Learning to deal with Chronic Lyme Disease has been a whirlwind of confusing information. First, one of the physicians I dealt with here in Maryland (USA) didn’t even know that there was more than one tick disease in the area. According to the blood tests that an Infectious Disease doc took, the bacteria is no longer in my blood, has gone into my brain and spinal cord, and there was nothing else that he could do. Many friends, who really care for me, have sent info detailing that they know someone who used this or that remedy, and it worked. (So which one do I pick?)Then, there’s the brain fog that accompanies Lyme Disease which is bad enough as it is, but trying to sort through all of the available alternative healing methods has been daunting. However, probably, the most valuable piece of advice that I’ve gotten is from a new friend, who, when describing a condition of her own, said something to the effect of “You are not your disease!”.
We had met for a networking lunch, on one of my good days recently, when I could actually drive 45 min. from my house. We hit it off immediately, and during the conversations, she told me about a previous condition of her own that involved extensive treatments and removal of several organs. My “little” Lyme Disease, to me, seemed to pale in comparison to what she had been through, and her upbeat attitude helped me realize that I really do want to get well, and that, this will pass. Even if it doesn’t, I have a much greater resolve to live, move forward, and thrive after meeting her.
While I have heard this phrase before from other people who have had serious diseases and conditions, this lunch was the right place, right time for me to hear those words again, and they have stuck. I’ve internalized their “real” meaning, and once again, I feel renewed to help others as long as I’m on the planet.
P.S. – Since starting this post, I found an M.D. here in the Columbia, MD (USA) area who is quite in tune with my healing beliefs. More later about her take on the spirituality of what causes Lyme Disease, but I just wanted to put it put out there that there are docs who are also like-minded souls.
For another excellent outlook on moving past serious illnesses and injuries, please check out this TED video with Janine Shepherd, a former Olympic contender …. http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=3576
Have you ever been in the throes of a serious disease and lost faith in yourself and your desire to live? How did you work through the mire of despair and come out on top? That would be really useful information to share, as so many people can feel alone in their condition.
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