It Typically takes Lyme patients a very long time to get a diagnosis. It also takes a lot of detective work.
In this post for the Global Lyme Alliance blog, I share a little of my story and how I was passed from doctor to doctor for almost two years before I got a diagnosis. I also give some tips on how to be a health detective.
You can read the full post here:
How to Be Your Own Health Detective
How did you eventually find your diagnosis? What were the clues that led you to it?
"You learn you can do your best even when it's hard, even when you're tired and maybe hurting a little bit." - Joe Namath
I think one of the most difficult thing people with chronic illness have to cope with is getting bad news about our health. In between test results there is a period of hopefulness that can be derailed when the doctor calls with a negative result.
I wrote this article for the Global Lyme Alliance blog with 8 tips for what to do when you get bad news about your health.
You can read it here:
What to Do When You Get Bad New About Your Health
Here’s hoping in the future you get more good news than bad, but we will be here for you either way.
“This journey has always been about reaching your other shore, no matter what it is.” - Diana Nyad
I had an idea to write an essay about how grateful I am for my body. Sometimes we forget that our body is working non-stop to help us get better. It might not be as successful as we'd like, but it works around the clock and never gives up. Most of our immune systems are completely taxed, but they continue to seek out and eliminate invaders.
When I feel run down or am in pain it's easy to blame my body, but instead I should blame the Lyme disease. This essay is a reminder to be kind to you body and give it all the love and help you can.
My essay was published on The Mighty. You can read it though the link below:
My Body Is My Partner Against Lyme Disease
Send along a comment to let me know what you think of the essay.
"I came to see that what constitutes strength is not just muscle or will. It can also include the most desperate vulnerability, the saddest heartache, the lightest, sweetest laughter." - Brenda Shaughnessy
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.