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PANDAS, PANS, Pediatric, Autoimmune, Neurological
Disorder, Streptococcus, Anxiety, OCD, Antibiotic

In Limbo Over Lyme Disease

In Limbo Over Lyme Disease is about the journey of a teen with Lyme disease and co-infections, caused by the bite of a tick. If not caught early, Lyme disease and co-infections can become chronic and wreak havoc on a person's body, mind, and life. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to a successful recovery. Prevention is important for everyone, since ticks are found around the world.

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In A Pickle Over PANDAS

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus


This book is about a young boy’s journey with a harrowing illness called PANDAS, an acronym for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus. He wakes up one morning, and overnight, is stricken with unusual and frightening symptoms that turn his world upside down. Some of the symptoms he experiences are anxiety & OCD. This happened all because an autoimmune response caused dysfunctional antibodies to invade the basal ganglia of the brain instead of fighting off the streptococcus bacteria. The boy has never even heard of PANDAS. After a long road, filled with doctor visits, blood draws, procedures & surgery, he is finally on the road to recovery. In time, he is able to forget about this harrowing illness. Then, the only PANDAS he knows of are the black and white bears at the zoo.

Available in English and Spanish




Bronze Award

2016 eLit Electronic Book Awards 

Health/Medicine/Nutrition category 



2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards 

Children's/Juvenile Non-Fiction category



10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards 

Medical category


2016 Readers' Favorite Five Stars


About Melanie

Melanie S. Weiss, RNC-MNN, BSN has been a registered nurse for thirty years, certified in maternal-newborn nursing. Her goals in writing this book were to explain a frightening illness to the children afflicted with it, in an informative but non-frightening way, and to raise awareness about the disorder. She is also the author of the article, “The Pandemonium of PANDAS.” Melanie lives in Long Island, NY with her husband and three sons and is an employee of the North Shore LIJ Health System.


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Women of Distinction 2016 (click here to read article)



in a pickle over pandas


PANDAS: What Every Parent Needs to Know - Read Melanie's Article in Calameo

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