Chornic fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of Lyme disease. Almost everyone with Lyme has dealt with crippling fatigue at one point or another. Usually, it's something we cope with on a daily basis.
I wanted to write an article for the Global Lyme Alliance blog that talks about how chronic fatigue is different than feeling tired, and explains what it actually feels likes to have it. I had some great input from other Lyme patients.
You can read the post here:
Chronic Fatigue or Feeling Tired?
What does chronic fatigue feel like for you?
"Not one drop of my self-worth depends on your acceptance of me." - Quincy Jones
Health anxiety is probably the symptom I talk about the least on my Lyme journey. Like any mental health issue there is significant stigma attached to it.
I decided to write an article for The Mighty to describe what health anxiety is like, how it is different from an anxiety disorder, and why doctors and health professionals need to learn more about it. You can read the post here:
Why We Need to Talk About Health Anxiety in Chronic Illness
Have you dealt with health anxiety and chronic illness? Which strategies work for you and which ones don't?
"Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we might often win, by fearing to attempt." - Jane Addams
There are so many jokes about restricted diets, especially gluten-free diets. They are usually made by people who have never tried a restricted diet, and are unaware of the benefits. Since I've been on a mostly gluten-free diet the past two years, my pain has improved significantly. That is enough for me to continue the diet, even if people make fun of me from time to time.
I've wanted to write an article about this topic for a while, so I was grateful to have a platform like the Global Lyme Alliance blog to speak out. You can find the article through the link below:
Why You Should Never Make Fun of a Restricted Diet
For additional reading on the topic of gluten-free diets I got a lot out of the book Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD.
How do you cope with people joking about your diet or your illness?
"There is no high fructose corn syrup in the farmers market. There are no monoglycerides, no triglycerides. None of those additives are present in fresh, seasonal food." - Michael Pollen
I'm Kerry and I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2016. This is a positive space for those of us coping with Lyme disease and other invisible illnesses.