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Vernon Dale Kyle liked a good story. Mostly about cat-fishing on a long forgotten Kansas lake. He was born Sept 24, 1955 in Garnett, Kansas. He had one best friend in those early days, and it was Don. They roamed the Kansas prarie like the buffalo, wild and free!
We never knew when he contracted bartonella. He had symptoms of Lyme disease since he was 15 yrs old. All the doctors told him that the pain in his knees was not real, and that he couldn't possibly be "that tired" as a young person. So, he quit saying anything and just lived life as it came to him.
At the end when he received antibiotics, he began to do well, but at that point the doctors would just take away his IV's and send him home.Every doctor refused to diagnose him with tick-borne disease. Like most Kansans who are outdoorsmen, taking ticks off is a daily event. You just accept that its part of nature and don't think much about it.Vernon was misunderstood most of his life by those around him. It wasn't until 2007, that anyone recognized that Vernon had suffered from Lyme disease most of his life. Finally, he debilitated and lived in great pain, but never lost his sense of humor. He left us in October 2010, still undiagnosed and untreated.