Surfside Beach woman battles Lyme disease

Holly Roesing knows the long-lasting effect a tick bite can have. She has Lyme disease, after she was bitten in 2005 by a tick that tested positive for the disease in South Carolina.

Her doctor put her on antibiotics for three weeks, and at first she was fine. But over the next few years, Holly suffered through a series of debilitating problems, including chest pain, extreme joint pain, and non-stop headaches.

A year and half ago, she suffered a mini stroke.

Holly wants more awareness for her disease. Most ticks in our area carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but as Holly can attest, they can carry Lyme Disease too. She wants the state to promote May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

This year, we're expected to have more ticks than normal because of the weather. While staying on trails and wearing light-colored clothing are important, you also need to do a body check when you come in from the woods or anywhere you may have come in contact with a tick.

If you would like information on Lyme Disease you can visit the website for the American Lyme Disease Foundation.