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Is it Lyme disease? Sheboygan man searches for answers to debilitating illness

7:06 PM, Jun. 29, 2013
Man attributes debilitating symptoms to Lyme disea...
Man attributes debilitating symptoms to Lyme disea...: Sheboygan man Nathan Braatz talks about his life with what he believes is Lyme disease, which has affected his brain and nervous system so much he can't work and can't tolerate being in bright light.
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Nathan Braatz lives in the dark.

The 38-year-old former cyclist and weight lifter keeps the curtains drawn all the time. He wears light-canceling goggles over a scarf and gauze pads on his eyes before stepping outside. He's on oxygen and hasn't been able to work in about five years.

"I went from being a weightlifter to working full time to being college-educated, with a double business major and graduating magna cum laude, to this," Braatz said. "My overall quality of life is still so compromised by this disease that I can't live a normal life. I can't go out in the sun, I can't even read on paper at ...

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