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15 Books in 2013

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 in Blog |

Usually, I have a pretty good list of books that I have read over the past year, and usually, filled with comments about what I thought about each one. This year, not so much. I was spending a lot of my time WRITING my Lyme Savvy book, so I was doing a lot of research and reading articles, parts of books, etc. Here is my list of the books that I read in their entirety. It is what it is. If you are female and read no other book, please read Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton. You will connect. If you are working on your meditation practice (or lack thereof), try Passage Meditation by Eknath Easwaran. If you want a great fiction piece, try Adirondack August by Kay Benedict Sgarlata. I know Kay and I heard part of this book two years ago in a writing workshop with her and I have been anxiously awaiting this book!! When you are reading it, you will think you know. But you won’t know. And then you will know this is a great book! If you went to Randolph-Macon College, or grew up/live in Ashland, VA (or really anywhere in the south), read The Journal Keeper: A Memoir by Phyllis Theroux. If you believe that each body contains energy that is passed between people, that we are all part of one great source, if we are all somehow connected, read The Three Waves of Volunteers and the New Earth by Dolores Cannon. If you have any interest in the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, if you like military related books, read After Action by Dan Sheehan. I know Dan. The book was really good. The last 10% of the book was AMAZING. I wanted to highlight every sentence. If you want to lead a happier life, have a happier marriage, and learn to be a better person, try The Peacegiver: How Christ Offers to Heal Our Hearts and Homes by James Ferrell If you want to read the patient’s point of view about Lyme Disease, try Out Of The Woods: Healing Lyme Disease Body, Mind & Spirit by Katina Makris....

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Lyme Savvy

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 in Blog |

April 29th – I have accepted The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge to write daily about my disease. #HAWMC @wegohealth Some of you that I have been writing a book on Lyme disease. I am writing it with my physician! We expect it to be published in 2015. The title is Lyme Savvy: New Approaches for Better Results. Some of the topics we plan to include are: Basics of Lyme Disease, problems and challenges with diagnosis and treatment, what physician and patients are doing and can do, the importance of testing and treating co-infection, small vessel disease, functional medicine (including adrenals, thyroid, toxins, diet), old and new treatment modalities, traditional and non-traditional treatments, ancillary therapies (acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage, reflexology, physical therapy, yoga, pilates), dietary changes, psychological aids to healing, what to look for in a physician, how to be a good patient, the various aspects of healing, and finally, numerous case studies. If you are interested in pre-ordering a copy of the book, go to and you can order it online. Share...

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Why I Write About My Health

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 in Blog |

As part of a task to get myself writing more regularly, I have accepted The Health Activtist Writer’s Month Challenge #HAWMC. Some of the prompts they have provided I will use. Some, I will improvise upon. I also think this will help me with complete more sections of my book Lyme Savvy. This is probably the easiest question of the entire challenge: Why do I write about my health online and what got me started. When I was first diagnosed with Lyme in September 2009, the only other person I knew (my aunt) had died from the disease seven years prior. I felt very alone. My uncle was guiding me through the process of getting the RIGHT testing and finding a Lyme Literate medical Doctor (LLMD), but I didn’t have anyone to share my experience with. Someone in our community told me about a neighbor who also had Lyme, so I contacted that person. It was not the experience I had wanted or needed. This person was almost elusive, offering me no physician suggestions, no real hope. It was WEIRD. And very isolating. Then, a phone call from a previous employee of mine (who remains a very close friend). ‘You have to meet my boss,’ she urged. ‘He has Lyme too and he has a phenomenal doctor that I think you need to meet.’ And so Dan and I met for coffee and we immediately clicked. Dan validated my entire experience both from symptoms over the years to the horrible mess of finding a good physician and appropriate treatment. Dan and I still meet for coffee about once a month to keep tabs on each other. Dan’s physician is now my physician. And I feel very, very lucky. I write about my health online because I had already started my blog, but I wanted to make sure that no one else ever experienced the loneliness and isolation that I experienced with that first individual. I want other lyme patients to know they can call, email, facebook, anything to reach me. That connection with one other person was critical to my sense of hope and my determination for healing. In...

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