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Cedar Falls Man Battling Lyme Disease for Nearly 30 Years

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Warm weather is here. The Center for Disease Control and and Prevention says beware of the ticks. During the summer months people are at a higher risk of being bitten.

This tick bite has dramatically effected nearly half of this man's life.

He is struggling with depression and self esteem issues and today with the amount of money treatment costs.

"Gosh we've probably spent 12 to 15 thousand dollars"

All of that money spent on a 28 year battle with Lyme disease. Jeremy Turner says a tick possibly bit him at age 17.

"One of the classic symptoms of having Lyme Disease with a tick bite is a bulls eye rash, but I don't ever recall having that," said Jeremy Turner, 45.

After years of being misdiagnosed with depression, allergies and anxiety finally he got diagnosed.

"I got tested for Lyme Disease and it came back positive," said Turner.

Three doctors and many treatments later, Jeremy is starting to use supplements to kill off the parasite the tick infected him with.

"Your body is dealing with parasite all the time and part of the problem with treating it is this Lyme parasite creates whats called a bio film its sort of a hard shell around the parasite itself that makes it impervious or immune to antibiotics so you have to break down this bio-film for the antibiotics to be able to kill the parasite," said Turner.

Ticks carrying Lyme Disease are most commonly found in wooded areas or tall grasses. People who spend a lot of time outdoors are at high risk for being bitten.

"You can knock it out right away if you catch it right away, but if you've had it for a while than its much harder to get rid of," said Turner.

Today, Jeremy says he still feels the symptoms he has been experiencing for nearly 30 years

"You get worse before you get better. You knock out the bugs they release toxins as they die off your body has to process all of that stuff and you get worse before you get better," said Turner.

Jeremy stresses, if you experience flu like symptoms or just feel off, see a doctor.

"I know there are a lot of people who go through this sort of thing and spend a lot of money on it," said Turner.

About 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease are reported to CDC each year.

To assure you are not infected with the disease, stay away from areas with tall grasses and check yourself for ticks after being outside.

For more prevention and treatment protocols visit http://www.cdc.gov/Lyme/index.html.

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