Adina Bercowicz is founder and executive director of LymeTV. She is a 44-year-old tick-borne illness advocate, wife, and mother living in Portland, Maine.
Prior to getting sick, Ms. Bercowicz was working full time as an executive leader for a nonprofit in India, regularly attended yoga and martial arts classes, had an active social life, and traveled frequently for work. She was “active and at the top of [her] game, life was perfect.”
Ms. Bercowicz became sick with Lyme disease when she was 36 years old shortly after a tick bite during her pregnancy. Some of her early symptoms included chronic fatigue, sharp joint pain, memory loss, cognitive decline, phantom smells, dizziness, and chronic migraines.
Once diagnosed with chronic neurological Lyme disease, she was mistreated with oral antibiotics and her health continued to decline. She kept fighting for her health and found a doctor that helped her get on a 90-day course of IV Rocephin (Ceftriaxone) for Lyme disease, Malarone (Atovaquone / Proguanil) and Mepron (Atovaquone) for Babesia, and a bunch of supplements.
Ms. Bercowicz is currently working with a team of specialists and dealing with damage to her body and secondary diseases that were triggered from her late-stage tick-borne illnesses, such as Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), small fiber neuropathy, and dysautonomia. She is treating with Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) to address these 3 degenerative nervous system disorders.
If you would like to learn more about how a dedicated professional who has given back to the community since she was a child is now giving back and inspiring great changes in the Lyme disease community, then tune in now!