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I Want Off The Lyme “Roller Coaster,” Please!

Stronger, by Mandisa; that’s the first song that played on my Songza station as I sat down to write this post. I don’t think it’s a coincidence either. It was God reminding me that with Him I am stronger than Lyme disease and Babesia!

One thing I promised myself when I started this blog is that I would “keep it real”. As much as I’d love to have anyone reading this believe my life is always fun with beekeeping, homesteading, etc., that unfortunately is not reality. A huge part of time and energy is spent trying to get Lyme disease and Babesia into permanent remission. Continue reading


My Six Month Lyme “Roller Coaster”

Last September, after a year and half of ups and downs, I’d slowly reduced my Lyme treatment to all but one herbal Lyme tincture, and was feeling awesome! I was grateful that I would soon be able to close the book on this chapter of my life and move on to better things, like starting our family! Unfortunately, my celebration was premature.

The first indicators of my relapse happened during a trip to celebrate my wedding anniversary at Disneyland last October; and by November, many of my symptoms had returned. Although they weren’t as severe as they had been prior to my diagnosis, I couldn’t ignore the fact that I was no longer feeling “awesome”.  Continue reading

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Cosmo Mom’s Lyme Story

One neat thing about starting a blog is I’ve been introduced to some new, and informative blogs. I found Brandi’s blog, Cosmo Mom with a Twist of Lyme shortly after I starting blogging. Her Lyme story highlights how much “Lyme denial” exists in the medical field. It’s disturbing that she knew she had been bitten, and still had several doctors tell her she couldn’t possibly have Lyme Disease.

She was diagnosed in 2011 and continues to be treated for Lyme and co-infections. Her blog has lots of information about Lyme Disease, and great stories about her family. She recently wrote about running her first 5K! I would appreciate if you took the time to read her story, and her blog.

Here’s Brandi’s Lyme Story


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The “Fun” of Traveling While Treating Lyme



This picture is everything “Lyme related” I needed to pack for our trip. I felt compelled to share this, not because I’m complaining butI hope it will encourage EVERYONE to be vigilant about protecting yourself from ticks.

I don’t want anyone to ever have to deal with any of this! Believe me, you don’t want to experience this mess. Tick population is expected to increase as global warming intensifies, more ticks = more Lyme Disease. If you do get bit, see a Lyme Literate doctor immediately. They will treat you correctly and minimize the chance of developing last stage Lyme Disease.

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Angeli VanLaanen’s Lyme Story

In honor of Lyme Disease Awareness month, I’m sharing Angeli Vanlaanen’s recent Facebook post. She competed the Sochi Winter Olympics, and is an inspiration to me! Her story was featured in a short (9 min) documentary, that’s worth watching. Share to help spread awareness about Lyme Disease! Don’t forget to protect yourself and your loved ones while enjoying the great outdoors! Here’s her post from Facebook.

November 2009. While driving the support vehicle for#CycleForACause, a road biking trip/fundraiser along Highway 101, I received the call from my doctor about test results. A call that changed my life forever. Self portrait on the Oregon coast from the day I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.
May is #LymeDiseaseAwareness month. Help spread the word by educating your family and community. Knowledge is power and If caught early #LymeDisease can be treated more effectively.


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LymeLight Foundation  provides grants to help kids and young adults fund their treatment for Lyme Disease. Thank you for reading my post!

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My Lyme Story – Part One

My Lyme story is a long one, spanning at least 15 years. Because of it’s length, I’ve divided it into two posts. I’ve never shared the whole story, and it’s a little intimidating to share!

I hope sharing my story will help others get correctly diagnosed, and treated by a Lyme literate doctor. Many Lyme patients are told for years they have other health issues, when in fact, they do not.

This must stop!

I want to do what I can to keep that scenario from being a common occurrence. Correct and early diagnosis are key; that would have kept me from having a Lyme story. Believe me, I’d rather that have been the case!

Alright, deep breath……here’s my story! Continue reading


My Lyme Story – Part Two

Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my Lyme story! Here’s the second part.

During our break from fertility treatments, I read a book called The Infertility Cure that gave me hope I could become pregnant naturally. The author, who’s a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, says,

“Traditional Chinese Medicine holds that a woman’s body must be gently nourished and encouraged to bear fruit …. I have found that most hormonal imbalances (which contribute to 40 percent of documented cases of infertility, yet are considered untreatable by conventional Western medicine) respond to Eastern methods of treatment.”

This resonated with me, and supported my feeling something besides “egg quality” was the root cause. I found a local Doctor of Chinese Medicine who specialized in fertility, and that decision helped lead me to my diagnosis of Lyme disease. Continue reading