Tick-borne conditions advocates take a time-out at the Tick-borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) Q1 2020 meeting. Left to right are Grant Roseman, Andrea Roseman, and Dr. Scott Commins, University of North Carolina.
INCLUDES IMPORTANT LINKS TO SUB-COMMITTEE REPORTS ON ALPHA-GAL SYNDROME, BABESIOSIS, EHRLICHIOSIS, LYME DISEASE, AND RICKETTSIOSIS
TBC United Cofounders Beth Carrison, INHC, and Dr. Jennifer Platt visited the nation’s Capitol twice in the past several weeks to put forth vital education, research, and advocacy work.
First, we attended the Tick-borne Disease Working Group’s two-day meeting Jan 28-29. TBCU invited multiple contributors to provide input during the public speaking sessions each morning. These included:
- Marlene Jones, new TBCU Board member, who spoke about nearly dying from Ehrlichiosis and Rickettsias;
- Charlotte Meyer, Alpha-gal Syndrome (AGS) patient, who shared testimonials from people diagnosed with AGS;
- Grant Roseman, 16, spoke about his experience with Alpha-gal Syndrome for eight years, and his award-winning scientific research;
- Andrea Roseman, Grant’s mother, spoke about the stress of having a child with Alpha-gal;
- Dr. Jennifer Platt, TBCU Cofounder, advocated for desperately needed education and the eco-friendly management of ticks; and
- Kenneth Kozak, US veteran, discussed his challenges in navigating the Veterans Administration healthcare system with a tick-borne illness.
After hearing from the public each day, the Working Group reviewed multiple subcommittee reports on tick-borne conditions (including Ehrlichiosis, Rickettsiosis, and Babesiosis) in preparation for their 2020 Report to Congress. All reports were well received, including the Alpha-gal Syndrome Subcommittee Report, to which TBCU Cofounder Beth Carrison contributed as a member. Here are links to the individual reports:
- 2020 Alpha-gal Syndrome Subcommittee Report
- 2020 Babesiosis Subcommittee Report
- 2020 Ehrlichiosis Subcommittee Report
- 2020 Lyme Disease Clinical Aspects Report
- 2020 Lyme Disease Pathogenesis & Pathophysiology Report
- 2020 Rickettsiosis Subcommittee Report
Dr. Platt was in DC again for the Center for Lyme Action’s first-ever “fly-in” Feb 11-12. The Kay Hagan Tick Act was passed in December 2019, but now needs funding to enact. Sixty advocates from around the U.S. flew in to make the case to members of Congress.
Jennifer joined three other advocates from North and South Carolina and spent six hours visiting key staff for our members of Congress. The goal was to educate them about the importance of the Tick Act and other measures needed to support tick-borne disease research.
Also attended, was the Tick-borne Disease Working Group’s meeting in Philadelphia this week, March 3-4. The Working Group will spend two full days reviewing recommendations from seven subcommittees. Dr. Platt was a speaker on the morning of March 4. You can view the agenda here, or tune in anytime, here.
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TBC United Board member and patient advocate Marlene Jones speaks at the 2020 Q1 meeting of the Federal Tick-Borne Conditions Working Group (TBCWG). Stricken with both Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, she now advocates for better testing, therapies, cures, and education.
TBC United Cofounder Dr. Jennifer Platt discusses the challenges of daily life for a person with a tick-borne illness, including the fear that a hotel or hospital cafeteria will include hidden meat products.
TBC United cofounder Dr. Jennifer Platt advocates for patients before the 2020 Federal Tick-borne Conditions Working Group in Washington, DC. View the 2-minute video excerpt here.
U.S. Veteran Kenneth Kozak shares his experience with the Veterans Administration in trying to diagnose his tick-borne conditions. It took 3 years and tremendous frustration before learning definitively what he had contracted. Kenneth Kozak was asking the Federal Tick-borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) for better VA training.
Teen advocate Grant Roseman shares his experience of having Alpha-gal Syndrome for 8 years during the 2020 Tick-borne Disease Working Group meeting. Grant Roseman is a Missouri Science Fair award winner.
Andrea Roseman is the mother of an Alpha-gal Syndrome patient and an advocate for those with tick-borne illnesses. She represented the Alpha-gal Syndrome Community before the 2020 Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) in Washington, DC. She discussed the need for enhanced medical information and training.
Charlotte Meyer is an advocate who represented Tick-borne Conditions United at the 2020 Tick-borne Disease Working Group (TBDWG) meeting in Washington DC. She spoke of the important research being done among Alpha-gal Syndrome patients who hunger for more information related to their disease. She also recounted a number of patient challenges and frustrations for the committee, due to lack of education around the disease. You can view Charlotte’s presentation here.