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Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in Canada

By Vanessa Farnsworth

Rain on a Distant RoofIt’s estimated that more than 80 percent of the population of eastern Canada is living in regions that are endemic for Lyme disease and the numbers of infections are expected to soar.  Yet what remains unknown about this debilitating illness continues to trump what is known, placing the health of Canadians increasingly at risk. This groundbreaking book, a compelling mixture of biography and scientific discovery, is a must-read for anyone who spends time in nature or even their own backyard.

ISBN: 978-1927426-23-4 ($19.99)
eBook ISBN: 978-1927426-24-1 ($9.99)
Published by Signature Editions.

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"Rain on a Distant Roof is a MUST-READ in an era where Lyme disease is so often misunderstood." ~ Dr. Marie Matheson, BSc., L.Ac., ND, Member of ILADS

“Rain on a Distant Roof is an excellent read. I recommend it. Our politicians at all levels and physicians of every ilk should read it as well.” ~ Jim Wilson, President, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

"Farnsworth is an experienced and exceptionally good writer, up to the task of relating a powerful and horrifying personal story while at the same time educating readers on the science of the difficult-to-diagnose tick-borne diseases." ~ Lorne Eckersley, Creston Valley Advance

"Farnsworth has written both a well-researched study of a frequently misunderstood disease, and a harrowing journal of a devastating illness and a disastrously unresponsive public health system." ~ Quentin Mills-Fenn, Style Manitoba

"Rain on a Distant Roof offers thought-provoking insight into the daily struggles and obstacles faced by chronic Lyme disease patients. Vanessa Farnsworth's self-described "tick-shattered life" is an all too common but seldom told story of desperately ill Canadians caught in a healthcare nightmare." ~ Susan McInnis, President, Lyme Disease Association of Alberta

"Vanessa Farnsworth's book is one of the very few that manages to delve deeper into the human psyche ... exploding myths surrounding the illness and combining this, as she does, with thorough up-to-date research (2013) on the parasitical bacteria called borrelia." ~ Andrew McGuinness, UK novelist & lecturer

"Farnsworth combines a journalist’s tenacity with a writer’s sensibility, presenting her struggle with the disease but also with a health care system that too often leaves sufferers misdiagnosed and under-supported." ~ Charlene Diehl, Director, Winnipeg International Writers Festival

"Vanessa Farnsworth takes you deep into the dark places of Lyme disease with her personal story about chronic illness. Rain on a Distant Roof shines light on the political storm of Lyme disease in Canada and our failing Canadian health care system. This is a common story of Lyme disease that is uncommonly heard, and a must read for all Canadians as this illness continues to rise." ~ Dr. Rebecca Risk, R.Ac, TCMD, S.C., Host, Falling Through The Cracks

“A mixture of biography and science, Vanessa Farnsworth's Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in Canada not only introduces the reader to the bizarrely intelligent bacterium at the root of Lyme disease, it recounts the Creston, B.C. resident's own horrendous battle with the disease since 2007. " ~ BC Bookworld