Posted on May 26, 2013 in Blog |

Day 25 – May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. We had a rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC today. I was one of the speakers. My assigned topic was “Green Smoothies.” When I sat down to write this speech, I put on a work out shirt that my Aunt Betty wore in her last months while she underwent treatment for Lyme Disease. She died from complications of Lyme in 2002 at the age of 57. I wanted her spirit to be with me as I prepared for today. So, Aunt Betty, this is for you. I was originally diagnosed in 2009 with Bartonella and Babesia. After a 22-month course of oral abx, I have now tested clear for Bartonella for 2 years. I’m still working on that pesky Protomyzxoa Rheumatica. My point is that it IS possible to heal from this disease. Things I never thought I would never be doing five years ago: 1. considering coffee enemas 2. writing my second book 3. scheduling laughter time every day with a dose of the television comedy Big Bang Theory 4. taking extra time to play with my puppies because it makes me feel good 5. going without makeup for weeks at a time 6. taking 50 pills a day and being grateful for every single one, knowing each has a specific healing task 7. and drinking green smoothies, willingly . . . Green smoothies are the metaphor for how my healing started. Three and a half years ago when I started treatment, my physician was very gentle. And in a subtle way, he told me I would be going through many changes in order to heal. I heard him, but I didn’t truly understand exactly what changes I would undergo. I did hear him say over and over, “Your number one job for at least the next year is to heal. Every decision you make should be based on the question of ‘will this help me heal?’” If the answer is no, then don’t do it. First came the “learning to say no”, restricting my schedule, required resting periods. I didn’t go out after 5 pm. I only...

Read More