By Caitlin Coakley
Since she was 10 years old, Tricia Kovacs remembers being sick and not knowing why.
“It was documented that I was going to doctors seeking treatment for joint pain and things like that,” she said, “and no one could come up with a reason for why I was sick.”
Though Kovacs was diagnosed with Lyme disease when she was 16, by the time she was in her early 20s her condition had persisted to the point where she could barely get out of bed, and every day was accompanied by an ache in her joints that would not go away. The disease had begun to affect her cognitive functions, to the point where she couldn’t drive because she didn’t recognize what a traffic light meant or couldn’t look up a page in a book.
“I could count, but I couldn’t look at a number and know it was higher or lower than another number,” Kovacs said. “I was so sick.”
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