My journey through Lyme Disease- Healing my body and mind.

Family, friends, and drugs! Hooray!

on April 6, 2013

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bike ride Rocky mud face

Today, I went for a mountain bike ride with four wonderful people and felt nearly normal! It was muddy and wet, but it couldn’t have put a bigger smile on my face. How cool is it that I have such awesome friends and family to help me recover from this crappy illness? Not only that, but I have the best little cattle dog friend to keep me company as well. My heart was full of gratitude with each swooping turn with my little dog running next to me. It feels so good to be back in the woods. The woods that have been my place of refuge for nearly 7 years of my life. They don’t look the same now. They have recently been logged, but I can relate so well to the battered forest. Yes, we were cut down to nearly nothing, but in the warmth of spring, we are slowly but surely getting our life back. We may look and feel a little different than before, but the change will be beautiful in the end.

So, I am celebrating this step in my recovery. The past week has been pretty great. I have had minimal symptoms. My antibiotic was changed from Minocycline to Doxycycline in an effort to continue fighting the Bartonella infection and it is working really well! The only down side is that it causes my face (particularly my nose- note the Rudolph nose in the photo) to sunburn incredibly easy. For this reason, I can only be on Doxycycline for 5 more weeks since sunny summer is around the corner. If you see me riding around town with a scarf on my face, I promise I don’t have tuberculosis or bird flu, and I’m not a thug, I just don’t want to get a sunburn. Don’t be skeered.

My bank loan ran out last week, so I am officially relying on donations to pay for my continued treatment at this point. Keep sharing my blog wherever you can! I cannot say thank you enough to you all for giving me the opportunity to heal. I still have a long road ahead (as we haven’t started the most intense biofilm treatment yet), but I am so hopeful and I know that I will make the best recovery possible. I am surrounded by such incredible people. I feel like the luckiest person on the planet! 🙂 Much love and thanks!


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