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Lyme Disease Awareness Nail Polish Giveaway

06/05/2015
My May Lyme Disease Awareness giveaway is finally here! I am late in launching it as my health has recently taken a downturn and I’m struggling to get any clear thoughts. This current health dip makes my giveaway so much more important to me. I will give you a quick background story about Lyme Disease so that you know what this giveaway is about.

Lyme Disease is a spiral shaped bacteria (Spirochete) called Borrelia that is transferred to humans, most commonly through a tick bite. It is also believed to be transferred by mosquitoes, flies, fleas and mites but no studies have been done on this yet. Many patients report that they have passed Lyme Disease onto their partners through sexual contact and to children in utero. Small studies have started to gain evidence on the sexual transmission of Borrelia; it is a cousin of Syphilis after all. 
The symptoms of Lyme Disease are wide ranging. The initial symptoms soon after infection are similar to the flu. Some people develop a bulls eye rash but many do not. If Lyme Disease goes untreated for a long period of time, then the bacteria is able to spread causing symptoms related to multiple organs in the body. You can see a list of symptoms here and read about my daily struggles with Lyme Disease in my ‘A Day In The Life Of Lyme‘ post. 
Lyme Disease is referred to as the great imitator as the symptoms can mimic many other diseases. People with Lyme Disease can be mis-diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), ALS, Alzheimer’s and many other illnesses. Lyme Disease testing is notoriously inaccurate so it is hard to get a diagnosis. 
The Australian Government refuses to acknowledge that Lyme Disease exists in Australia. This means that many people are denied diagnosis and treatment, and are therefore condemned to a life of suffering. Some people in Australia have even died from Lyme Disease because they were unable to access adequate treatment. If you happen to get bitten by a tick overseas then you may be eligible for three weeks worth of antibiotics to treat the bacteria, but that is nowhere near enough treatment to kill Lyme. A large amount of cases in Australia are now classified as “Late Stage Neurological Lyme Disease” as they have spent so long without diagnosis and treatment that the bacteria has been able to infect the brain as well as many other organs. I am classified as a Late Stage Neurological Lyme Disease patient and have very few options for treatment. Borrelia releases toxins when it is killed off that cause a Herximer (Herx) reaction in the patient. If the bacteria load is high in the body then the Herx reaction from antibiotics can be deadly. 
My recovery chances aren’t great at this stage as I was bitten 15 years ago, but I’m not doing this giveaway for me. I am doing this giveaway to raise awareness for this horrible disease so that others can be diagnosed early and get the treatment they need, and therefore not suffer the way I and many others have. I need everyone out there to talk about Lyme Disease, tell everyone you know. If there is enough public backing, surely the government will have to admit that it exists here. 
Now onto the giveaway information. There are two prizes, one for Australian residents and one for residents of select international countries. This is an Instagram only giveaway but please share this blog post so that the information gets out there. 
Prize 1 – Australia
Prize 1 – Australia
Prize one consists of a one of a kind Grace-Full Polish custom called Lyme For A Cure as well as Navy. Two Emily De Molly polishes, You’re Not That Great and Queen Of The Sea. Three EP Polishes Lahni, Waverley and SPF + Sparkle Holo Top Coat. Powder Perfect Addictive Personality, Four Poster Bed and Christmas In A Tropical Climate. Furless Cosmetics Princess. Ulta3 Galaxy, Ulta3 Moon Dust and Ulta3 24 Carat Gold. Three Emily de Molly stamping plates, EDM06, EDM10 and EDM12. Three Nailed Kit decal sets, a powder perfect cuticle balm, a Two Birds cuticle oil, Peita’s Polish cuticle remover and other little nail art bits and pieces. 
Prize 2 – International
Prize 2 – International

Prize two consists of a custom Lyme Disease Awareness polish from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer (not pictured). Three polishes from EP Polish, Waverley, Lahni and SPF + Sparkle holo top coat. Grace-Full Dusty Pink, Emily de Molly Enchanted Isle and Powder Perfect Hidden Well. Three Ulta3 watercolour polishes, Seeing Red, Cello Yellow and Marine Blue. She Sells Sea Shells UK have donated a great bundle of nail vinyls and stencils. Plus there is a Powder Perfect cuticle cream and any other nail art things I can fit in a 500g package. 
The Rules
Read the rules very carefully. This is an Instagram giveaway being run through my account @alintamcmurdo
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1) Repost this picture using the hashtag #LymeGiveawayAus if you live in Australia or #LymeGiveawayIntl if you are in an eligible international country. Eligible international countries are: Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and USA. 
Please do not enter if your country will will destroy polish parcels. 
Prize will not be sent to someone who will forward it on (a mule). 
2) Must follow me and all contributors for a valid entry. Do not unfollow after the giveaway or you will be disqualified from future giveaways. Contributors to follow are She Sells Sea Shells, EP Polish Company, Grace-full Nail Polish, Emily de Molly and Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer
3) Do not tag me or the contributors in the repost. 
4) One entry per person. You may repost more than once to share the information but only use the hashtag on one photo. 
6) If tracked post to you exceeds $20 then you must pay the remainder by PayPal before the parcel is sent. You are responsible for any taxes your country imposes. 
5) Your account must be public. No giveaway accounts. Must be 18 to enter. 
6) Winners will be drawn randomly. Winners have 48 hours to respond to my message. If the 48 hours expires then a new winner will be chosen. 
7) Giveaway ends on the 24th of May at 6pm Melbourne time 2015. 

Don’t forget to do a green mani during May with the tag #LymeAwarenessNails to raise awareness for Lyme Disease.

Edit – I forgot to mention that the awesome Lyme Awareness ribbon image in the giveaway picture is from Twist Of Lyme Decals who sell some great Lyme awareness products. 
Love, Alinta

9 Comments

  • Christine Chipman 10/05/2015 at 7:12 am

    I finally managed to work out how to repost on Instagram and finally entered the giveaway. It's an awesome giveaway, and I'm also promoting Lyme on my Facebook to try and encourage people to support it. All the best, and thanks for having such a wonderful prize. Good luck to all the entrants.

  • Christine Chipman 10/05/2015 at 7:38 am

    I can't get the #LymeGiveawayAus tag to work in the Repost app. Can you tell me how I can repost the photo on Instagram, please?

    • Alinta McMurdo 12/05/2015 at 7:29 am

      You did it right 🙂 I normally just take a screen shot on my phone and then upload that like a normal photo and add the hashtag myself. Thanks so much for helping!

  • Kool Klawz 12/05/2015 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks for the chance, Alinta! I had no idea, not only that Lyme disease was so serious, but that it's so hard in Australia to get proper treatment for it. I will definitely be sharing my green mani. Thank you for enlightening me and sharing your struggle, and I'll keep you in my prayers. xx

    • Alinta McMurdo 13/05/2015 at 5:48 am

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate your support 🙂

  • Abie 18/05/2015 at 11:35 am

    Even in parts of the US it's almost impossible to get good treatment. I had a doctor tell me that it flat out doesn't exist in my state, so he refused to even TALK to me about it.

    Do you see a LLMD? I'm sure there aren't many in Aus (if any?), but it may be worth the long expensive flight to get to a doctor who knows what they are doing. I would gladly donate if you had a gofundme or something set up so you could come to the US to get treatment! It's a long hard road, but I don't think you should feel hopeless.

    I don't know when I contracted Lyme, but it could have been 3 years or 20 years, but I ended up seeing an amazing doctor (who is about an 8-hour drive from me), and that has made all the difference. It's been amazing to see someone who understands and knows what they are doing. And someone who doesn't make me feel crazy or like they think I'm making it all up. I'm finally getting better, and it's been amazing to have "normal" days where I'm not in pain or exhausted or nauseous.

    Even though I don't know you, I am with you. There are many of us with you who are hoping you can find the right treatment to recover. <3

    • Alinta McMurdo 19/05/2015 at 6:17 am

      I do have a doctor but my bug load is too high for antibiotics so I'm trying an alternative route with diet, bioresonance, laser acupuncture and reiki. Many Aussies have go fund me accounts to raise money to go to Germany as they have a great treatment centre here but I don't know anyone who has been able to raise the $40,000 to do so. I still have some hope but I've also been told by doctors to be realistic about the chances of a full recovery.
      It's great that you have seen improvement, there are lots of people who have, I know. But I don't seem to get better doing the exact same things that they did. Different bodies and bacteria intensities or something. Hopefully I will find a way soon. Thank you for your support xx

  • Christine Chipman 25/05/2015 at 6:02 am

    Who won the prizes, please, Alinta?

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    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after.  As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒
#rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after. As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒 #rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    3 months ago
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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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