Lyme disease: For 16 years, I have struggled to push through the devastating physical and mental pain – I need to be here for my family

Neil McNamara has endured chronic fatigue, pain and cognitive issues for years due to the dreaded tick-borne disease. But he hopes a new treatment can bring some relief and allow him to be there for his beloved wife and daughters

Neil McNamara is living with Lyme disease. Photo: Mark Condren

Paul Hopkins

Once fit and healthy, with a good career and a passion for travel, Neil McNamara’s life changed after he contracted Lyme disease — a debilitating neurological condition which currently has no cure, and only limited, often expensive support and treatment resources.