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Taryn Hafner Hullsiek cuddles with her dog Zoe. Hullsiek suffers from Lyme disease.

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Living with Lyme

You’d never know Taryn Hafner Hullsiek has a debilitating disease. The former Cicero-North Syracuse High School athlete could once swim five miles. Now there are days she can’t get out of bed. Hullsiek, who now lives in Madison, Wis., has chronic Lyme disease, a diagnosis she finally received after seeing more than 30 doctors over five and a half years. “It’s changed my life in every way possible,” Hullsiek said. “Living day to day, your expectations of what your live was going to be, everything across the board — having a family, having a career, all those things. It’s a tough pill to swallow.”


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