Rage against and fighting Lyme

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It’s been a rough week trying to recover from surgery in the midst of a brutally cold winter here in Seattle. I don’t do well in the cold, my Lyme acts up and everything hurts.

Lyme hurts. It’s a painful, frustrating, scary disease to have. But what seems to be the worst symptom of Lyme Disease is fear and blame.

You can’t live a life of living in your pain, walking around with a binder full of reasons not to live the life you want. You can’t fully live, when you are weighed down by something that has no cure.  No amount of medicine is going to fully take it away.  Instead of living FOR the disease, LIVE and know that when your hands are swollen, those annoying muscle spasms are getting on your last nerve for the day, or you are just tired, that you have a reason to have a little rest, an extra cup of coffee before your walk.

We are the lucky ones, those who know the answer to what is happening to us.  Whenever I get a little down about my future with Lyme Disease, I look to this poem by Dylan Thomas and find my will to fight harder for the life I want.

“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at
close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise
men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no
lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the
last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a
green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who
caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on
its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near
death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be
gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father,
there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying
of the light.”

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    • Thank you for reading more into it. Lyme disease is a disease passed on from certain ticks to both animals and humans. If caught early, Lyme disease can be treated with no long term effects. However, sadly a lot of people don’t have the trademark red rash that most people think of associated with Lyme Disease and it goes untreated and turns into a much more serious condition. Chronic Lyme Disease is very hard to diagnose and as a result many people never get the correct diagnoses and go untreated their whole lives.

      Check it out, and if you have more questions, I’d love to help you learn more. And as always.. live the life you want and do not go gently into the dark.

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    • That is pretty amazing. This tiny little creature, this almost invisible monster has roamed our planet and out lived many species, yet we can’t find a way to kill it with all of our technology in order to save lives.

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