answers. Lyme Disease and its existence in Australia is, to say the least – controversial. Dr Richard Schloeffel is one of few doctors who have openly voiced their view – that Lyme Disease can be contracted in Australia. “Clinically the disease is here, the evidence from overseas testing is positive I have patients responding very well to treatments for Lyme – you can’t just say because the test isn’t positive it doesn’t exist. It’s the testing that’s the problem it’s inadequate”. As a result, he says many sufferers are misdiagnosed, told they have Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neuron disease – when really, they have an illness that …

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UNCOVERING LYME DISEASE: THE SUFFERERS

Lyme disease is a bacterial illness spread by tick bites. The effects are devastating. Tahlia had been accepted to study a diploma in musical theatre at Sydney’s Brent Street, as well as at Melbourne’s Film and Television Studio International. She’s made several trips to America to pursue her dream of becoming an actress- and it’s on one of those trips, it’s thought she may have been bitten by a tick. In the US, the bacteria and resulting disease are well proven – each year 300,000 Americans are diagnosed. But the journey to receiving a diagnosis here in Australia, let alone treatment, is a torturous one. Despite thousands of documented cases across the country, and scientific evidence of the bacteria’s existence in Australia stemming back as far as the 1950’s – the federal government says there’s no concrete proof. As a result, …

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GIANT BOOTCAMP HELPS CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Around 200 people were put through their paces in Newcastle this morning, all in the name of charity. The colourful bootcamp at King Edward Park featured some well-known faces including The Block’s Max and Karstan, and raised more than $2,000 for Hunter children with autism. “It was more about awareness I suppose than raising money today too. Just getting it out there and the interest of why there are people in the park in colours and get’s them talking.” (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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PINK ANGELS FLY IN TO SAVE FUTURE CANCER SUFFERERS

A group of pink angels hit the streets of Surfers Paradise today raising awareness on smarter recovery methods for those who’ve survived cancer. Breast cancer survivor Libby Weston is the mastermind behind a “Think Pink, Live Green” seminar to be held on the Coast. The event will teach women how to survive and thrive against the disease. “you can reduce your risks by clean eating and green living, getting rid of toxins out of your life” “and it really helps with the recovery with the chemo and the radiotherapy if you’re doing healthy lifestyle things at the same time.

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PINK WALL DEDICATED TO CONNIE JOHNSON

When her brother made headlines for his uni-cycle marathon, Connie Johnson became the public face of breast cancer. But this brave woman is so much more than the disease she is fighting. That was the message passed on to local nursing students today.. Who, in return, passed on their own heartfelt messages.

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