Support Groups

Lyme Connection Grants Assist Patients in Need

  • Elizabeth White Grant- Lyme Connection received a $15,000 grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to support patients with medical expenses. These funds will be used to assist Connecticut residents in need of financial assistance in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases from doctors following the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) guidelines. Connecticut residents, who fall at or below 85% of the State Median Income Level, receive state or federal assistance are encouraged to apply. The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is a philanthropic institution that was established in 1928 as the community’s permanent charitable endowment. Nurse practitioner Elizabeth (Betsey) White was loved throughout the Lyme community for her intelligence, kindness and commitment to supporting the needs of her fellow patients. Applicants must complete the application and submit with supportive documents. Families who are at or below 85% of the State Median Income or participate in state or federal assistance programs should consider applying. Click on link above for application.
    Required documents:
    • Proof of State/Federal assistance (HUSKY, MSP, SNAP, Energy assistance etc).
    • Current Tax Return
    • Most recent (2 months) bank statements for all bank accounts
    • Proof of all income
    • Insurance Coverage

    Mail documents and application to:
    Lyme Connection
    C/o Karen Gaudian
    400 Main Street
    Ridgefield, CT 06877

Support Groups

Lyme Connection offers monthly support groups in Ridgefield for Lyme Disease patients and their loved ones. If you are looking for connection, validation and information, come join the discussion. Check for cancellations here on our website if inclement weather is predicted. Groups are always canceled if Ridgefield schools are closed.

We hold TWO evening support groups every month- 

Day: Second and Fourth Thursdays of every month

Time: 5– 7:00 p.m.

Lyme Connection Office- Town Hall Annex, 66 Prospect St., Ridgefield CT 06877

                                        The Annex is located between the Yanity Gym and the Board of Education offices.

Contact: Karen Gaudian at RLDTF@comcast.net   

Other Connecticut Support Groups:

BETHEL, CT no longer meeting

CANTON, CT Lyme Disease Support group. Contact Deb at earthsong59@sbcglobal.net.

GREENWICH, CT  no longer meeting

HEBRON, CT Lyme Support Group.Second Wednesday of the month. 7:00-8:00 pm. 27 Main St. Contact:p_fontana@hotmail.com.

OLD LYME, CT  Lyme Disease Support Group, Third Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm, 52 Lyme St. Free, open group. Contact: Kelly at 860-395-0284

MANSFIELD/STORRS, CT Lyme Disease Support Group. Informal get togethers based on interest and weather. Call or email to learn more.
Email: MansfieldCTLyme@gmail.com   Phone:860-948-0151  Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/mansfield.storrs.lyme.disease.support?_rdr

MERIDEN, CT  Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness Support Group,  2017 meetings are scheduled for Monday June 12, July 10, August 14, Sept. 11, October 16, November 13, Dec. 11.  6:00- 7:00 p.m., Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT 06450, Discussion, information and support. Contact: Crystal Carter, Group Facilitator at MeridenLymeHope@gmail.com.;  http://www.facebook.com/MeridenLymeGroup

SOUTHBURY, CT  Tribury Lyme Disease Support Group, Third Thursday of every month, 1:00 p.m.,United Church of Christ, 283 Main Street, Southbury, CT Room 101, Use side entrance, follow green signs, Free meetings offering speakers and discussion. Contact: support@triburylyme.org  Check website triburylyme.org for cancellations.

New York Support Groups

PLEASANT VALLEY, NY  The Mid-Hudson Lyme Disease Support Group, Second Wednesday of each month,7:30 p.m.,Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church, Rt. 44 Pleasant Valley, Contact: Pat at 845-889-4242

RHINEBECK, NY  The Northern Dutchess Lyme Disease Support Group, Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Northern Dutchess Hospital, Conference Room adjacent to the cafeteria, *Enter through lobby and ask for directions.  Wheelchair accessible. 6511 Springbrook Ave. For more information call Lauren at 845-758-8457 or Dawn at 845-518-0058  Call to confirm if inclement weather 

ROSENDALE, NY The Ulster County Lyme Support Group, Fourth Wednesday of every month, 7:00 p.m., Sustainable Living Center, 150 Cottekill Rd., (In Google Maps type "Cottekill Rd. and Susan St., Cottekill"). Contact Susie 845-891-6760 or Rick 845-616-5410. 

Massachusetts Support Groups 

NORTHAMPTON, MA  Lyme Disease and Chronic Illness Support and Wellness Group, Every 3rd Sunday,  12:30pm-2:15pm, Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 548 Elm Street, (just past rear entrance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital), Facilitator Rob Hurwich, Contact: robhurwich@yahoo.com                       

New Jersey Support Group

NEWTON, NJ Sussex County Lyme Support Group, Third Thursday of the month, 7 pm  - 9 pm,  The United Methodist Church, 111 Ryerson Avenue,                     Newton, NJ. For more information or to RSVP, email  Joann at molnajoa1@verizon.net or call Marty at  201-213-4178.

Online Support Group for Parents

LymeDisease.Org starting  LymeParents yahoo group.Open to anyone who is a parent or family member of a child with Lyme disease and/or other tick-borne infections. To join, go to: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Lymeparents/info  Moderator: Dorothy Leland, LymeDisease.org

Additional grants available to assist tick-borne disease patients

LymeAid 4 Kids (LA4K) - The Lyme Disease Association started LA4K fund in 2004 and has helped children all over the U.S. and in Canada. Developed with the help of author Amy Tan, the fund is for children who do not have/receive insurance coverage for Lyme disease treatment for children and have economic difficulties. Click HERE

LymeLight Foundation- Funds are available for patients age 25 or younger who can demonstrate a qualified financial need. Applicant must be an active patient of a Lyme-literate MD, ND, DO, PA-C, NP. NDs must have graduated from a CNME accredited institution. All practitioners must have prescribing rights in their state of practice. Must be a USA resident.Deadline: August 23, 2017 5pm PST, Notification: October 20, 2017. Click HERE.

Patient Retreats

Lyme Patient Retreat in Maine this Fall

Nov 6th - Nov 9th, 2017 - Three Night Retreat

Marie Joseph Spiritual Center
Monday 3 PM - Thursday 11 AM
10 Evans Rd, Biddeford, Maine 04005

This is a relaxed multi-day retreat for anyone dealing with chronic illness. The focus of our time will be spent on uncovering the true essence of who we are through easy conversations and short guided meditations. There will be free time to take walks on the beach or to explore the area. For more information, click HERE.