What We Do
Tick Talk Ireland was set up January 2009 by two sufferers, Jenny O'Dea & Janet Fitzgerald. Alarmed by the lack of knowledge & support in Ireland regarding this serious and often over-looked disease, the co-founders set up a facebook discussion & information page to help others dealing with tick-borne diseases. In the summer of 2009 a blog site was created with links to Tick Talk articles, Lyme groups in Europe & North America & tips from Lyme treating doctors on diagnosis and management of symptoms. The group was joined in 2010 by another Lyme sufferer, Pauline Reid. Tick Talk Ireland has now received charitable status in order to achieve the following:
- Ensure that physicians are made aware of the need for early treatment to prevent a more serious & incurable state of infection.
- Encourage interested parties to undertake training of Lyme management (via the ILADS physician training program). Contact us here for more information about this.
- Encourage government funding & university research on Lyme symptoms & the spread of Lyme in Ireland.
- Undertake projects and Lyme awareness events to inform the public of the threat of Lyme disease in Ireland.
- Disseminate information on Lyme prevention and treatment by distribution of leaflets, posters and postcards.
- Liaise with similar bodies and support groups in the UK, Europe and the United States with a view to sharing information and advancements in relation to Lyme Disease.
- Encourage ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) & MS (multiple sclerosis) patients to be tested for Lyme disease due to the similarity of symptoms in both conditions.
Tick Talk Ireland is currently run by three volunteers who are all affected by Lyme disease. The officers of Tick Talk are unpaid officials; all monies raised go directly into the charity for advancement of education on Lyme disease in Ireland.
Important Note: This website is intended for information purposes only and should not be substituted for medical advice by a practicing physician.