BELIEVING you suffer a disease that health authorities and most doctors say doesn't exist in Australia has been a longstanding frustration for patients with Lyme-like symptoms.
Scientific surveys suggest Australian ticks don't carry the infectious bacteria known as borrelia, yet the overseas diagnosis of the four locals we featured last Wednesday argues otherwise.
Since The Advocate raised the point that a double dissolution Federal Election can end the planning for a Sentate Inquiry into Lyme-like illness there has been a positive development.
A Change.org petition has created a social media whirlwind.
Rather than condemning the government or cross bench senators over the missed opportunity of a long-awaited inquiry, it actually praises the work of a parliamentarian.
The petition, launched on Monday, had close to 43,000 signatures within 24 hours.
It carries a target of 50,000 signatures to be handed up to Health Minister Sussan Ley.
It's titled Don't Get Mad Get Madigan (re-elected), calling for people to vote for Senator John Madigan, who organisers say has been the strongest voice for Lyme disease in Parliament.