Have you ever been so tired that just the thought of moving makes you want to put your head down and cry? There are days that I know I swim in the heaviness of exhaustion and my eyes beg to close for just a moment. I don’t dare because I know that I won’t open them again for hours. Sometimes when my Lyme Disease is rearing up, I fight this… Read More »Exhausted – A Lyme Disease Symptom
Living with Chronic pain can be isolating, scary, and frustrating to friends and family. Guest Blogger, Annie Grace shares her post about what she wishes other people knew about her struggle living with chronic pain and fibromyalgia. Chronic pain has become an epidemic across the globe: it’s estimated that 1.5 billion people suffer from immense and ongoing pain, every day. So why is it, then, that we don’t talk about… Read More »6 Things People With Chronic Pain Wish They Could Tell Their Friends
One of the hardest things about having an invisible disease is trying to make it through the day. Some days are routine and other days there are hurdles that you have to get over. But you always have to face starting over again the next morning. There are no days off, no vacation days, no holidays off from being sick. For years I tried to forget about having Lyme. I… Read More »Lyme and Spoons
Why do you think you have Lyme Disease? You really think that this bacteria floats around in your body for years and years and you are just walking around? You are here, walking and talking and on my table getting tests and you believe that you are filled with this deadly bacteria? Nonsense. Don’t believe everything you are told by doctors, stay away from them. Eat more papaya and live… Read More »Lyme Disease Isn’t Real
Hey Everyone! Wow, it’s been so hot here in Maryland. I knew the humidity was terrible, but goodness it’s thick! So I’ve been getting up extra early to get out into the garden before it gets hot and while it’s totally worth missing some sleep, even at 6:30 it’s been hot and humid. Gardening is my best weapon against Lyme Disease Let’s be honest, I hate mornings, and I really… Read More »Gardening is my best weapon against Lyme Disease
“When you know your ‘Why’, your ‘What’ has more impact, because you’re walking in or towards your purpose.” – Michael Jr. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click an affiliate link and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you.) There are reasons for WHAT I do. I write because I feel I am… a Writer. But WHY I walk towards that… Read More »Why Talk About Your Challenges?
So many people, including myself, suffer through Fibromyalgia pain. The day-to-day pain can be mind-numbing and just thinking of going to the gym feels unattainable. But you can do more without having to trek to the gym to help your body to feel better and stay healthy. Today’s post comes to us from The Health Review‘s contributor and editor Debra Cochran. We know that using CBD before exercising helps to keep your… Read More »8 Gym-Free Exercises for People with Fibromyalgia
I’ve had Lyme almost all of my life. It’s a part of me and my day to day. I know it’s unusual, but often I forget that it is anything different from anyone else. But sometimes there are things I wish my friends knew about my life with Lyme Disease.
My battle with Lyme Disease began before I knew I had it.
Like many people I was misdiagnosed for many years before finally being diagnosed. Everything from MS to Anxiety have been on my medical records. Lyme is commonly misdiagnosed, leaving people wondering if their friends or family are making up their illness and the victim wondering if they will ever find relief.
I was likely a small child when I was bitten by a tick carrying my future inside it. My body has been fighting an invasion since I was in elementary school. I spent my 20’s wondering why I couldn’t keep up with people my age. Now I know.
Sometimes I need to rest to let it catch up.
My “Resting Bitch Face” isn’t what you think.
I live with pain. Every day, every hour, something hurts somewhere. Sometimes it’s an ache or a dull throb, other times it is the painful sting of inflammation. I manage it the best I can without meds because I know in the long run, the meds are very damaging to my other organs that are also fighting this disease.
I get tired, frustrated that I can’t get up and dance with my friends like I used to, even a little envious of a few of you who can enjoy a few cocktails and night of dancing. But my RBF is judged pretty hard even though I’m actually happy to be able to get out and hang out.
Sometimes I just can’t.
One of the hardest realities of living with Lyme is knowing that your immune system is awful. You have to measure your strength with expectations.
It is embarrassing to have to message a friend ahead of time who has been complaining about being sick to warn her that you just can’t be with her because you can’t take the risk of getting sick for the next few weeks.
Kids are cool. But they are also germ magnets and while post parents are used to their little ones cruising from one illness to the next. Sometimes I just have to take a step back from kid friendly events when I know it is flu or cold season in the schools. It isn’t because I don’t love the kids, but because I can’t give weapons to the bacteria I am already infected with.
I’ve even had to turn down coming to see new babies because the siblings were sick with the flu. It was awful.
I don’t go to the gym and I am okay with it.
These days among my friends, everyone is trying to get summer bathing suit ready or in “cruse shape” because some of us are headed on a trip together. They talk about their marathons, weekend gym dates, and diets they are currently on. And I smile and listen, I think it’s great that they are excited about it.
But I don’t go to the gym and I don’t diet.
Instead I am in physical therapy usually twice a week to try to keep my muscles from locking up or to settle the pain in a bad area. I have regular visits with my doctors to make sure my heart is staying strong and my liver isn’t getting worse. I’ve watched my weight climb up and down with each switch of my medications and cringed when I looked in the full length mirror. After a workout I’m exhausted for days and in pain for a week.
I’ve learned to accept that I might never get down to a 7 again, but I will keep fighting a disease that’s entire goal is to kill me. And when I look at my body that’s now patched up with scars from surgeries and battle, I know that I am thankful that today I am not bedridden and I can go walking through the Farmer’s Market to enjoy the sweetness of life without guilt.
You can talk to me about my disease.
I’m pretty sure that most of my friends know I have Lyme. But I don’t talk about it much. Usually because few people actually ask me about it.
I know they must have questions or wonder why I cancel at the last minute a night of dancing and fun. They just don’t ask. I wish my friends knew that they can come talk to me about my illness and I am happy to answer all of their questions. Lyme Disease is difficult, but harder when you feel like nobody understands you.
There’s been a lot of talk about Lyme disease after a few celebrity voices have come forward speaking about their experiences with this complicated disease. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, I hope that perhaps one of these celebrity voices with their money and influence will somehow have discovered something new that will actually help the hundreds of thousands of people suffering. (This post includes affiliate links. Should you click… Read More »Overcoming Lyme Disease by Taking Away Its Power.
We didn’t ask for this, a life of questioning, doubting, and wondering how much longer. But a life with Lyme is still a life. Day by day, you learn to live your life beyond Lyme Disease. It’s is hard and frustrating. However, knowing you aren’t alone helps. Truth #1 – Forget It! Living with Lyme means your memory is BAD. You forget why you walked into a room, who that person… Read More »5 Upsetting Truths About Lyme Disease
I’ve been on muscle relaxers, pain killers, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, liver support, thyroid meds, heart meds, and anti-anxiety meds. Western medicine hasn’t been able to help me. But CBD has changed my life and allowed me to live beyond my diagnosis. This post contains affiliate links that I make a small commission on with no added fee to your purchase. I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in 2003 after years… Read More »How I Use CBD Everyday To Cope With Lyme Disease
One of the more troubling issues that I have due to having Chronic Lyme Disease is that my brain has suffered some neurological complications. It’s worrisome knowing that your brain has been damaged by a disease without a cure. I often have numbness in my hands or random other places, pain that pops up out of nowhere, a weakness that comes on fast, visual disturbances, stiff neck, and severe headaches.… Read More »Brain Damage From Lyme Disease
I don’t do well in the cold, my Lyme acts up and everything hurts. My body becomes so sensitive to the cold that even my hair hurts. Cold sensitivity is a symptom of Lyme Disease and for me, one of the worst. 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… Read More »Rage Against The Dying and Lyme Disease
Hey guys, how many of you belong to Lyme Disease Facebook groups? Oh my goodness there are some interesting people with odd ideas out there. Wow, it can be so rough that it makes you think that being a jerk is a symptom of Lyme, but let’s be honest… those people would have been jerks even without Lyme. So let’s look at a few things that ARE Lyme related… Read More »Somethings are NOT Lyme Related
Lyme Disease: The mere phrase invokes a sense of fear and dread of the unknown. This disease is cloaked in mystery, while at the same time, hijacking lives and wreaking havoc on previously healthy bodies. If you’re diagnosed early, your chance of recovery is fairly high, though the symptoms may never completely dissipate. However, if you’re diagnosed late – and we all know how we would rather push through problems… Read More »Essential Oils Showing Promise in the Fight Against Lyme Disease
I know that posts haven’t been as regular as they should be. I’ve just been a bit tired and distracted. Call it the holiday blues, the winter slow down, stress, or whatever name you want to give it. I’ve just been tired and distracted. Many of my readers know that I have Chronic Lyme Disease. I have this strong belief that the more you focus on being ill, the sicker… Read More »Holiday Stress and Lyme Disease.
Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I love all things Halloween, the decorations, scary movies, and the candy! But unfortunately, as Halloween grows closer, the weather gets cold. And while I know that cold weather doesn’t really bring on colds, the crazy weather does bring on migraines and sinus issues. I’ve been having a few Lymie issues due to the weather. Headaches are the worst part. Living with aches and… Read More »Moving into the darker months with Lyme Disease
Some days I am horrified by the stories of Lyme Disease. I belong to a couple Facebook support groups for people living with Lyme like myself. And sometimes it’s just too much, and I have to walk away. Lyme is so ugly, and what it does people’s mental health is just awful. Lyme doesn’t take pity. “I’ve shit my pants so many times in so many unfortunate situations.“ I read… Read More »Ugly Lyme
“What’s the worst thing that can happen to you with this disease?” she asked me on our first meeting?
Looking back, she was asking a different question. She honestly had no idea what Lyme disease was and was asking for clarification. But I heard the one I needed to hear. I heard a challenge.
When most people meet me in person they have no idea I have Lyme Disease or the struggle it’s been to get to this stage where I don’t look sick. I’m actually thankful for that, it shows me that all of the hard work is paying off. But I’d love to share with you a few of the frequently asked questions I get about living with Lyme Disease and my… Read More »FAQ’s about Living With Lyme Disease
image:Vince Fleming Eating healthy is extremely important for leading a healthy lifestyle. However, not all things considered healthy will go with your health if you are suffering from diseases. Having a proper diet is of paramount importance and this is what opting health is all about. In circumstances where you are suffering from diseases like Fibromyalgia or Lyme Disease, you need to know your exact nutritional requirement in order to… Read More »8 Diet Tips To Help Fight Lyme Disease or Fibromyalgia
First off, I’m fine. It was just a bad inner ear infection. But that night was a nightmare for several reasons, the biggest one… Lyme Disease. I’ve been fighting off thing ear thing now for a few months. It comes, and it goes. I’ve seen the clinic, nothing big. But because it takes me a very long time to recover from something as simple as a cold, I just get… Read More »Lyme Disease in the Emergency Room
Hey everyone, while I catch up with writing new articles for you. I thought I’d leave you a few to sort through. These are some of the many articles I’ve written about living with Chronic Lyme Disease. I know a lot of you have come here looking for more information maybe for yourself or someone you love. So I wanted to take today to give you a few of my… Read More »Lyme Links
I’m thankful and sad at the same time. I had to tell a friend that I couldn’t hug her when she came in the room. She was getting over being sick, not my kind of sick, a good sick… one that you feel shitty for a few days with and then move on.
It’s likely that I’ve had Chronic Lyme disease most of my adult life. I’ve been misdiagnosed a few times with MS, Parkinson’s, a possible brain tumor, PCOS, Insulin issues, Chronic Fatigue, and more. But the root of what I have was caused by a tiny tick bite that gave me Lyme Disease.
Twice a year I get to go see my doctor and see what’s going on with my Lyme Disease. Sometimes those visits leave me feeling pretty frustrated. Not this one. When you live with Lyme Disease like I do, for as long as I have, you eventually come to terms that this is your life and you can either feel hopeless or find hope. I’ve been hopeless. In those years… Read More »Lyme Disease Check-up
I’ve been fighting Chronic Lyme Disease most of my life. Chronic Lyme Disease doesn’t have to mean the end of the world, just a new world and YOU oversee direction
I met a woman recently, who asked me what I blog about and I told her that I primarily write about Food, Travel, and overcoming what holds you back to do what you love. What holds me back is Lyme Disease and more and more I’ve began to write about my life, living with Lyme Disease. She smiled and was so excited about this, more than I’d ever heard anyone be… Read More »Awakening – Lyme and Addiction
Today I am at the Neurologist talking to her about my tremors and headaches. One of the most nerves racking parts of every doctor appointment is the waiting. Part nervousness, part fear or anxiety, and even a little boredom play into the frustration. I’ve been sitting here in the patient room now for 45 minutes and still no doctor. But I’ve read every poster or pamphlet in the room at… Read More »Lyme and my Brain
The last few weeks have been extremely stressful and emotional. There has been so many deaths in my circle, both close family and celebrity deaths that struck home. It’s been a lot to deal with. My body aches, I have been retreating from physical contact as much as possible. It’s been hard. I know I’ve been fighting a touch of depression. I’ve done my best to try to rest as… Read More »Lyme and Grief make for a painful cocktail
When we got married, we had a lot of crazy things on our minds. For us, it was already complicated. We started things off by throwing every obstacle in the world at our marriage. We launched right into having a family, not a small one.. one cute kid and a dog, but a large one ending in 5 kids, dogs, cats, and a ton of debt that we managed to… Read More »In sickness and in health
Sometimes I need to slow down for a bit, listen to my body, understand limits are just chances to slow down and smell the flowers. I have Lyme Disease. I hate having to be held back by something so ridiculous. But, when I overdo it, recovering takes time. Last month we welcomed one of our older boys back home. It was time for him to get some new chances in… Read More »Slowing Down for Lyme Disease
It’s likely that I’ve had Chronic Lyme disease most of my adult life. I’ve been misdiagnosed a few times with MS, Parkinson’s, a possible brain tumor, PCOS, Insulin issues, Chronic Fatigue, and more. But the root of what I have was caused by a tiny tick bite that gave me Lyme Disease. Thankfully I was finally diagnosed. I have a great doctor who is willing to keep up on my treatment and… Read More »Crazy or just the Lyme Disease?
I don’t feel like writing today. Well, not really. I am really tired. I’ve been traveling, for many it would be a nice long weekend trip, then back to work feeling relaxed. However traveling for me, and others with a chronic illness like Lyme disease, means that at some point I am going to crash. I don’t argue with my body. I know that even though I would like… Read More »Crashing and fighting back
Lyme Disease feels like living with a Magic 8 Ball. You really never know what you are going to wake up with in the morning. Sometimes you get lucky and it tells you to try again tomorrow and you have a really great day. Sometimes you get the iffy answer that you are just going to have to get dressed and find out what will happen, and other days you… Read More »Lyme disease feels like living with a Magic 8 Ball.
In honor of May’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month, I wanted to share a little bit more about this disease so that for those of you out there who are looking for answers or searching for home might find something comforting. Every day new discoveries are being made about Lyme disease. We will continue to fight for our lives, spread the word and demand that Lyme disease isn’t blown off by… Read More »More facts about Lyme Disease.
Through the years I’ve told my Lyme Disease story many times. But recently a new friend of mine asked me to tell her about Lyme and my story, and I realized that maybe I should tell it again. Getting the information out and telling my story helps to bring understanding and maybe even a step closer to finding a cure for this deadly disease. How it began I was bitten… Read More »My Lyme Story
I was recently asked about Lyme vs. Fibro, and I wanted to share here what my answers were for those who might want to know. Here’s the question – edited for privacy and space: Dear Dancing With Fireflies: A few years after a car accident I was diagnosed with FMS. I haven’t had anything I can take to treat it because I react in very negative ways to the medicine… Read More »What’s The Difference Between Lyme Disease and Fibromyalgia?