After becoming completely debilitated six weeks after having a tick embedded on me, I recovered from Lyme after a year and half of treatment with conventional and modern Chinese medicine; I did well for six years. After surgery in 2009, the battle began again. It took a year of antibiotic and unconventional treatment to overcome Babesia. In my life, I have been able to overcome Babesia, Bartonella, and Lyme; I plan on remaining well. (You may also want to read, What I Wish My PCP Knew. If more physicians knew about the seriousness, if left untreated, I would not have had to lose my sight and motor skills.)
I have found that more are curious as to my experiences with these three beasts: Lyme, Babesia, and Bartonella. Thus, I shared my story “Woman Shares Ordeal with Lyme Disease” in the Daily Jefferson County Union, my hometown newspaper, on February 11, 2010.
You may also read about my experience and introduction to Lyme disease here on this site in My Introduction to Lyme Disease which is a reprint of the story I shared on on suspense author, Brandilyn Collins’, site, Lyme-Over the Edge, “I Will Beat these Beasts” on July 27th and July 30th, 2010. This is a recap of the story as seen in the Daily Jefferson County Union, which ultimately leads to my actually beating these beasts and attaining full recovery.
Update: After a few losses of my loved ones within months of each other and loss of my full-time employment, the stress caused the symptoms of Babesia, Bartonella and Borrelia to re-appear, I had to undergo some aggressive treatment and in June of 2016, I am about 90% in my health.
The purpose is to unite; but, yet, be able to retain what you have already worked so hard to achieve. Lyme-Aware, as an independent organization, would like to showcase, recognize and highlight those individuals striving to make a difference and raise awareness in their own unique way.
On my journey to recovering, I have been adopted into a wonderful, strong, and large family. We are all connected by Lyme disease and the other associated diseases. We have shared the same struggles, animosity, ignorance, denial, etc., as well as all the financial, physical and emotional pain. We, all, want to be heard and want to make a difference by becoming instrumental in a change for the better. There are differences of opinions and actions with brothers and sisters within a family; there will be differences in how we decide to go about reaching the same goal. Yet, we can make a difference.
We can remain our own individual organizations, websites, BlogSpots, support groups, etc. But we can work together. Each of us has our own strengths and, yes, weaknesses, but perhaps, if we create a sense of unity, we can make it very difficult for others to see those particular weaknesses. In my adopted family, we, as individuals, have created our own niche and become successful. I applaud and revere them. It is my hope that we can come together so that we can increase awareness and support to be heard, thus, receive the acknowledgment that we so deserve.
As a united family, we can get others to help by volunteering their time willingly because they see that we have come together for the sole purpose of Lyme disease awareness and the other associated diseases. The more people become informed around the world, the better chance we can receive and increase the necessary funding for research and education, so that we can get this important information out to our communities across the U.S., Canada and abroad. Hence, we will gain their support.
Lyme-Aware is an independent organization.