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.