GREENE COUNTY, Mo -- A mild winter season could translate into more ticks and more bites this Spring. According to the Center's for Disease Control, cases of Lyme Disease has steadily risen in the last decade.
The data suggests people in the Ozarks shouldn't have to worry about ever getting Lyme Disease. However, several people who spoke with KY3 say that data isn't telling the whole story, and that ignorance about this debilitating disease could lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering.
"I was depressed. I was anxious. I have significant mental fog," said Jenni Fansler.
"There are days that you feel so bad you truly think you are going to die," said Elizabeth Ferguson.
"I think I still have a long way to go. I still have memory issues. I still have joint pain. I still have fatigue." said Eric Figg.
Three different people -- from three different areas of the Ozarks -- are all fighting the same thing. It's something that comes with a laundry list of symptoms.
"It gets into your cells. It gets into your nervous system. It gets into your joints. It gets into all these places and it's harder to treat," said Fansler.
"I went through my phases like 'am I crazy?' because it is so strange," said Ferguson.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, they're fighting something that barely exists in Missouri--Lyme Disease.