my youngest was dx'd with lyme 18 months ago. she was likely bitten by the tick June '12. by November she was experiencing SEVERE joint pain. the kind of pain were she could put no pressure on her wrists. she was having significant hip pain and spine pain. this was 6 months after the bite. she spent 6 months on anti-biotics.
I have a friend who was bitten by a tick in 2000. she was dx'd with Lyme disease 2 yrs ago. NOW after all of these years, she is SIGNIFICANTLY disabled.
if you were bitten by a tick and got Lyme disease when you were 2 or 3 and are now 15 (left untreated), then you would be like my friend is now---------significantly impaired.