Posted on Sep 26, 2012 in Blog |

Note from Sharon: I wrote this two weeks ago but didn’t post b/c I just wasn’t happy with it. But someone reminded me that sometimes it’s more important to hear something than to hear nothing. . . so here you go: Three years ago today, I had my first appointment with my current Lyme Literate Medical Doctor. In our two hour appointment, I had the first reasonable explanation for 29 years of bizarre symptoms with a single diagnosis: Bartonella, a co-infection of Lyme disease. I walked out of that appointment, got into my car and burst into tears of relief. I was so grateful to finally find a physician who not only knew what I had, but he knew how to successfully treat my disease. Today, I took my dogs for a walk. I went to the farmers market with my hubby. I cooked A LOT of kale to use in my green smoothies for the next three weeks. I am going to a meditation class later this evening. But getting to this point has taken every single day of those three years. Three years ago, I could have managed only one task for the entire weekend. For months, I spent days in bed, in pain, unable to focus, to think. I couldn’t cook, do laundry. I couldn’t work full time. I had such poor balance that I often fell and hurt a knee or ankle. My knowledge of Lyme disease and co-infections of Lyme has grown exponentially in the past three years. Learning about these diseases helped me heal, and it helped me educate others. I have seen the fads, the wives’ tales, the ‘miracle cures.’ I have seen protocols that work for some patients and be completely ineffective for others. I have seen patients refuse to help themselves. I have seen physicians with the best of intentions but not enough training. And, I have seen patients heal and resume active, productive lives. What worked for me may not work for everyone. But for me, I spent 21 months on three different oral antibiotics. I have also been on a boatload of supplements that have boosted my immune...

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