I am not sure if any of you know this. But I have Chronic Lyme disease. I probably got it when I was about 11, growing up in the trees and woods. I never thought about getting Lyme disease. My Gram would always tell me to watch out for ticks, but only because those lil “buggers” would latch on to your skin and suck out your blood. I didn’t know then that I could and would catch a life threatening disease that 30 years later would be one of the biggest fights of my whole life.
Lyme sucks. You never know what you are going to wake up with. You know that it’s going to get worse and you are just thankful that it’s only pain today and you can still walk. You hug your children tight, and pray that they don’t learn that this is passed down to our children. But every time they have an ache or pain, you silently fear that it is your fault.
There’s no cure. The treatments make you feel miserable, but they treat the symptoms and they will come back. The more that you think about your disease, the more it seems to rise up and slap you around.
I hear people all the time say..” Oh, I have a XXX with Lyme. ” or know someone with it. And yet even though Lyme is one of the most common diseases.. it’s one that few actually think about until they have it. Then we think about it all the time. We need to find a cure, a treatment, support, but until someone famous starts screaming for help… it won’t get as much attention.
Please, talk about Lyme. Ask your doctors about Lyme. Become more aware of Lyme!