By: Melissa Randall


Twitter: @MRandallABC6

North Scituate, R.I. (WLNE–TV)— Mikayla Vacher is used to being hooked up to an IV. It's part of her daily routine. The medicine inside the Picc line helps her to manage symptoms of Lyme disease.

"It's really like one day at a time type thing. There are good days and bad days," she explained. "There's always some new symptom or some new problem that comes up."

It was 5 years ago this month that the North Scituate woman started complaining of fatigue and joint pain. Vacher was playing hockey for her high school at the time and doctors were quick to call it a sports injury. After some blood work though, they discovered the culprit was actually a tiny tick.

"When I found out I had Lyme disease I was like, 'wow'! That's great. I'll start medicine and I'll feel better really soon. And the joke was kind of on me," said Vacher.

She's no longer able to skate and had to leave college where she was studying to be a nurse. But the now 23–year–old isn't giving up.

"I hope that I can get better and get to a point where I'm more stable and able to work. I definitely want to keep spreading awareness."

And that's exactly what she's doing. Through a new social media campaign, known as the "take a bite out of Lyme" challenge, Vacher is able to bring attention to the cause.

"You literally take a bite out of a lime and you either just take a photo or video of you doing so—obviously the funnier the better," she explained.

After, you post it with a fact about the disease and share it with your friends and family to spread the word. 

" helps us know we have support," said Vacher.

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