Lyme Connection and the Ridgefield Library present an Author Talk with Lori Dennis who will discuss her memoir Lyme Madness: Rescuing My Son Down The Rabbit Hole of Chronic Lyme Disease .
Chronic Lyme disease is a complicated, confusing, and terrifying abyss—a black hole of human suffering, conflicting views, widespread corruption, and unrelenting medical navigation. Lyme Madness chronicles the author’s and adult son’s medical odyssey while capturing the current landscape of immeasurable suffering, twisted politics and medical madness that ensues worldwide. It provides a platform for the many voices of chronic Lyme sufferers, caregivers, and activists, along with the very few doctors and politicians all fighting for awareness, support and justice around the globe.
Lori Dennis, M.A., is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice with a focus on depression, anxiety, grief, adhd, interpersonal conflict, and more. Her current focus is to spread the message of Lyme Madness, to help create a handbook for Lyme Literate Therapists and to help grow a network of healers who can support chronic Lyme sufferers worldwide.
This program is co-sponsored by Lyme Connection and the Library and is also part of the Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life series. Lyme Connection is an all- volunteer initiative created by the Town of Ridgefield (CT). Our mission is to make the community a healthier place by protecting people from contracting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and connecting patients and their families to helpful resources. Read more about our support groups, seminars and prevention programs at LymeConnection.org.
Books will be available for sale and for signing. Please register.
Tick-borne disease prevention expert Dr. Neeta Connally and Master Gardener Tessa O’Regan are teaming up to teach effective strategies for staying safe from ticks while still enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you’re a weekend gardener or avid hiker, pet owner or parent, you’ll benefit from hearing the latest research on disease prevention along with landscaping tips for reducing ticks in your yard. This program covers the complete “tool box” of prevention options and provides the perfect opportunity to ask questions. Everyone will leave with a free tick tweezer … just in case.
Dr. Neeta Connally is an associate professor of biology and oversees the Tickborne Disease Prevention Laboratory at Western Connecticut State University. Her primary research interests focus upon the backyard prevention of Lyme and other tickborne diseases in the northeastern US. She holds a Master of Science in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, as well as a Ph.D. in medical entomology from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to joining the faculty at WCSU, Dr. Connally was an associate research scientist working on Lyme disease prevention at Yale School of Public Health. Some of her current research projects include evaluating tick repellent clothing, as well as testing an integrated tick management approach to disease prevention in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and the TickEncounter Resource Center at the University of Rhode Island. She has served as the scientific advisor for the Ridgefield Health Department’s BLAST Tick-borne Disease Prevention Program since 2008. Dr. Connally resides in Ridgefield with her husband, two children, two Australian shepherds, and 14 chickens.
Tessa O'Regan is a lover of kids, dogs and sunny days outdoors! She is a certified Landscape Designer, Lighting Designer and a Master Gardener, who has been gardening professionally in Fairfield county for the past fifteen years. A member of NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farmers's Association. Tessa's goal is to help homeowners and businesses create their dream landscape in an ecologically responsible manner. Tessa lives in Ridgefield with her husband and 14 year old Golden Retriever "puppy", Gretzky.
This program is sponsored by the Ridgefield Health Department’s BLAST Tick-borne Disease Prevention Program, Lyme Connection, Rotary Club of Ridgefield, Western Connecticut Health Network and the Ridgefield Library. It is also part of the Library's Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life series.
Come learn how to plan, plant, maintain and harvest your own edible garden with Homefront Farmer Owner and Manager John Carlson who with his team designs and builds custom at-home gardens. The goal is the help people produce their own food organically so that they can enjoy their own farm to table meals! There is such value associated with having your own edible garden. Here are just three of the benefits:
Good for you… Grown naturally and picked at the peak of freshness.
Good for your family… A teaching moment about where food comes from and the freshest, tastiest ingredients.
Good for the planet… Locally grown means less gas consumption and toxic emissions filling the air we breathe. HG HF
This progarm is made possible by the Noreen L. Papa, Mothers Live your Lives! fund
Health and Wellness Author Talk with Mary Teicholz. Teicholz writes about her personal and courageous journey with cancer. The tremendous, overpowering, and life threatening beast in her life was blood cancer. The fire in her belly was sheer determination, an unwavering will to survive and a little Italian stubborness thrown in for good measure. In a humorous, down to earth style, Teicholz stresses how to get the best care and how important it is to remain positive even in the midst of the most challenging situations. This book is a must read for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.
In her 5-star book review one reader commented about this book. "It helped me to learn and understand what my friends who were diagnosed with cancer were going through, and because I had read this book, I was better prepared to help and support them when needed. Everyone needs to read this book, if not for you, then for someone else. Mary's sense of humor and courage is amazing!"
This program is part of the: Body, Mind and Spirit: Holistic Health and Wellness series that is made possible thanks to the Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life! fund.