I am not the only person suffering from chronic Lyme disease. And chances are, I am not the only person you know who has it.
Have (or how have) you been touched by Lyme disease?
Perhaps you have a friend who has Lyme. Or a sibling, parent or child. Or multiple siblings or children. Perhaps you don’t know anyone personally, but have friends or relatives who do.
Whether you can name off a dozen or zero people in your life who have Lyme disease, my guess is you have been touched by this illness. Even if you don’t see it. Don’t hear about it. Don’t even really know what it is.
It affects you. It affects all of us.
During my upcoming treatment at LymeStop, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, I will undergo a series of treatments that will hopefully help my complex symptoms to improve. What you may not know is that, though this appointment was set up for me, my husband and son will be undergoing testing as well.
This is one of the reasons why I chose to receive treatment from this program: they see chronic illness for what it is – a complicated illness that affects the entire family.
I am not sure whether or not Jonathan and Gunther will test positive for Lyme. On one hand, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did, since we all live within such close proximity of one another.
On the other, I just hope – really, really, hope – they don’t. Because this illness has created enough hell on earth for our family as it is. (For the record, we’ve taken precautions to avoid my passing it to them – since discovering I had it, that is. Also, we had Gunther tested at birth and received a negative result. But you never know.)
What’s that? You thought Lyme was only transmitted by ticks? You’re not alone; The CDC thinks so too, but there is evidence to suggest otherwise.
Borrelia has been discovered in bodily fluids including saliva, blood, breast milk , semen and urine. Lyme can be transmitted via blood transfusions. And it can be transmitted through more insects than just ticks, being carried by mosquitoes, fleas, mites and spiders.
No wonder Lyme disease is severely under-reported and growing at pandemic rates.
How many more people will have to suffer? From what we don’t know? What the mainstream news and health care systems aren’t willing to accept? What we struggle to control, as people like me strive to find answers on our own?
Families all around the world are having to fight for their health just as mine is doing right now. People need to wake up to how serious this is.
Will you join in the fight?
Comment below with your thoughts, encouraging words, affirmations, positive vibes, etc. as my family and I take this next step in our health journey. We appreciate any and all support we have during this time.