Grand Island, NE You hear about a lot, now we're hearing about it in Nebraska.
"Lyme disease is in Nebraska," said Kristine O'Neill.
Lyme disease is a serious illness that causes concern each Summer.
Kristine didn't feel right in April and after trips to many doctors, she found out she has Lyme disease.
She said, "Every day is different, I'll have a day when I can hardly get out of bed because my head is just so foggy it just doesn't feel right. I feel like my brain is infected I just have these weird feelings in my temples and strange feelings throughout my body that are not normal."
"It hit me like a ton of bricks in March of 2012 and that's where the sever joint pain, the muscle pain...that day I could barely get out of bed, couldn't figure out what was going on," said Jeremy Jensen, the Grand Island Senior High Boys Soccer Coach.
Jeremy also had to go to several doctors before finally getting the news he has Lyme disease too.
According to the Central District Health Department, many cases of Lyme disease are not reported because physicians do not test for it due to the cost.
Many times doctors will simply try to cure the symptoms instead.
"Physician's aren't testing as often as they should. Physicians are often just treating as Lyme disease and not actually getting a diagnosed test," said Katie Krecklow, a Community Health Nurse, on why Kristine and Jeremy had to see so many different doctors.
Krecklow, who works at the Central District Health Department, said, "We do get cases. Even though it's under-reported, we do see probably five or ten cases each year. So far we haven't had any, which is always the thing that we worry about but according to the CDC there's about 30,000 to 50,000 cases reported each year."
It takes days for a tick to transfer the bacterium to a human, but if you fear an infection, a doctor cannot deny your wish to be tested.
The disease can weigh heavy on both Kristine and Jeremy.
Kristine said, "It's been a very hard four months. I'm at a point where I feel like I'm getting better. But I'm just a little unsure if I were to stop an antibiotic what would happen."
Not only did the disease affect Kristine and Jeremy's health, it also affected their professional and personal lives.
Jeremy said, "I would go to my office and a lot of times I'd go home two or three times a day just to soak in a hot bath because my body hurt so bad. And then I'd go to practice and I didn't want to let on that there was anything going on."
Family life also becomes difficult with the virus.
"I came from being a half marathon runner, personal trainer and I would train with each of my clients and I have two little boys and it's really been hard to not keep up with them," said Kristine.
The common symptoms are fatigue, headache, fever and a bulls eye rash where the bite occurred, but they are not always present. Neither Kristine nor Jeremy had the bulls eye rash.
Kristine knows Lyme disease is becoming a problem in Nebraska, so she is starting a support group. For information on the group visit e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.