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Pictured is Brigid Steele, a Wahpeton, N.D., woman who is battling advanced Lyme disease that went untreated for years. For years doctors were skeptical that she had the bacterial, tick-borne infection, because it hadn't yet been reported in the Dakotas. (Submitted photo)

Advanced Lyme disease: ‘a terrible place to be’

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WAHPETON, N.D. – Brigid Steele’s life has been upended by the bite of a tick.

Her world has progressively narrowed as her health has deteriorated from a chronic infection that for years went untreated – the result, she said, of doctors’ skepticism that her problem was Lyme disease.


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