After a year of experiencing declining health issues to the point of becoming bed ridden/house bound most days for several months, I finally got a diagnosis of Lyme Disease. I don’t ever remember being bit by a tick, many don’t, but it is believed I have had it for a long time.
For years I have struggled off and on with fatigue and other issues. It comes and goes and I have had many months of feeling fine. However, the past 12 months, many symptoms flared up for some reason and it stumped my doctors in finding the root cause. Severe brain fog (had trouble reading and was forgetting words), severe fatigue, anemic, vitamins and minerals depleted in 4 months time, hormone issues, adrenal fatigue, nervous system issues, neuropathy issues, muscle ache and pain, inflammation and honestly lots more. It was crazy!
Then I had several friends suggest I get tested for Lyme. I never ever would have guessed that and I am truly grateful God brought them into my life! I firmly believe I would still be searching for answers. I had several tests done and it was confirmed as late stage Lyme Disease.
I started several natural treatments about 3 months ago and am seeing huge improvement! I went on a paleo diet, cut out ALL sugar, went on an intense immune building supplement program, started 4 different homepathic meds and found a Lyme literate Chiropractor.. I was operating at about 0% to now about 70% so I take that as a WIN! Huge improvement but still working to get to 100%.
I am sharing the struggle here for several reasons….
One in hopes of bringing awareness. Lyme Disease is becoming an epidemic with over 300,000 cases in the US. Lyme has been called the great imitator because it can mimic so many diseases including MS, fibromyalgia and so many more. For another, to share the gratitude to the people God put in my life to figure this out. One of my physicians and friend, Becky Cash, my business partner and friend, Bonnie Donahe and Trina who helped get me connected with a local lyme literate doctor . My husband, Clark who held it together for both of us. (and still does) He has sacrificed so much and I love him for his support and understanding. For my parents, family and friends <3
And finally, because while I like to think I have it all together, I don’t. It’s good to remember we are human, we need each other and life is not perfect (especially on the internet lol).
This will still be a long recovery and I am so looking forward to healing <3