Sturbridge Lyme Awareness of MA​​

​"Together we can make a difference"


​​Lyme test negative? You may still have Lyme disease... People ask why is it so hard to be properly diagnosed and then treated for Lyme disease? It's because testing is poor and often turns out negative when in fact a patient is positive for Lyme. Without early treatment Lyme can become very serious and infect every part of the body. It will be through advocacy and legislation that our circumstances will change and with the advocacy of organizations on the front lines of tick-borne illnesses. Our primary care doctors are being told Lyme is hard to get and easy to treat. It is our hope physician education will improve and through the work of the organizations listed below those suffering will have resources to finding better testing and treatment options.

Prevention is key but for those who are already infected consider checking out our resource links to learn how you can educate yourself and find a specialist who understands tick borne diseases.  

S.L.A.M. is located in central Massachusetts and is committed to raising awareness of Chronic Lyme disease.  According to the CDC over 300,000 people a year are now affected with Lyme disease and the co-infections that are associated with tick-borne diseases. The CDC estimates only 10% of actual cases are ever reported. Lyme should be considered as a differential diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, MS, ALS, Parkinson's, Autism, Neurologic disorders, Psychological issues and other diseases not responding to standard treatment.

Currently our Lyme literate doctors are few and far between. These doctors, however, are our key to being properly tested for Lyme and the co-infections that might be making you ill. They are our only hope for up to date treatment of Lyme and TBD's. We can help you find one. Check out our Mission/Resources page!

​​S.L.A.M. works to raise awareness of Lyme and tick borne illnesses and works in support of State and Federal legislation that is supported by the Lyme community. We ask that you contact your state legislators to tell you story. Every voice counts!

S.L.A.M. is host to a monthly support group "Tick Talk"  which is open to lyme sufferers and their family members. Please see our calendar page for dates and times or contact S.L.A.M@msn.com

MA Governor,   Deval Patrick has signed a Proclamation declaring the month of May as "Lyme Disease Awareness Month" in response to S.L.A.M.'s request. Thank you Governor!

S.L.A.M. has received citations from both the Senate and House of Representatives for their work in Lyme disease awareness! Thank you to Senator Brewer and Representative Todd Smola for your support and recognition!​​​