Out of the Lyme Light and Into the Sunlight: Birding as Therapy for the Chronically Ill
Forthcoming Spring 2022
By: Robert Bell
ISBN: 978-0-88839-747-8 [Trade Paperback]
ISBN: 978-0-88839-749-2 [Trade Hardcover]
ISBN: 978-0-88839-750-8 [eBook]
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 5.5" X 8.5"
Publication Date: 2022
This title describes the journey the author took after developing a bizarre set of seemingly unrelated symptoms, which became increasingly debilitating, and were eventually diagnosed as Lyme disease.
He describes the frustration of dealing with a highly skeptical Canadian medical system that simply did not believe Lyme exists, at least not in Canada, resulting in him seeking out-of-country medical treatment in the United States. Even with that treatment, the damage done by the Lyme disease led to his premature retirement, whereupon he quickly discovered the therapeutic benefits of birding to his health.
The author then provides numerous tips on how to get in to birding, and reflects on how the joy of birding has been his ideal therapy for dealing with a chronic disease and chronic pain.
Bob Bell was born and raised in northern Ontario. He spent thirty-five years as a mineral exploration geologist, working globally as both a field geologist and, later, a mining company executive. At some point in his travels, he contracted Lyme disease, which led to his premature retirement at the end of 2015. He quickly discovered the health benefits of birding, and found himself suddenly immersed in a whole new world of joy and excitement.
His passion for birding kept his mind off his ailing body, and facilitated his transition to living and coping with a chronic illness. Bob is passionate about sharing the joy of birding with people of all skill levels, meeting them wherever they may land on the spectrum of health and wellness. You can follow him on Twitter @ThebirderBob.
— XXXX Senior Director, Bird-Friendly Communities, National Audubon Society
— XXXXX, Author & Illustrator of the Sibley Guides to Birds
—XXXXXX, Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University and Florida Gulf Coast University