Peter Owen is a 63-year-old geologist, photographer and entrepreneur from Melbourne Victoria, Australia. He is a founding member of the TICNA (Tick-Borne Community Network Australia) public education group and President of the Conquering Chronic Illness patient support group.
While recovering from a badly broken leg from a fall at his home, Mr. Owen began to feel incredible pain all over his body. Beginning with headaches, shoulder pain, and neck pain his symptoms expanded and migrated to include fatigue, panic attacks, and brain fog.
Mr. Owen was misdiagnosed with MECFS after he was examined and treated by 30 doctors over 18 years. Despite an official government “there is no Lyme dogma in Australia,” Mr. Owen’s general practitioner sent his 50 most afflicted patients for IGeneX blood testing and Mr. Owen’s tested positive for Lyme disease. His IGeneX lab results were confirmed by a follow up test from the German Infectolab.
The lab tests provoked Mr. Owen to join Lyme Facebook groups and research Lyme and tick infection treatment on his own because “there is no such thing as an LLMD in Australia.” His journey required him to overcome “disbelief and denial by doctors, family and friends” while exploring treatment options.
If you would like to learn more about how an Australian Lyme disease activist is standing up swimming against the tide of an official government policy that denies the existence of Lyme disease, then tune in now!
PS Debbie form Two Alpha Gals special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich from Tick Boot Camp!