The Lyme Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness, education and advocacy about Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses.  Located in Chico, California, the Lyme Center serves Lyme patients, their caregivers and families throughout the Northern California area.  The Board Of Directors is comprised of individuals whom are compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated to raising awareness about Lyme disease.

6th Annual Lyme Aid Benefit Concert – A Success!

On June 7 we held a concert featuring the band “Hot Flash” and Silent Art Auction at the Chico CARD center.  It was a fun evening with fine music, food, dancing and art by local artists.

The Lyme Center Helps People Affected By Lyme

Recover Their “Camp Fire” Losses.

With A Grant From North Valley Community Foundation

  • I am truly touched to have The Lyme Center to assist me with some of my health expenses due to lost income from the stress and smoke of living in proximity to the Camp Fire disaster.  It's easy to feel alone and forgotten with a complex, chronic illness.  While this check certainly helps with my high monthly health costs, the meaning of this check goes beyond its dollar value to its symbolic value - here is an organization that is willing and interested in materially helping people like me who are struggling in the shadows.  I feel less invisible knowing that The Lyme Center wants to help me, and has helped me and others.  With gratitude and healing, Thank you.

    Sarah
  • Omg! I just checked my mail and I received an envelope from the Lyme Center.  I lost everything in the Camp Fire and can’t tell you how much this grant means to me.  Thank you for allowing me to participate in the program.  I'm so excited I'm going to replace my ionic foot bath and can now replace some of meds from the clinic.  So grateful to be part of the Lyme Center and for all that you do. Thank you again so much!

    Tanya
  • I can never Thank You enough for sending me a Grant. It  has helped me be able to get what I needed to improve my health because of the smoke damage from the fire. My costs on a monthly basis are huge normally, but when there was extra damage to my body my costs really increased. On my own I would not have able to get needed medicines to keep my Chronic Disease from taking me on a downward spiral.  Thank You from the bottom of my Heart.

    Judy

Monthly Support Group Meetings

3rd Monday of the month
5:30 – 7:00 PM

Northwood Commons Condo
Clubhouse – Meeting Room
Northwood Commons Place,
Chico, 95973

Installing Tick Warning Signs on Chico Area Parks’ Hiking and Biking Trails

Warning the Public of ticks, and therefore possible Lyme Disease infection, ” has always been of primary importance to The Lyme Center. A pilot project initiated in 2017 has resulted in the first signs being installed by the Chico Public Works Dept.

“Recently, we have been able to purchase 20 signs manufactured specifically under guidelines supplied to us by Chico Public Works Dept. for placement in Bidwell Park. We wish to thank Linda Herman and all the staff at Chico City Public Works Dept., for their guidance and co-operation with this project. We feel this will be a major step towards informing Chico Park users of the possible dangers associated with tick bites and tick borne diseases like Lyme. We have plans to manufacture and donate more signs for park trail placement soon. Thank you to all donors and sponsors of Lyme Aid 2018 for helping us make this happen.”

Chico Monthly Support Group and TLC Help Line

The Help Line (530 – 877 – 6666) for patients and their families has seen a ” 100% increase in requests for infection information about CDC-recognized symptoms, local support group contacts, and patient to patient support since Sept. 2017. Many calls for assistance originate from other states as well as “all over Northern California.” Lyme Patients from Sacramento, Concow, Oroville, Paradise, and Forest Ranch attend the Chico Monthly Support Group as evidence of the growing need for Lyme Patient support services in all areas of Northern California.

2019 will see an expansion of our (TLC) efforts at outreach to those infected and affected by this debilitating disease. 

What is Lyme Disease?

  • A spirochete (“SPY-ROH- KEET”) infection transmitted by an infected tick
  • Scientific name for Lyme Disease is Borrelia burgdorferi

What are the symptoms?

Lyme Disease can affect all organs of the body

  • Fever/chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive issues
  • Anxiety
  • Memory/Cognitive issues
  • plus numerous other symptoms

Emerging Research, Diagnosis & Treatment Of Lyme Disease & Tick Borne Illness Conference

Two board members from The Lyme Center attended the conference in September, held at Stanford University and sponsored by The Bay Area Lyme Foundation.

6th Annual Lyme Aid Benefit Concert – A Success!

On June 7 we held a concert featuring the band “Hot Flash” and Silent Art Auction at the Chico CARD center.  It was a fun evening with fine music, food, dancing and art by local artists.

The Lyme Center Helps People Affected By Lyme

Recover Their “Camp Fire” Losses.

With A Grant From North Valley Community Foundation

  • I am truly touched to have The Lyme Center to assist me with some of my health expenses due to lost income from the stress and smoke of living in proximity to the Camp Fire disaster.  It's easy to feel alone and forgotten with a complex, chronic illness.  While this check certainly helps with my high monthly health costs, the meaning of this check goes beyond its dollar value to its symbolic value - here is an organization that is willing and interested in materially helping people like me who are struggling in the shadows.  I feel less invisible knowing that The Lyme Center wants to help me, and has helped me and others.  With gratitude and healing, Thank you.

    Sarah
  • Omg! I just checked my mail and I received an envelope from the Lyme Center.  I lost everything in the Camp Fire and can’t tell you how much this grant means to me.  Thank you for allowing me to participate in the program.  I'm so excited I'm going to replace my ionic foot bath and can now replace some of meds from the clinic.  So grateful to be part of the Lyme Center and for all that you do. Thank you again so much!

    Tanya
  • I can never Thank You enough for sending me a Grant. It  has helped me be able to get what I needed to improve my health because of the smoke damage from the fire. My costs on a monthly basis are huge normally, but when there was extra damage to my body my costs really increased. On my own I would not have able to get needed medicines to keep my Chronic Disease from taking me on a downward spiral.  Thank You from the bottom of my Heart.

    Judy
  • I was just able to retrieve my mail as we have recently completed our Lyme treatment in Reno. Both my husband and I received checks from the lyme center.  I wanted to say, thank you so much!!! It has been a very tough several months and financially very stressful. The help is very, very much appreciated! Words can not express our gratitude.

    Nick and Adessa

The Lyme Center’s 2nd Annual LYME

Disease Educational Seminar

DRAWS A BIG CROWD!

A testament to the growing number of people affected by Lyme Disease in Butte County, our annual educational seminar held at Enloe Conference Center in October 2018 was attended by 120 people suffering from or affected by Lyme disease.  Sunjya Schweig MD, a well known  Lyme literate physician from The “California Center for Functional Medicine” in Berkeley, CA was the keynote speaker.  Danielle Cook, a health coach from CCFMed also spoke.  Their presentation was followed by 30 minutes of Q & A.  Chico Lyme patients are so ardent for information that they lined up for over an hour after the presentation to speak with Dr. Schweig and Danielle who stayed until every question was answered.  A big thank you to them both for coming to Chico to inform and educate us.  Also thanks to Enloe for the excellent venue.

The Many Faces of Lyme

The following stories written by LYME patients are published here without alteration or editing , and are reproduced here exactly as received by THE LYME CENTER. They speak for themselves – plainly and powerfully! Do you have a LYME STORY? Please honor our first BRAVE pioneers sharing their accounts below! Join our voices – Share your story! Not in CHICO? We welcome all – California, USA, Canada, across the world!

Jeanette

I was born and raised in Johnson County, Iowa, and spent my childhood summers in Curtis, Michigan (upper peninsula), a Lyme endemic area.  I have 2 confirmed tick bites: one in Steamboat Lake, MN (1991), and the other in Costa Rica Rain Forest (1996). Multiple tick bites and rashes throughout childhood in Michigan and Iowa. […]

Greg

I am a 40 year old California native who grew up playing many sports and brought that into adulthood, mainly playing basketball, hiking, and having vicious games of ping pong.  I enjoy many other hobbies including guitar, cooking, travel, and photography when not working as a psychotherapist.  Each summer I would help lead a group […]

Michael

I was a Post – World War II young kid growing up in the 1950 ‘s . We lived in San Diego County’s rural and agricultural area . We had orange groves , avocado groves , and I explored every canyon , hill , and meadow within 10 miles of Home !  I was an […]

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Lyme Facts

TLC ‘ s Mission Statement : ” To promote community awareness, education, and advocacy about Lyme Disease and other tick – borne illnesses

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Our mission is to promote community awareness, education, and advocacy about Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses