I write this blog hoping that my story may be of comfort to someone, somewhere. This could be a sufferer, carer, family member, partner, friend etc. A chronic illness has the ability to impact many a life, not just the person fighting it. Often knowledge is power and with this understanding can come an inner strength, helping us to cope with the challenges that life throws our way.
My blog is a personal journey about my life with Lyme Disease and multiple co-infections. Prior to getting sick and being diagnosed with Lyme Disease, I had never even heard of this illness. I had heard of ticks but never knew they had the ability to transmit such aggressive infections. With this in mind, I hope that by writing this blog and sharing my experiences it can help raise some much needed awareness of this debilitating disease.
Through this battle with Lyme Disease, sufferers stories have become not only a great source of information, but also a lifeline of support to me. This illness is far from text book and for each individual who becomes ill, their symptoms and treatment seem to follow many a different course. One constant remains, simply knowing that others have been here, felt like this and have regained their life.
Some of the most comforting words in the universe are “me too”. That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you are not alone, and that others have been down the same road before.
Although I am very much focusing on the here and now, I also like to imagine how I could make a difference and turn my experience of chronic illness into a source of information and support to others beyond the pages of my blog. Maybe in the future I can help to inform and educate others about this disease and associated tick borne infections. I want to reitterate a well known and often used saying that ‘prevention is better than cure’. This really couldn’t be more fitting in the instance of Lyme Disease. I would love to physically go into schools, work places, meet with outdoor organisations etc and campaign for Lyme prevention and awareness. I always believe everything happens for a reason, and even in the most difficult of times we can grow a seed of hope and draw on our experiences to help others. Should you wish to contact me in relation to this, or with any other questions about my journey in the Lyme light, please do not hesitate.