Press / TV / Online

Runner’s World Magazine interview – July 2014 issue

Angela Coulombe, aka Lymerunner, in Runner's World Magazine, July 2014I was humbled and honoured to be featured in the July 2014 issue of Runner’s World magazine. Special thanks to Gretchen Voss who wrote the article and David Wright who did an amazing job with the photography! Check out the full story here:



April 2014 – WCSH6 207

WCSH TV Magazine 207 interviews "The Real Runners of New England"My running buddies Lisa Labonte, Lara Favreau, Karen Fortier and I were all featured on WCSH6’s nightly newsmagazine program 207 as Mainers running in the Boston Marathon. Our unique story centers on us all volunteering at the finish line in 2013 as the explosions went off. Click here or on the image to the left to view the video.

Lyme Run to raise awareness for disease

7:46 a.m. EDT April 24, 2014 – An interview with Sharon Rose Vaznis of WCSH6, to promote the 3rd Annual Jimmy the Greeks Maine Mall 5K for Lyme Disease Awareness. Click here or on the image below to play the video.

Sharon Rose Vaznis interviewing Angela Coulombe

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11/26/2013 – Lymerunner named as one of the top 20 inspirational runners in the US

I’m extremely humbled to be included on this list. The people who have made it all seem to have done so much more than I have, but then again, I run not only for those with Lyme but for all those struggling to regain their health. As I’m fond of saying, “This Run’s for You!”. Check out the full article here at Daily Burn:

WCSH6 recognizes Jimmy the Greeks Maine Mall 5K for Lyme Disease Awareness

WCSH6 Gives a shout out to the 3rd Annual Jimmy the Greeks Maine Mall 5K for Lyme Disease Awareness


The 3d annual Jimmy the Greeks Maine Mall 5K for Lyme Disease Awareness received a shout out and recap on WCSH6’s morning report.
Click here or on the image to the left to view the video.



Run, Walk to Raise Awareness About Lyme Disease

WCSH6 Recaps the 2013 Jimmy the Greeks Maine Mall 5K for Lyme Disease Awareness. Click here or on the image below to watch the video.

Sharon Rose Vaznis interviewing Angela Coulombe

Visit the full story here. 25, 2013 at 5:37 AM





Run, Walk to Raise Awareness About Lyme Disease – Printed Piece Online

Read all about the 2nd Annual Jimmy the Greeks Maine Mall 5K for Lyme Disease Awareness.

2012 5k Race for Lyme Disease Awareness – Printed Piece Online

Apr 20, 2012 at 8:35 AM – Read all about the 1st Annual Jimmy the Greek Maine Mall 5K for Lyme Disease Awareness here.

WCSH6 Interview Post NYC Marathon 2010

Post NYC Marathon Interview with Sharon Rose Vaznis on WCSH6 TV


November 24, 2010 – Just three years ago, Angela Coulombe of Saco couldn’t dress herself, walk up a flight of stairs, or get out of bed without assistance. She had contracted Lyme disease, causing severe fatigue and pain in her joints and muscles. Click here or on the image to the left to view the video.

Lymerunner/Lymebuddies on Good Day Maine, Wednesday, October 13, 2010 LIVE!!

When I contacted Erin Ovalle at Good Day Maine, I had no idea at the time that her aunt was severely ill with Lyme Disease. My main objective was and is to raise awareness about the disease. However, knowing that Erin’s aunt has had this terrible diesease only hammers home the fact that the disease is on the rise and that we all need to be vigilent in preventing tick bites, but also in recognizing the symptoms of Lyme should we get bitten. Huge thanks to Erin Ovalle and to Dr. Amelia Randolph! Below is a clip of the live interview that aired today at about 8:10am. Please also visit for more information about Lyme symptoms as well as other helpful information about the disease.

From the Portland Press Herald, Wednesday, September 29, 2010:

Lyme Buddies on the run to raise awareness of disease

By Emma Bouthillette News Assistant PORTLAND — In a little less than six weeks, Angela Coulombe plans to run her first marathon – the New York City Marathon. But before that, she’s going to complete a 5K in Portland – the fourth annual Lyme Disease Awareness Spotlight on Lyme.

 While both events are different Coulombe, of Saco, has a similar mission. She said she wants to raise awareness about Lyme disease and raise money for her organization, Lyme Buddies. “And three, I want to give people hope they can get better,” she said, having been diagnosed with Lyme disease three years ago. After completing the Beach to Beacon 10K road race in 2007, Coulombe’s right leg began to swell. She sought medical treatment and a month of rehabilitation without any improvement. In fact pain increased in her shoulder, hip and knee joints. Then, in October a large bulls-eye shaped rash appeared on her arm. Her primary care physician referred her to an infectious disease doctor who diagnosed her with Lyme disease and prescribed her three weeks of doxcycyline, considered the standard course of treatment, Coulombe said. When her health declined rather than improved, she said she called the doctor. “He said, ‘We all have aches and pains.’ He told me it was old age and arthritis,” she said, but wasn’t convinced. She turned to the Internet to research Lyme disease. “The pain was excruciating and there was no way to know if it would end,” she said, finding hope in connecting with Amie Levasseur. “She was my support during that time. We were able to commiserate and get through another day.” She eventually found a new doctor and a treatment that allowed her to recover The two formed Lyme Buddies, a resource for those with Lyme disease. Coulombe said it was the greatest help to her to hear about successful outcomes of Lyme disease and not just “the horror stories.” She later met Jessica Platanitis of Saco, who started the walk four years ago in Wells as an effort to raise awareness about the disease. She decided to host the walk in Portland this year to reach a larger population. “It’s important to know ticks (that cause Lyme disease) can infect anybody at any age,” Platanitis said. “Until it happened (to me), I didn’t know anything about it,” Coulombe said. “It’s crucial to know how to check for ticks and how to remove ticks. Even if I had noticed the tick (that bit me), I probably wouldn’t have made the connection.” Both Coulombe and Platanitis hope that events such as the walk and run will help raise awareness and educate people not only about the disease, but also how to prevent it. “The general perception is if you get bit, then take doxycycline and you’ll be fine,” Coulombe said, but as with her own experience, “that’s not always the case.” Staff Writer Emma Bouthillette can be contacted at 791-6325 or at:

Sharon Rose Vaznis’ In-depth, Comprehensive 4-part Series on Lyme Disease

,p>I’d like to send out a huge Thank you to WCSH6, Portland, Maine for having the courage to launch a four part series about the controversy surrounding Lyme diagnosis, treatment, and for highlighting what it is like to live with Lyme. Kudos to Sharon Rose Vaznis for doing such a tremendous job with this difficult subject. My children were 3 and 8 when I became ill with Lyme. It was hard to explain to my three year old why I could no longer pick him up, why I had to go to bed BEFORE him, why I couldn’t play with him, etc. My sons are now old enough to understand and this series played a huge part in explaining it to them. Sharon, today’s 6 mile run, again around Back Cove, is dedicated to you and the staff at WCSH6. Thank you for letting the voices of those of us battling Lyme be heard! Also, thank you for compiling information about Lyme, tips to avoid it, resources and more on your website.

Please visit the homepage of WCSH6’s website, under Health Beats, for more information about Lyme.

Courier Coverage of My Battle With Lyme Disease

Click here or on the image to the left to read the full story titled: Back on Track. In an effort to get the word out and raise awareness about Lyme Disease, I’ve been doing a few local newspaper interviews. Never doubt the power of local press. Already I’ve had quite a few phone calls and emails from others with Lyme Disease who, like me, need someone to talk to about the disease. I’m astonished even now that there are so many people affected by this disease and it does seem obvious that more needs to be done to raise awareness about it. So, in my best efforts to do so, starting with the local press seems like a great way to go. Here is an article that appeared in this Thursday’s Biddeford Saco Journal (July 22, 2010).

Friday, July 5, 2010 Biddeford Saco Journal Tribune

Photo Caption: Angela Coulombe, of Saco, was diagnosed with Lyme Diease in 2007 but has recovered to the point where she plans to run the New York Marathon this fall, using the event to raise awareness about the disease. Liz Gotthelf – Staff Writer SACO – in 2007, Angela Coulombe went from being able to kick through a ½ inch piece of pine in Tae Kwon Do to not being able to dress herself. “I went from 100 percent healthy to an invalid in the course of a couple of months. It was frightening,” she said. That year, Coulombe was diagnosed with Lyme Disease. The excruciating pain made it difficult to sleep at night and her vision decreased. She also suffered neurological symptoms and was in what she called a “constant fog.” One day, she got into her care to drive her sons to school, and realized she did not remember how to operate it. She lived in fear that she would do things that would put her family in danger, like forgetting to lock the doors or turn off the gas stove. “Month after month of that… it wears you down,” she said. The symptoms began in August of 2007 with swelling and joint pain. She did not know what was wrong, and physical therapy and pain relievers did not help. In September, she reached a breaking point when she was unable to get out of bed one morning to answer the phone and shortly after found the tell-tale target-like rash on her upper left arm. She was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, and an infectious disease doctor gave her a three-week prescription for antibiotics and told her she’d be fine. When she still had symptoms after three weeks , he told her it was old age and arthritis. Coulombe was 43 t the time and had always been athletic. Just before she started having symptoms of Lyme Disease she had run the Beach to Beacon race. She felt the infectious disease doctor was wrong, but shed didn’t know what to do. Fortunately, she later found a doctor who was able to help her. In February of 2008, Coulombe was able to hit the gym again and last month she placed second for women in her age category in the Doc’s Tavern 3-Miler race in Biddeford. This fall, on Nov. 7, Coulombe will run the New York Marathon to raise awareness for Lyme Disease and provide hope to others who suffer from it. Coulombe is also running the marathon to raise money for Lymebuddies, a network created to provide support and information to those with Lyme Disease, since she didn’t know much about it until she was diagnosed. Coulombe said that she tried to find a reason why she got the disease, and she said that when she was coping with the symptoms, she told herself she would recover so she could help others with Lyme Disease. “I always hung on to the idea I would get better, but I didn’t know when,” she said. While she was trying to make sense of the disease and recover, Coulombe was able to connect with someone online who had Lyme disease who could understand what she was going through and give support. “I think she was my lifeline. I honestly thing she saved my life,” she said. Coulombe has been off Lyme Disease medications since April 2009 and now copes with the disease by lifestyle changes: Getting enough rest, eating healthy and letting go of stress. Coulombe, who has never run a marathon as long as the 26-mile New York event, is currently training in preparation of the run in the fall. To help motivate herself, she dedicates each training run to one of her Facebook friends, and posts the dedication on her website Coulombe has what she calls her “Lymerunner posse,” a group of friends and family that will be in New York cheering her on and offering their support. Coulombe said her experience with Lyme Disease has taught her to be accepting of others and to be more patient. Where as before she had Lyme Disease there may have been times when she was quick to pass judgment, she said she now gives people the benefit of the doubt, remembering what is was like to try to cope with her symptoms. The experience has also made her more cautious, and she follows practices such as keeping her lawn cut to prevent ticks in the yard and doing regular tick checks. For more information on Lymebuddies, go to – Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535. Ext 325. or