This wonderful quality is also what has motivated me to be the person to defy the "odds" of Lyme. It's a rather accepted thing on the chronic Lyme community that this disease is permanent. Once you've had it for years you will then treat it for years & after you hit remission you will walk a delicate line of living a normal life, and not relapsing. To me, that's the worst news ever. I'm 24, I'd like my old life back please & thank you. I don't want to live forever on 15 supplements a day & 9 hours of sleep a night or else i risk being back to more rounds of treatment. That sounds about equivalent to torture. Sure it's nice to eat this organic, holistic, gluten free life now but in reality at my age once I leave home I'm not going to be eating like this. Literally as late as this January my daily meals were taco bell, 5 slices of pizza, burgers, and everything else terrible. What can I say I am a girl who loves to eat. Offer me a good Buttermilk pie and I might marry you on the spot. I want to stuff my face with pizza at 3am, gossiping with my girlfriends, & carelessly enjoying life. Not looking at the ticking clock when I need to drink my next protein über healthy green smoothie.
So you catch the drift. While I'm all down for this alternative mind body spirit healing lifestyle right now, I have no intentions of doing this jig for life. But those who don't are also those who are on round 6 of treatment. So neither option sounds glamorous. That's why I decided I'm ultimately done listening to negativity. I'm not taking no for an answer. I'm trusting God & my wonderful doctor that I'll be the rare statistic who gets well FOR GOOD. Not just for the now. And I encourage everyone reading this to also develop that mentality. Don't read negative blogs, I promise that isn't going to help your well being. I decided long ago that I can't take that kind of negativity and expect it to effect me positivity. Because it won't.
I'm here to tell you that although there is no "cure" for Lyme (and my whole heart is into organizations for finding a cure), that you have to remind yourself you WON'T be that statistic. No ifs ands or buts about it.
First of all, trust your doctor. If you don't, then find one you do.
Secondly, follow your gut instinct. If something doesn't feel right, call up your doctor to discuss it. I know I sing high praises about my Doctor but honestly, he rocks. If I ever have a concern he is on it 100%. Which gives me the faith I need.
Thirdly, realize Lyme comes with many co-infections so you have to address them ALL. If you aren't better then dig deeper to see what else is going astray. Most the time there's a hidden infection or adrenal issue etc which is holding you back.
And lastly, don't ever lose hope. Worst thing you can do is think "this is it." It's definitely not IT.
I pray I can fast forward 6 months & feel wonderful, and then be that positive story for you guys to read & share. Because so far all I've read are kind of bleak sad stories which don't give anyone much hope. But I have a hunch God gave me my fighting personality to use it for my greater good & hopefully influence others to see past the negativity surrounding it.