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Ticks and Lyme disease

Out of the Lyme Light and into the Sunlight

Bob Bell




May 27, 2024

Milton Sports Centre, Santa Maria Boulevard, Milton, ON, Canada

Out of the Lyme Light and into the Sunlight describes the journey taken by the author Bob Bell after developing a bizarre set of increasingly debilitating symptoms, eventually leading to a diagnosis of Lyme disease. He describes his experiences, including the various allopathic and complementary medical treatments he received, and his frustrations in dealing with a skeptical Canadian medical system, which resulted in him seeking out-of-country medical treatment. Amidst an exhausting barrage of medications, fiery nerve pain, overwhelming fatigue and chronic pain, Bob turned to his love of nature and discovered the therapeutic benefits of birding to his health. He reflects on birding as his ideal therapy for dealing with a chronic disease and with chronic pain, and provides numerous tips on how to both begin birding as well as enjoy it, regardless of one’s physical ability. This book is the result of the author’s desire to make this potentially life-changing hobby accessible to everyone, and to give hope to those seeking to feel better.

About the author

Robert C. (Bob) Bell was born and raised in northern Ontario. After obtaining an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Geology, he spent thirty-five years as a mineral exploration geologist, working globally as both a field geologist and, later, as an 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 that this new hobby 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.

Bob would be delighted to have you follow his book and birding activity, by sending a friend request to, or by following him on Twitter at @ThebirderBob, BlueSky at, or Instagram at thebirderbob.

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