Episode 418: Lyme in Poland – an interview with Giulio Lacobellis


In this captivating episode of the Tick Boot Camp Podcast, we journey to Warsaw, Poland, to uncover the personal and profound story of Giulio Lacobellis and his battle with Lyme disease. Our host, joined by special co-host Emma Pikoulas, explores the profound impact that Lyme disease has had on Giulio’s life and career.

Guest Profile:

  • Name: Giulio Lacobellis
  • Age: 38
  • Location: Warsaw, Poland
  • Background: Former entrepreneur engaged in European Union-funded educational projects; current IT professional.

Key Points Discussed:

  • Life Before Lyme:
    • Giulio shares his dynamic life as an entrepreneur, fostering educational opportunities across Europe.
    • The transition from a bustling career to battling a debilitating illness.
  • The Onset of Lyme Disease:
    • At age 36, Giulio’s life took a dramatic turn as he began experiencing severe, unexplained pain and paralysis.
    • Misdiagnoses and the struggle to find answers in a non-English speaking healthcare system.
  • Diagnosis and Treatment:
    • A seasoned rheumatologist’s insight leads to a Lyme disease diagnosis through blood tests.
    • Giulio discusses his initial treatments, including antibiotics and ongoing pain management.
  • Adjusting to a New Normal:
    • The significant lifestyle changes Giulio has made to manage his condition, including quitting alcohol and incorporating yoga.
    • The psychological toll of chronic illness and strategies for coping.
  • Advice for Others:
    • Giulio provides heartfelt advice to others battling Lyme disease, emphasizing the importance of self-acceptance and proactive health management.

Special Thanks: We extend our gratitude to Giulio for sharing his deeply personal experience and to Emma Pikoulas for her contributions to the conversation as a special guest co-host. Their perspectives enrich our community’s understanding of Lyme disease and its impact on lives around the globe.

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