Lyme Disease Victim Works to Raise Awareness

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ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- For 25-year-old Christina Kovacs, the home where she grew up has become her prison.

“Even something as simple as going to the grocery store, I can't do,” Kovacs said. “It does kind of feel like a prison.”

Five years ago, she was bitten by a tick in the woods near her suburban Ashland backyard. She contracted Lyme Disease and now spends the majority of her time in bed.

“Every meal is in bed, so breakfast, lunch and dinner my parents bring to me in bed,” Kovacs said.

The rest of her time is spent taking medication and receiving treatments. Just before Christina came down with Lyme Disease, she was thriving. She'd gotten into her dream school for fashion design and was ready to take on the world.

“I actually moved out to L.A. and I started school there and I loved it, but I just couldn't do it because I was just so sick,” Kovacs said.

Now, at age 25, she is receiving 24-7 care from her parents.

“It's so strict that my mom has to make everything from scratch,” Kovacs said.

The Boyd County Health Department says while Lyme Disease is rare in eastern Kentucky, it's still important to be vigilant.

“Lyme disease is kind of tricky because you may get better and it may be a while before you start to see symptoms,” Kristy Bolen said.

Now, Christina has made it her mission to help others protect themselves.

“Be informed,” Kovacs said. “Know that Lyme Disease is in this area. It's all over the Tri-State area.”

She says check for ticks when you come in from outside. Wear long pants. And make sure to use a bug repellant.

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