I began this blog when I was spending 24 hours a day in bed because of Lyme and other infections I got from tick bites. I was infected in the backyard of my Northern Virginia home, then re-infected in Southern Maryland where I live now.
My goal is to share what I’ve learned—and what I continue to learn. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 300,000 people are infected in the US every year.
Do the math over a decade; that’s a lot of people. And those numbers are likely quite low because of misdiagnoses and under-reporting. Now multiply that across the globe and you see we’ve got a crisis.
There’s lots of misinformation out there about Lyme, if you haven’t realized that yet.
I’m not a doctor, but I am someone who knows what it’s like to live with this illness and I’ve learned a thing or two. I’ve endured symptoms ranging from excruciating 24-hour physical pain to severe, Alzheimer’s-like cognitive deficits. I’ve been through job loss twice, a fight for disability, downsizing for financial reasons, and the loss of friendships. I’ve also gone from bedridden to getting out in the world again, and hope to eventually regain a normal life.
Looking around on my blog, you’ll find:
- patient stories
I hope they will answer some of your questions, or point you to a helpful source.
Or maybe just let you know you are not alone.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is “Take care of more than the medical side of things.” Like any other serious chronic illnesses, Lyme can strip away critical connections to life around you.
Don’t let it happen.
Remember that you are not Lyme disease. You are still you.
Do your best to hold onto the meaningful people and things that connect you to life and love.
Caregivers, family, and friends: You have a critical role to play with your loyalty and support. Bring it on!
I wish every one of you good health.
Please see the “Categories” button to the right to find the topics that might interest you most. Share your comments, knowledge, humor… and help spread the word about the dangers of illnesses from ticks. The right information could easily save a life.