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?
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
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
March 14, 2018...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 … Continue reading Describing the Pain of Chronic Lyme
October 4, 2017...Lyme Disease can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart. Lyme Disease is millions of microscopic corkscrew bacteria that drill their way through skin, muscles, joints, bones, nerves, organs and brain tissue causing out of control inflammation and a myriad of disabling … Continue reading What Is Lyme Disease?
September 25, 2017...You know the feeling you get when you think something is not right? Maybe it's the flu? Maybe it's something you ate? You ignore the signals your body is giving you to push through and do what you want to. Pushing through my day = pain levels skyrocket. Pushing through gives lyme the … Continue reading Hey Siri, How Much Epsom Salt Will I Need to Make Me Feel Human?
I will be using this space to highlight the highs and lows of living life with chronic Lyme Disease. Let your FAITH be bigger than your fears!