WHAT TO DO
More info below, but in a nutshell:
- Take a photo of yourself with a sign
- Upload the photo to http://www.flickr.com/groups/lyme300000
(you must sign up on Flickr by getting a yahoo.com account if you don’t have one)
- Print & send developed photos (4 copies) to us
TAKE A PHOTO
Take a photo of yourself holding a sign that says:
I am one of the 300,000 plus annual Lyme patients being ignored by the CDC and HMOs.
Then list your state (i.e. Wisconsin)
Then EITHER say how long it took for you to get diagnosed: (It took 20 years to get diagnosed.) OR say how long you’ve had Lyme (I’ve had Lyme for 20 years)
WE NEED TO KEEP THE SIGNS VERY SHORT AND SIMPLE SO THAT PEOPLE CAN EASILY READ THEM.
If there are parents who don’t want to have a photo of their child displayed, they can hold a sign in his or her place (i.e. My daughter is one of the 300,000 plus Lyme patients being ignored by the CDC and HMOs). But it’s preferable to have a photo of the child.
Friends or family members can also take a photo of themselves holding a sign saying that someone they know died from Lyme (i.e. My son died from Lyme disease).
Please help those who are too sick to participate. For example, bring a camera to a Lyme support group, take pictures of each person holding a sign, and get the pictures developed for everyone.
WE WANT PEOPLE TO SEE WHAT LYME LOOKS LIKE.
People with Lyme sometimes feel the need to smile in pictures to prevent others from feeling uncomfortable about their illness. Allow others to see your true level of suffering in this photo.
- If you have an IV, make sure that can be seen.
- If you’re bedbound, make sure we can see you in bed.
- If you use a wheelchair, show yourself in the wheelchair.
- Please send in a photo even if you’ve recovered but are still doing ongoing treatment.
- Make sure we can read the sign. Please handwrite your sign.
- You can either cover part of you face if you don’t want to be seen or show your whole face.
UPLOAD PHOTOS TO FLICKR
Upload your photo to http://www.flickr.com/groups/lyme300000 . You must sign up for a flickr account before you can see our lyme300000 group or ANY other group. You must sign up for Flickr before you can post a photo. Unfortunately, there is no way around this, just like you need to have a google account or a facebook account in order to use many of their offerings.
Sign in to Flickr, search for the group lyme300000. Upload your photo by clicking on the UPLOAD menu item. Keep in mind that the name of your digital photo will show up. MAKE SURE you choose a group for the photo, the lyme300000 group, before you are finished uploading. If you uploaded & didn’t choose our group, it’s easiest just to upload again.
SEND DEVELOPED PHOTOS
In an attempt to raise awareness about how the CDC and HMOs are ignoring Lyme, we’ll be sending developed photos to 4 different media networks. You can simply use the same photo you’ve taken from your cell phone, digital camera, etc. to upload on Flicker and take it to a drug store like Walgreens or Rite Aid to be developed. You can also email the photo to the drug store so that you only have to pick up the developed copies. Photos can be developed in 1 hour.
WE WANT A DEVELOPED PHOTO (3×5, 4×6, or 5×7) RATHER THAN ONE THAT HAS BEEN PRINTED OUT ON A COMPUTER. Please don’t send photos larger than 5×7. We’re hoping to have enough photos to send to 4 different networks so if you’re able to send 4 copies that would be ideal.
Please send up to 4 photos that have been developed to:
United Lyme Action
P.O. Box 144
Mankato, MN 56002
Photos need to be sent in by NOVEMBER 1ST.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!
For questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org