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neuropathy return in full force." She has, how- ever, found that physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture did help her symptoms. One of the Dean Center's first patients and an advisory board member, former Wellesley resident Julie Ambrosino has also struggled with the disease for years. She was diagnosed in 2008 with Lyme disease and even after being treated with Doxycycline has suffered from throbbing muscle pain, debilitating fatigue, numbness, and tingling. She says that she traveled the "dark back alleys" of med- icine to find a "Lyme-literate" doctor. In fact, she says she saw 28 doctors and had about 150 blood tests trying to find out exactly what was wrong with her. Ambrosino, now a resident of Dover, has been benefiting from vestibular rehabilitation to improve her balance at the center, says, "One really important role the Dean Center plays is that people with lingering Lyme symptoms feel they can be heard and understood. That's really powerful because many of us have gone from doctor to doctor who would say 'there's nothing wrong with you.'" "Ground Zero" for Lyme Disease According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year about 300,000 people in the US are diagnosed with Lyme disease, which is transmitted through the bite of a 145 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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