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Musical Medicine: Harpist Astrid Walschot-Stapp’s Journey With Lyme Disease

When Astrid Walschot-Stapp was eight years old, she had such bad knee pain that she told her mother, “It’s almost like thousands of little creatures are eating me from the inside out.” Prior to this, she had a near-death experience when she had a seizure that was so bad it caused her tongue to retract into the back of her throat. What she didn’t know then, and what she wouldn’t find out until many years later, was that she had Lyme disease. During the seizure she lost consciousness and recalls, “I remember being in this beautiful white light…there were strings and when I would touch them a tear would fall, and I always wondered about it.”