Formerly a frequent adventure racer, biker and hiker, Cmela said she never checked for ticks before, but now wishes she had.
“I was always in the bush and it was always something we would talk about, but it was never something I checked for,” she said. “Had I realized how severely it could affect my life, definitely I would have been checking.”
Her initial symptoms included dizziness, tingling and fatigue after enduring a snowboarding accident in 2013. When the symptoms persisted for months, doctors knew something was wrong. Cmela said she continues to have lingering pain in her head.
Now an advocate with the Manitoba Lyme group, she voluntarily surveys around Winnipeg on foot to see where black-legged ticks are living.