Doctorless Disease: Lyme Disease Victims Search for Answers
story & illustrations by Chelsea Gomez
he crowd is growing inside the tiny atrium at St. John Catholic High school, forcing the custodians to bring in more seating. Tonight is a one-of-a-kind event and the people of Perth, Ontario have shown up. The guest speaker is Dr. Jennifer Armstrong, one of the few Canadian doctors willing to publically discuss chronic Lyme disease. Her willingness to address the crowd is groundbreaking for this small town, which has seen numerous Lyme cases in recent years. Tonightâ€™s attendees are only a fraction of the growing Lyme community across the country seeking information about a disease for which diagnosis and treatment in Canada is woefully inadequate.