WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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140 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 to brandi dean it didn't make any sense. In the past, she had weathered a grueling eight-week training program to be in the Coast Guard and had worked on search and rescue missions for two years; she thought she could handle anything. But now here she was in the emergency room suffering from muscle weakness, heart palpitations, severe panic attacks, and disorientation. Nothing like this had ever happened to her, and, worst of all, some of the doctors were suggesting that it was all in her head. It wasn't. As a test from that visit would show, Brandi had Lyme disease. This was just the beginning of a four-year journey involving visits with countless doctors, many different prog- noses, and nearly constant illness. Despite having three positive Lyme tests over that period, she was often told she needed to be treated for anxiety because her symptoms differed from classic Lyme symptoms, such as a bulls eye rash and muscle aches, and that, if she did have Lyme, the antibiotics she was originally prescribed should have treated it. The road she would take trying to treat her "chronic" Lyme disease symptoms would have an impact on her forever. Outpatient waiting area at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital wellness vitality condition strengthen nutrition diet stamina Turning Pain into a Positive Wellesley Couple Establishes the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital K E R I LY M A N writer fitness & health

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