I never particularly like to tell my Lyme story or relive the pain and suffer that I and my family went through but for HOPE, for INSPIRATION, for the good parts that come after all the pain, it is worth telling. In 2007, after countless doctor visits with a never ending supply of specialists, I was diagnosed with Late Stage CNS Lyme Disease, Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrichliosis and Meningoencephalitis. I wasn’t supposed to live. My family was to make me comfortable. The doctors said they could do nothing else for me. I, through the fog and pain and fatigue, said that was not an option for me.
I spent the next several years, that’s right, YEARS, fighting to regain my health and my life and clawing my way back to the land of the living. With the guidance of my LLMD and the love and support of my family, friends and Lyme community I have been able to stand and walk again, go into public places, care for myself, speak properly, reduce my medication and pill load to simply 4 pills a day. I drive again, I have created a business and work from home, I am a full time single mom, I no longer have seizures, I no longer have debilitating pain. I sleep at night without the need for medication…the list is endless. I have what we all fight so hard for and that is QUALITY to our lives. I am not special. I simply chose to wake up each and every single day and say “I can do this and I will not stop pushing myself” so please tell yourselves the same. KEEP FIGHTING!
If there are things I can say to other Lymies it would be to believe you are worthwhile. No matter how sick you are I promise you are bringing something wonderful and magical to this world. You must believe in yourself and you must trust in yourself. The strongest and most amazing people I have ever had the honor to meet are often those with Lyme Disease. Do not let this disease steal your light, your courage, your love. I promise there is hope that each of us will all have the lives we dream of having.
For anyone reading this that loves someone suffering from Lyme Disease and all its complex issues. First, I say thank you. Please keep loving your Lymie. We need you. We need the well to remember us and to fight for us. We most especially need you to believe in us and to prop us up during the storm. I know that without the support of my family and my “team” I would not be where I am today. I am eternally grateful to those who stuck by my side and to those who now come into my life and love and accept me for exactly who I am.
In September of 2012, I will celebrate my 5 year anniversary with my Lyme Doctor. I think I will celebrate by doing what I love most. Living.