Fitness Buff and Mother of Three Goes Through Biggest Challenge of Her Life

Considered as one of the ultimate challenges to one’s fitness, there’s no denying the fact that the Ironman Triathlon is one tough race to finish. That’s why for Lisa Saunders, a resident of the Town of Perth, a mother of 3 kids and a dedicated athlete, completing the challenge is a major achievement. And yet while the race was indeed grueling, Saunders biggest battles were in fact being waged inside her own body.

Since March last year, Saunders has been suffering from unexplainable symptoms of a disease doctors were unable to diagnose right away. After over a year of experiencing chronic fatigue, muscle pains, headache, and fever, Saunders was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease, a notoriously hard to diagnose infectious disease that is usually transmitted through tick bites.

Lyme disease, which is caused by a strain of bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi, is usually diagnosed after finding the presence of a peculiar skin rash in the shape of a red bulls eye. Unfortunately for Saunders, she didn’t have that rash, which forced her to go from doctor to doctor after her medical tests came back with inconclusive results.

Saunders is now undergoing treatment, and is thankful for the help of her doctors, family, church, and community who have all helped in her fight against the disease.

  • anonymous

    February 21, 2012, 9:21 pm

    why would your heart break for her? from what i know she walks 3 km a day, zips around town, runs around like mad, socializes, travels, does everything a ‘normal’ person would do. i don’t get it. what makes her sick??

  • August 23, 2011, 8:12 pm

    Could not have happened to more deserving individual. My heart breaks for her poor family. She’s a liar and a cheat. Fitness buff, my rear end. She specializes in leaving her “family” behind to embark on “fabulous” adventures. That poor husband of hers. That’s for whom MY heart breaks.

    you know who I am too

  • YouknowwhoIam

    June 02, 2011, 8:10 am

    Couldn’t have happened to a NICER person. My heart just breaks for her and her lovely family. I wish her only the speediest of recoveries. God Bless You, you poor woman.

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