Newly added 15th Sep 2016
(Radio interviews with Tick Talk members)
Sep 2016… Catherine Keating speaks to Will Faulkner on the Midlands Today Show
May 2016… Lyme Disease Sufferers Angry At Lack Of HSE Response On Condition
Newly added 9th May 2016
Highland Radio (Donegal)
May 2016…. (interview with HSE Public Health Specialist followed by patient Clare McCahill – starts 1:18 and runs for 16 minutes) http://www.highlandradio.com/2016/05/05/shaun-doherty-show-listen-back-to-thursdays-show/
April 2015… (interviews with Mary Smyth, Hannah Nolan & James Dwan starts 54:21 & runs for about 40 minutes – click on play button below & drag to 54 mins)
May 2016… (MP3 clip, listen to Ann Maher about prevention & conferences in Ireland)
May 2015…. (interview with Ann Maher starts at Part 1 segment from 35.37 to 45.18 mins) http://kclr96fm.com/kclr-live-friday-1st-may-2015
(unable to play clip but holding for info in case of temporary problem!)
Kerry Radio (Kerry)
May 2016….. (Irish GP warns about Lyme disease) http://www.radiokerry.ie/news/kerry-gp-warns-public-about-visiting-wooded-area-following-lyme-disease-alert/
April 2016…. (physiotherapist Martina McNamara Kelly talks of her struggle with Lyme disease) https://soundcloud.com/lmfmradio/martinamcnamara
Newstalk (with George Hook)
Oct 2015…. (just after news section near beginning of clip, interview with Irish dermatologist) https://www.newstalk.com/listen_back/9/22243/14th_October_2015_-_The_Right_Hook_Part_3/
(takes a while to load & should automatically play, if not search in calendar for archived shows looking for 14th Oct 2015, Hook show Part 3!)
Newly added 16th Dec 2014
Out of the Woods author Katina Makris interviews Elaine on Lymelight Radio – once site loaded see further down page for playback & download options..
For Jenny O’Dea’s interview earlier in the year hop to:
Newly added 9th Dec 2014
Updates on Elaine Griffin’s journey with Lyme on Liveline Radio (Dec 2014):
Newly added 16th Oct 2014
Elaine Griffin interviewed on CRCfm where she chats about living with Lyme Disease. By Johnny Oosten (Sep 2014):
Newly added 29th July 2014
Radio Interviews With David & Carol Galvin
Living with Lyme Disease on Today FM July 2014
Carol Galvin’s Lyme disease has wreaked havoc on her whole family. Joe Finnegan Show 14th July 2014
Midlands Radio Interview 21st May 2014
The HSE has issued a health warning about Lyme Disease and is encouraging people to wear long trousers and insect repellent when gardening to avoid the disease bearing tick. David Galvin tells will about the catastrophic impact the disease has had on his wife Carol.
Joe chats to David Galvin whose wife Carol contracted the deadly disease. Joe Finnegan Show 25th Oct 2013
Newly added 29th May 2014
Jenny O’Dea from Tick Talk Ireland & UK blogger Nicola Seal on Katina Makris Lymelight Radio Apr 2014
Ann Maher on Tipperary FM – May 21st 2014
Paul Mckeown from the HPSC begins the talk in the 1st hour at 55.47 mark: http://tippfm.podomatic.com/entry/2014-05-21T03_20_13-07_00
Ann Maher comes on in the 2nd hour at 44.15: http://tippfm.podomatic.com/entry/2014-05-21T03_36_10-07_00
Newly added 7th Jan 2014
Great radio interview with Tracy Brennan on RTE radio today
Newly added 14th Dec 2013
Newly added 7th Oct 2013
Midland FM Radio
David Galvin talking about his wife’s struggle with Lyme Disease & getting treatment for her new diagnosis. Wheelchair bound & having speech problems they are seeking help with Carol’s treatment fund…
Newly added 7th Sep 2013
RTE 1 (Liveline) covered Lyme Disease over 2 days. Some Tick Talk members joined the show to talk about their experiences..
Liveline also had chats in 2011, for more info go to: http://ticktalkireland.org/radio.html
Galway Bay FM
Tick Talk volunteer was on Galway Bay FM to talk about her husband’s experience with Lyme Disease & how difficult it was to get diagnosed…
Skip to 48:45 into the show (Keith Finnegan) & lasts until 1:00. (podcast seems to be no longer available!)
Newly added 5th Jul 2012
RTE 1 Countrywide
Interview with Tick Talk officer Jenny O’Dea & Dr John McCormack on Countrywide Radio
(podcast seems to be no longer available!)
Disability Radio Cork
Interview with Tick Talk member Niall McDermott on Disability radio (Cork Life FM) sound quality a bit bad in places..
On the 4th and 5th of July 2011, Radio 1’s Liveline discussed Lyme Disease in Ireland. Many members of the public that have been affected by Lyme phoned in to tell their stories. We have the podcasts here for anyone who missed them.
Discussion on RTE 2FM 2009 re: Lyme with Tick Talk member Niall:
Dr Eoin Healy of the Dept. of Zoology 2009 talks on how to prevent tick bites:
An Ode to Health & Ignorance on Radio Netherlands with Tick Talk member Ann:
I think this podcast may have been taken down now but here’s a clip from it:
What is it like to have a chronic illness? To have a disease which is very difficult to treat and to diagnose and which isn’t even recognised in many quarters of the medical profession. Welcome to the world of Chronic Lyme Disease. A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
Lyme Disease is caused by the bite of a simple tick, injecting into the bloodstream the bacterium Borrelia and probably numerous other parasites. The incidence of those contracting the disease has been increasing dramatically in recent years and it’s known that swift treatment with antibiotics is enough to stop it in its tracks.
“You feel as if you’re in another compartment. You feel different. It’s a very odd feeling. You feel as though you’re not quite in the human race sometimes.” Elizabeth Rice. Chronic Lyme Disease sufferer
What is causing the medical controversy is the course the disease takes if treatment is not so quick. Many say that heavy treatment at any stage is enough to kill the bacteria and that subsequent blood tests prove them right. The reality is far less clear cut.
“You almost go into a deep despair sometimes and I honestly thought to myself that I can’t go on anymore. Some of the symptoms are so horrendous you can’t explain it to people who haven’t suffered this illness. They don’t understand you. You look fine, they say. In fact, you feel dreadful. Your head is bursting. You can’t think straight. Your bones and muscles are aching; you’ve got pins and needles and numbness. It’s just horrendous. It really is.” Cecylia Malenchek
Cecylia Malanchek has had the disease for 13 years and as with many sufferers of the chronic condition she was not immediately diagnosed. It has led to many years of pain and mental anguish. Her experience with doctors hasn’t helped. Her GP told her it was all in her head, offered no treatment and asked her how she got on with her parents. The experience seems to be a common one.
“I was offered anti-depressants and that was just the end for me. I said there’s no way I’m taking them until someone tells me for definite, someone that knows about the disease, that I haven’t got it. Then I’ll take the anti-depressants but not until then.” Ann Maher
The problem with the disease is that it’s a relatively new parasite on the scene. The bacterium that causes it was only discovered 30 years ago and so there’s still a great deal to be revealed about how it works and how effective treatment is. What is known is that it’s a very tough and resistant bacterium and that it’s recently been classified as a potential bio-terror agent by the US government because of its incredible abilities to escape our attempts to kill it.
Dr Andrew Wright is an authority on Lyme Disease and he says that the high wall that patients are facing is a phenomenon that goes back many years.
“That’s the history of medicine. You look back at the illnesses called psychological, tuberculosis, epilepsy, schizophrenia, all thought to be psychological until the cause was found and I’m sure that in the not too distant future the same will be seen in illnesses like chronic Lyme. Once we understand things they become respectable but in medicine we do this, we have this defence mechanism whereby, if we can’t explain something one way of dealing with it is to make the patient the problem. It’s their problem then and not ours. And that gives us an easy way out.”
This is a view shared by one of the world’s leading authorities on Lyme Disease Professor Sam Donta, who’s treated thousands of cases from his base in the North-East United States where the disease was first discovered.
“The physician has been educated to think about Lyme in very crisp, finite terms. And they’ve been taught that we don’t know what it is but that it’s not Lyme. So the patient is then left dangling. Probably having Lyme or something like it that we haven’t discovered yet and getting emotional support up to a point or the usual which is ‘this is stress, you’re depressed, take an anti-anxiety pill, see a psychiatrist and goodbye’. I tell the patient sometimes that if you wanted to make this up you could, but then you’re making up the same story that hundreds and thousands of patients are also making up.”
There are still major and sometimes bruising fights taking place within the medical profession about the nature of the disease. Does Chronic Lyme Disease exist or not? All the evidence suggests it does but as the arguments continue one thing remains the same – the sufferers are left dangling, knowing that something dramatic and debilitating has happened to their health but often unable to get the support and help needed to overcome it.
But that’s the history of medicine!