'Lyme disease exists in Australia'
SABINE Gaber wants to create awareness about her illness.
"Hopefully, if I can get it out there, the doctors ... they won't disregard it," she said.
To any doctors reading this article she pleaded: "Please don't disregard Lyme disease when a patient presents with multiple unexplained symptoms all at once. Especially if they say they have been bitten by a tick."
"Yes Lyme disease exists in Australia. If I can help someone else to be diagnosed early by spreading the message in the community, then something good has come out of this."
It was hard for Mrs Gaber to get her diagnosis. She stumbled upon Lyme Disease online and just kept ticking off the boxes relating to the symptoms she experienced.
Then she found Sydney doctor Peter Mayne who suggested she send her blood off to America to be tested and it was confirmed she had the disease.
The $1600 test gave Mrs Gaber some hope that there "would be some light at the end of the tunnel". Now she is being treated by a doctor in Pomona. Since January she has spent $5000 on diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Unlike some Lyme disease sufferers Mrs Gaber has left the country before, but had not been overseas in the time leading up to finding the tick and became sick soon after.
"It shouldn't matter where you got it. So many people have never left the country and have it."