Posted on Apr 17, 2013 in Blog |

April 17th – I have accepted The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge to write daily about my disease. #HAWMC @wegohealth I believe that Lyme disease (and its co-infections) will be the next big epidemic in US History; similar to the AIDS epidemic. I believe that up to 25% of our general population is already infected with Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia, Erlichiosis, etc. But I also know I am in the minority. There is great controversy even within the medical community about Lyme disease. Some physicians say there is no such thing as advanced Lyme disease. They say 30 days of antibiotics and you are cured. If you still have symptoms after that, it’s called Post Lyme Syndrome and there is nothing they can do for it. So, as Lyme patients, we often encounter those who don’t really believe we are even sick. A newly diagnosed friend asked me, “How do you learn to talk to doubting family members and friends about the other side of Lyme?” I have learned through the years that everyone is going to think whatever they want to think. I have spent many hours trying to convince some to think more in alignment with my beliefs. I have convinced some; but not all. And that is now ok with me. I think what is more important is what I know to be true. And as long as I know it to be true, and I surround myself with others who respect my beliefs, then I am in a place conducive to healing and progress. Please note everyone around me doesn’t have to agree with my beliefs, but they have to respect them and act accordingly. Any time or energy that I spend trying to tell someone they should believe what I believe is time and energy taken away from my own healing. There are many Lymies who are fighting for us; politically, in the news, in the forums, online, behind closed doors. For me, I cannot afford the energy it takes to do that. I have found my own way of “fighting back.” But it took me years to do so. First, I had to heal....

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