Posted on Apr 13, 2013 in Blog |

April 13th – I have accepted The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge to write daily about my disease. #HAWMC @wegohealth

Lyme disease affects each patient differently because it attacks the weakest part of each patient’s body.

For example:

Our son, Stephen, suffered from a low-grade fever and recurrent pneumonia for most of his 16 years before being diagnosed with three strains of Bartonella (a co-infection of Lyme disease). He had mono twice.

My husband, Jeff, had a rash on his leg that looked NOTHING like a Lyme rash. He also had Lyme rage. He didn’t get violent; he just got really angry over stupid stuff. And as quickly as the anger came; it would leave again. He tested positive for one strain of Bartonella.

You’ve read about my myriad of symptoms and weird diagnoses. I had two strains of Bartonella.

Would you ever think that the three of us had the same disease?

Yet, as we each went through treatment, our symptoms lessened or disappeared completely.

If you have been diagnosed with anything relating to your auto-immune system, and you have not been tested in the past two years by a specialty lab, please consider being tested now.

Testing has continued to improve, especially in the past two years. Incredible progress has been made in the testing process in specialty labs (the standard ELISA and Western Blot are still (in my opinion) not good indicators of infection).

My favorite specialty labs include Galaxy Diagnostics in North Carolina (

Igenex lab in San Diego, CA is also a great lab to get started with. (

The staff at both labs is VERY helpful; they are happy to answer any questions you or your physician may have . . .