Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in Canada

Paperback | September 15, 2013

byVanessa Farnsworth

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Rain on a Distant Roof is the story of one woman's battle with Lyme disease and her struggle to understand her illness in the face of insurmountable odds. But it's more than that. It's also the story of the enigmatic Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium, the oddly elusive disease it sets in motion, a medical system that isn't prepared for its arrival and which continues to have no idea how to deal with it.Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) is an organism that researchers have likened to a creature from outer space. A bacterium that shares features with a parasite, one minute it looks like an invading bacterium, the next it's indistinguishable from a heart cell, a neural cell, or a synovial cell. It's the stuff of science fiction, and yet this bacterium is alive and well and living in the bodies of many Canadians, where it causes Lyme disease, an illness that is itself enigmatic. With larger and larger areas of the country experiencing an increase in infected ticks, more and more of the population is at risk of contracting this tick-borne illness. Bb is like nothing the world has ever seen before and yet it continues to strike throughout Canada, where it is giving rise to one of the most fractious debates our healthcare system has ever faced.

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Rain on a Distant Roof is the story of one woman's battle with Lyme disease and her struggle to understand her illness in the face of insurmountable odds. But it's more than that. It's also the story of the enigmatic Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium, the oddly elusive disease it sets in motion, a medical system that isn't prepared for i...

Vanessa Farnsworth has published more than 100 columns and articles (including several on Lyme disease) in national and regional publications, including Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, Cottage, Garden Making, The Creston Valley Advance, The Grower, Harrowsmith Country Life, Kootenay Life East, Route 3, and Vitality Magazine. Sh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.52 inPublished:September 15, 2013Publisher:Signature EditionsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I received this book 2 weeks ago and I am almost done! It was a very easy read compared to other more clinical/ medical books that most often get heavy on the brain, and that I have trouble finishing! I enjoyed the humour, as well as the sarcasm... I must say, most what she writes about is what I have often felt in the past 3years dealing with doctors in my town!
Date published: 2015-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your time I read this book as part of my on-going research into lymes disease having been diagnosed last year. There are far better books that explain what is going on at the bacterial level and how that affects the body. And lymes affects each individual so differently - there is no cookie cutter experience. I found the author essentially complains throughout most of the book and even her "navigating" through the Canadian medical system is restricted to lower British Columbia and isn't really navigating.
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! I wasn't looking forward to reading about someone else's suffering due to Lyme, but was extremely surprised to have actually enjoyed this book. I've ready many books on Lyme, and they are so full of medical information that it's difficult to complete, and also a bit boring. Vanessa has perfectly captured the current situation of Lyme in Canada, along with scientific research discoveries, medical drawbacks in treatment, diagnostics and testing. Full of humor, sarcasm and witty anecdotes, she weaves the story of her journey through the Canadian medical system. This is a must read if you, or anyone you know has suspected Lyme in Canada.
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific reading A must read for anyone suffering from Lyme . Excellent reading told from the perspective of someone who has suffered through the "Lyme Maze" Informative, funny and most of all, confirms you are not alone with your ever changing symptoms and uphill battle for treatment.
Date published: 2014-02-11