My name is Daniel Stimers and I am 11 years old. I have been battling Lyme disease since birth. I was finally diagnosed with Lyme in March of 2014, by a doctor in the U.S. when my symptoms started to get worse and I would get awful dizzy spells and painful headaches as well as random pains. My mom also has Lyme but the difference between my Lyme and my Mom’s Lyme is that mine is congenital and my Mom’s is from a tick bite.
Last year I started the Lyme Education Team (L.E.T. ) primarily made up of elementary school students ready to join the Lyme disease movement. Our goal is to make schools, towns, and citys across Ontario more knowledgeable about Lyme Disease. We raised $240 at our first Lyme awareness day at one school and hope to reach more schools this year. The Lyme community now has one more Organization helping spread awareness and educating people about prevention and treatment.
In terms of awareness I have posted an Introduction to Lyme Disease video on YouTube and am in the process of making new videos. Lyme Fact Fridays and The Best of David Skidmore (Author of Lyme Loonies) will soon be appearing on my channel (L.E.T Ontario). I will be speaking before my town Council and making an appearance on Rogers’ Georgina Life show in May in support of Lyme awareness month. If readers would like me to speak about Lyme disease at a school or business or at an event please email LymeTalkOntario@gmail.com.
Having lived through Lyme and seen first hand what Lyme has done to my family, I want to prevent it from happening to another family. Please join me, my team, and many other organizations as we work to spread awareness and educate as many people as we can.
Please take the time to watch one of the most inspirational speeches at VOCAL 2017 by advocate Ethel Nalule.
18 years old. Articulate, strong, courageous and determined to speak, to be heard and to make waves in what sometimes appears to be an endless ocean of apathy.
However, our collective voices are making a difference and we will overcome. Thank you Ethel.