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


My name is Lyndsey Needham.  I am a 30-ish year old female living with Late-Stage Lyme Disease.  Lyme Disease is an infection with the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi.  I was infected with Lyme Disease through a tick bite in Italy.  Before contracting Lyme Disease, I was a highly active person spending my time in the mountains biking, hiking, and snowboarding.  I began racing downhill mountain bikes and instantly fell in love with the sport. I also enjoyed working hard in my favorite local CrossFit gym. After becoming sick with Lyme Disease, I slowly lost my ability to participate in all of my favorite activities. My health slipped away as well as my mental clarity. I went from being able to do 30 mile mountain bike rides to not being able to walk around the block.

I went through 2 years of not knowing what was wrong with me and watching the life that I loved slip further and further away everyday. After MANY doctors, specialists, and tests that were unsuccessful in helping me with a solid diagnosis, I finally tested positive for Lyme Disease and the co-infection Bartonella henslae. Having a diagnosis was a blessing! My road to recovery has been a long one, but I am getting stronger everyday and that much closer to doing the things I love!

I am excited to share all of the things I have learned along the way with the hope that it will make the Lyme Disease journey a little easier for at least one person!

Thank you for being part of my community and helping me overcome this illness! I cannot thank you enough!!


16 responses to “About

  1. Hey! I came across your blog thanks to a Facebook share by a friend. Sounds like you are on a good road to recovery. Good luck with everything and stay strong! p.s. I have a girlfriend with Lyme Disease and she is also from Bellingham. Might be of help, inspiration or support? Here is her blog:

  2. Michael Gibson says:

    I hate to hear a fellow rider’s unable to ride so I’m glad to hear you’re on your way to recovery! My thoughts and prayers go out to you tonight!

  3. kate says: Stephen is one of my teachers and his protocol has healed several people I know personally. He has spent half of his career focusing on this illness. Check it out. Lot of love!

  4. Pamela Pollock says:

    Hi Lindsey – I’m wondering if you’d be willing to share the name and contact info for your doctor. I suspect I have Lyme Disease and am looking at my options. I live in the Seattle area, have been in contact with Dr. Smith’s office in Idaho, but want to consider options locally as well. Thanks!

  5. Jen says:

    Lyndsey, I’m in Bellingham with borrelia and babesia infections. We know several people in common and everyone keeps telling me to talk to you : ) I would love to get together for a cup of tea some day if you have time. I might only be here for a few more weeks, then back to Colorado. If you’d like to meet, please shoot me an email jen7maples at gmail dot com

  6. Anna says:

    Hi, can you please share with me who your doctor was in Seattle. I feel like I may need to find this person. Thank you for sharing your story.

  7. Jay says:

    Keep up your recovery, good to see! I’m a mtber and snowboarder from Australia who has had cfs and not ridden for 7 yrs so I know how you feel, keep working at it- we will ride again!

    • lilneeds says:

      Thanks Jay! I actually went for a 10 mile mountain bike ride this past weekend, which is the longest I’ve been able to do in a while. It was so awesome! I still have to be careful with not overdoing it, but it sure is nice to be back on the bike. I hope you get to do the same.

  8. Christina says:

    Hi, I’m curious about your experience with Lymestop. I am considering doing it (and possibly for my whole family) and I would really appreciate hearing if you thought it was worth it. From your posts it sounds like it was at least somewhat helpful but I’m curious for more details if you are willing to share 🙂

    • lilneeds says:

      Hi Christina- I had a great experience with Dr. Smith and his office team. Dr. Smith definitely has a gift. I have recovered a tremendous amount and am back to riding my mountain bike on occasion, which is fantastic. I wish I could say it is all because of Dr. Smith’s treatment, but I can’t fairly say that, because I have done MANY treatment protocols in conjunction with one another. My gut feeling is that Dr. Smith’s work helped me on some level, but that all of my other treatments helped also. I have read stories about people who have seen Dr. Smith as their only treatment and have gotten well. So, what seems to be the best idea to me is to try Dr. Smith’s treatment. Go for the full week of treatment and then go back for the follow-up after 3 months. Give it a bit of time and see if you get better. If you don’t, then you could think about other treatments. The thing is, if Dr. Smith’s treatment works for you, it’s inexpensive (in comparison to years of antibiotic therapy) and is less harmful than antibiotic therapy. I wish I could give you a black and white answer, but I just don’t have one. Good luck with whatever you choose!

  9. Kayla says:


    I just read an older post under dr. Smith update (7 years ago) where you posted a picture of red dots on the bottom of your feet and described the changes (color and temperature) they go through. I have the exact same thing and just started paying close attention to it when it became painful to wear shoes. I am calling my dr. tomorrow to request a blood panel (my fear was diabetes though no symptoms) but have no idea. I was wondering if you had found anything else out over the past 7 years that may shed some light into this for me. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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