During my sophomore year in college I randomly lost my singing voice. I was in the concert choir and when I opened my mouth nothing came out. This is just one of the many strange symptoms I had over the years that I never knew were related to Lyme disease. When I got a diagnosis in 2016 things started to make sense. Singer, Shania Twain, had a similar experience which she later attributed to Lyme.
This post was cathartic for me to write for the, because it helped me process all the health issues I had over the years. We all have different stories, but most of us can relate to years of seemingly unrelated symptoms eventually leading to a Lyme diagnosis.
You can read the full post here on the Global Lyme Alliance blog:
The Strange Symptoms I Never Knew Were Related to Lyme Disease
What strange symptoms did you have before your Lyme diagnosis? How did you feel when they finally made sense?
"It's never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot
Whenever I go online I am in awe of all things people in the Lyme community are able to accomplish while coping with fatigue and other debilitating symptoms. Many people make food from scratch and have detailed detox regimens that take hours a day. All things that people without a chronic illness don't have to spend their time doing.
This post on the GLA blog is about how much time people with chronic illness spend at appointments, practicing self-care, researching treatment, and lying in bed.
You can read the full post here:
Chronic Illness is Big Waste of Time
What takes up the most of your time related to your illness?
"Don't waste your time thinking about things that you can’t change." - Unknown
If you follow my Instagram you know I post a lot of pictures of my dog, Scooter. We adopted him in 2008 when he was only 8 weeks old. When people come over to our house, they don’t get to see how sweet he is, because is is very excitable and has the bark of a dog three times his size. But like most dogs he loves us so unconditionally it fills my heart all the way up. Here is my favorite picture of him dressed up on his last birthday in the newsboy cap my mom bought him for Christmas:
Our pets are very important to us as people with chronic illness, so I wrote an article about all the wonderful things they do to help us heal:
How Pets Help Us Heal
If you are an animal lover, you may want to check out this book on the healing power of pets for those with health issues:
I would love to hear all about your fur babies.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool out of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a food of himself, too.” - Samuel Butler
I'm Kerry and I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2016. This is a positive space for those of us coping with Lyme disease and other invisible illnesses.