It only took 3 years, one ambulance ride, multiple ER visits, cardiac specialists, multiple doctors, a ridiculous diagnosis of PTSD and being labeled as a mental case to receive a proper diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease. I’m one of the lucky ones. Most patients see many more specialists over the course of more than 10 … Continue reading Overcoming Trauma from Chronic Illness
Healing is being able to hike up Camelback Mountain with your daughter and not have to worry if you will randomly pass out. Healing is being able to attend a Cubs/Cards game with my family and not have a panic attack from a crowded stadium. Healing is saying YES to attending community events and not … Continue reading What Does Healing Look Like?
My illness is hidden. This is what you don’t see. These are my bruises. This is my pain. If the layers of my skin were peeled back, this is what you would see. Lyme disease is no joke. The pain is hidden yet it is so real. It grinds into your joints, muscles, organs...anything it … Continue reading A Picture of Pain
What does pain look like? Most days, my pain is not visible, although when I was deep in my battle, I was unable to hide the reality of excruciating pain that ruled my every move. When the pain was unbearable, I would hide. I would retreat to my spot on the hardwood floor in a … Continue reading The Face of Pain
The Good...Today marks exactly one year ago that I was whisked away to Florida for treatment from chronic Lyme disease. My immune system was shot. Chronic fatigue plagued my body. My days were filled with never ending pain and questions about my health with no answers. Here I am exactly one year later. I am … Continue reading The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.
From a brief glance, it would appear I was having the time of my life in both of these pictures snapped at Wrigley Field. You see, these pictures only tell a small part of the story. One was taken in the summer of 2017 while the other was taken just a week ago. I desperately … Continue reading What a Difference a Year Makes
You see that girl there in the middle? The one with the smile?!?! The girl who is living life?!? This is a girl who was once overtaken by Lyme disease. ~ Lyme disease. Ughhh. An illness that once ruled every moment of my life. The past few years have been overwhelming with being misdiagnosed, failed … Continue reading Freedom from the Grips of Lyme
What is the worst pain you have ever experienced? Take that moment of pain that knocks you off your feet, that grinds into every joint and bone in your body, that makes you feel like you could vomit at any second if it continues. Imagine if that pain would creep into your world on a … Continue reading Describing the Pain of Chronic Lyme
The daily struggle I endured with Lyme disease was real. The confusion, sleepless nights, the pain. The tears that were shed behind closed doors. Tears of pain. Tears of frustration. Tears from not understanding. Tears from being scared and overwhelmed. ~ Lyme disease slowly stripped me of my normal reality. The pain became unbearable to … Continue reading Living with Chronic Lyme
Imagine living with an illness that has no cure. An illness that much of the medical community does not understand or acknowledge. Imagine being misdiagnosed for years, yet waking up everyday to the same miserable reality; the reality of feeling like you are knocking on deaths doorstep. 🤷🏻♀️ In the following paragraphs, Linsey Joy peels … Continue reading Life with an Illness that Has No Cure