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'Living with Lyme'
Buena Vista woman hopes others can learn from her decade long struggle

From the Sept. 6, 2017 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   Around 10 years ago Buena Vista resident Keely McAllister began experiencing flu-like symptoms and assumed she indeed had the dreaded virus that has ruined many people's weeks. However, as the weeks and months went by, she realized she was facing something much more serious and soon began to wonder if it would ruin her life.
   She stayed as upbeat as possible, focusing on the fact that she had an "amazing daughter" in Cheyenne Melton and that she had found love through a rekindled relationship with longtime friend John McCorkle. Things were looking great, but she had nagging health issues.
   "I started feeling tired all the time," said McAllister. "I also became moody and unhappy. I went to the doctor thinking the 'flu' I'd had weeks prior was coming back."
   She took the normal round of antibiotics, but months later she was no better, actually worse. It began to impact her life.
   "I'd fall asleep 30 minutes into a movie," she recalls. "I'm an outside person, but I wouldn't go outside because I was always cold. I was achy and had horrible back pain."
   The symptoms continued ... The rest of the story.



The last decade has been a roller coaster ride for Keely McAllister as she saw doctor after doctor and received various opinions before finally being diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

Below are resources for anyone seeking
more information about Lyme Disease:

* About False Negative Tests - Diagnosis Issues
* WebMD - From Symptoms to Treatment