On Wednesday, September 16th at 7:00pm, Chevalier’s welcomes Allie Cashel, who will be reading from her new book Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial.
In the US alone, at least 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, and it is estimated that 20% go on to develop chronic symptoms. Despite these numbers, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Infectious Diseases Society of America claim it is impossible for the Lyme bacteria to survive in the body after standard antibiotic therapy.
Cashel is 24 years old and has been suffering from chronic Lyme disease for sixteen years, yet the medical community refuses to recognize her symptoms as the result of infectious disease. In Suffering the Silence, Cashel paints a living portrait of what is often called post-treatment Lyme syndrome, featuring the stories of chronic Lyme patients from around the world and their struggle for recognition and treatment.
Allie Cashel is a recent graduate of Bard College’s Written Arts Department and is a passionate advocate for Lyme disease awareness. Allie has been living with Lyme, Babesiosis, Ehricliosis and Bartonellosis for sixteen years. She is on the Junior Board of the Tick Borne Disease Alliance, guest lectures at Bard about her work, and has created the online community SufferingtheSilence to build awareness around Lyme and other chronic illnesses. She currently lives in New York City with her boyfriend, Calvin, and her dog, Percy.
Please join us for this interesting and important conversation!