Hi Jess and everyone else,
I first became really sick after a spider bite (at least that's what the intensive skin biopsies showed). I didn't think back then that spiders could transit lyme bacteria but after hearing stories about people getting infected from black flies, mosquitoes, etc. I did some research (yeah, I'm always doing research!) and found the real culprit most of the time is the White Footed Mouse.
This white-footed mouse is actually the "host" of most lyme strains and any blood sucking vector that feed on these mice then carry these strains and infect humans. I found that very interesting.
Sometimes I think I was born with lyme (that my mother passed it down) and that my immune system just fought it off. But I don't really know for sure.
Anyway, nice to meet you!