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    Rebecca Nelson poses for a photograph with her dog Dalton on her property in Scarborough. Nelson raises turkeys, chickens (both laying and broilers) and cattle to provide much of the meat her family eats, as apart of her diet to combat symptoms of Lyme disease.

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    Nelson uses a pitchfork to get hay for her animals.

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    Nelson scoops chicken feed for her laying hens.

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    Nelson, who raises both laying hens and broiler chickens, was officially diagnosed with Lyme disease more than a year ago, but said she has felt its symptoms from a very early age, including joint pain in her elbows and knees. Nelson is now on a regulated diet to help with her symptoms, including producing much of her own meat and produce.

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    Morgan Tobin cares for her horse, which is border at Rebecca Nelson's barn in Scarborough.

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    Rebecca Nelson carries chicken feed to her laying hens, while her Jack Russell terrier Odin follows. She eats a restrictive diet, absent of sugar and most processed foods, to combat inflammation and pain caused by Lyme disease.

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    Nelson carts a wheelbarrow full of hay to a pen for her daughter's horse Winter and the family's steer Thunder as Odin follows along.

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