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.

LYME SUPPORT GROUP

COVID 19 Update

We are here for you during this pandemic, sharing information and facts. We are sharing many links to talks and resources of interest to Lyme patients on our Facebook page. We will be holding our regular support group meetings on the third Monday of the month via Zoom. You can call our Help Line or email for more information. To receive the link and announcements for upcoming meetings please email us and we will add you to the list. We also sponsor a group FB page – Chico Lyme Community where you can ask questions or share information with other members.

Next Zoom Support Group Meeting

Sarah Lee will be sharing her Lyme Journey from a professional career to disability and how she turned it around and regained her health and a full life.

November 16th, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, PST.
Everyone is welcome to join us.

The Zoom meeting ID: 348 373 3305
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3483733305

Lyme Support Group News

We have had some interesting health care professionals speak at our monthly Lyme Support Group meetings via Zoom.

At our October meeting, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, PhD from The Karlfeldt Center www.thekarlfeldtcenter.com in Boise Idaho spoke on optimizing the immune system and his integrative approach to treating chronic Lyme and co-infections. He was the host of the Dr. Michael Show, which aired 100 episodes discussing important health-related topics.  Currently, he hosts the TV show True Health: Body, Mind, Spirit (www.truehelthshow.com), available on Amazon Prime, and the radio show Health Made Radio where he connects with international leaders in the health arena.

At our September meeting, Dr. Brian Plante ND from Revolutions Naturopathic www.revolutionsdocs.com with clinics in Roseville and Folsom CA spoke on the naturopathic approach to treating chronic illness and Lyme.  Dr. Plante’s approach to health care is based on the science of natural medicine with a deep inquiry into how best to support the processes of healing.  He specializes in treating Tick Borne Illness.  Dr. Plante offers a free 15 minute telehealth session for prospective patients.

Stay tuned for our upcoming speakers. 

Lyme Center Awarded Butte County Grant Money

The Lyme Center received a $20000 grant from Butte County to help with lost revenue from fundraising due to COVID. We are now able to fund our Lyme testing program for Butte County individuals suspecting they have Lyme & unable to afford proper testing thru Igenex Labs. To apply for testing please contact TheLymeCenter@gmail.com or call (530) 877-6666.

The Lyme Center Helps People Affected By Lyme Recover Their “Camp Fire” Losses. With A Grant From North Valley Community Foundation

Tick Season Arrives Amid COVID

Lyme Center Article published in the Fall 2020 issue of the Lotus Guide

With everyone focused on how to avoid the virus, it is easy to forget that Fall, with its cooler temperatures and wet weather, is Tick Season. Butte County is home to the Black Legged Tick (Deer Tick) which has been found to carry the Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, as well as other tick related pathogens or co-infections. According to Matt Ball, of Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District, the tick season in our area begins in the Fall and continues through the Spring until the dry, hot weather returns. When the grass and foliage dry out the ticks go into hibernation. The BCMVD collects ticks in the area and submits them for testing for the most common strain of Lyme producing bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi. According to Matt, they are finding not much of a problem in the ticks on the Valley floor but as soon as you go slightly up in elevation, the Lyme carrying Deer Ticks are prevalent. These areas include but are not limited to Upper Bidwell Park, the area surrounding Lake Oroville, Paradise and Magalia.

Testimonials

  • 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 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!

Tanya

I was 33 and living in Vacaville, CA when I was bitten by a tick in my front yard.  At the time I had no knowledge of ticks and/or Lyme Disease.  In 2008 my 1st symptoms showed up. Every month or so I had a new symptom arise.  I got to the point where my […]

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 […]

Please click on FACES OF LYME at top of our Home Page and add your voice to THE MANY FACES OF LYME!

Lyme Facts

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

Want to make a tax-deductible donation towards any of the projects mentioned above? Please click here, or call (530) 877-6666.

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

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