Tell Your Story Basics

We want your STORIES –  How do you begin to write a letter that adequately tells your story? Does that task seem overwhelming? Here is a basic guideline list to help make it less overwhelming –

Here are the three little things to use for your letters

  1. Tell the Basics of your story.
  2. Tell More Specifics.
  3. The Recommended Closure.  (This is just NC Lyme Advocacy’s recommendation as closures can sometimes be difficult to write)

In order to further assist you with your letter writing, here are some suggestions that you could use for each of the three items.

  1. Tell the Basics
  • Your First Name or Initials
  • Where you live in North Carolina
  • Where you got your tick bite (if you know)
  • How long it took to get diagnosed

2.  Tell More Specifics

  • Your initial symptoms
  • How you were treated initially
  • The consequences (personal, occupational, financial)
  • Did you have to go Out of State for treatment?
  • If you’ve begun treatment, how has that affected you?
  • If you’ve not begun treatment, why not?

3.  The Recommendation Closure

We recommend using one of the two following themes

  • The Basic Closure:  Doctors, we ask that you objectively educate patients on the   endemic counties for Lyme Disease and the lab testing limitations. If you opt not to treat based on clinical symptoms, please refer patients to other resources such as www.ilads.org for other options.
  • The Advanced Closure:  Are you aware that Lyme is a ‘reportable disease’ in North Carolina? It is important for all physicians to follow through with reports for a true epidemiological representation of what patients are experiencing in this state. Doctors, we ask that you objectively educate patients on the   endemic counties for Lyme Disease and the lab testing limitations. If you opt not to treat based on clinical symptoms, please refer patients to other resources such as www.ilads.org for other options.

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How to participate:

  1. Utilize the bullet points listed to assist you in your letter writing.
  2. Address your letters to NC Health Care Providers
  3. Keep your letters to only ONE PAGE.
  4. Sign your letter using your initials and location (e.g., P.S., Raleigh NC)
  5. Email completed letter to “lymeletters@gmail.com

We will happily answer any questions you have.  Email us at nclymeadvocacy@gmail.comSend your letters to lymeletters@gmail.com

Thank you again for your participation.  It is also crucial that you recruit others for this campaign.

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4 Responses to Tell Your Story Basics

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  3. I am publishing a book of Lyme bios. It will be on the Market in October. Can I share this link with my participants?

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