I knew I had to write an article/essay to pay homage to my husband, Zach, and all he's done to help me throughout my illness.
After I joined a few online support groups, what surprised me the most was the number of Lyme patients struggling with relationship issues. Then, I watched Under Our Skin and Under Our Skin 2: Emergence and saw even more examples of relationships that fell apart because of Lyme.
Zach sometimes lost his patience with me before I had a diagnosis, but he also encouraged me to never give up until I had one. I actually remember one day when I told him I thought it was Lyme disease, he said, "I hope not." It was insulting for him to think there was something worse than what I was going through, but he didn't mean it that way. When I was finally diagnosed with Lyme I think it helped that he already understood it was a serious illness.
I wrote this article as sort of a practical guide for Lyme patients and a love letter to Zach. You can read it here:
How to Be a Good Partner to Someone with Lyme Disease
How has Lyme impacted your relationships?
"Love is like breathing. You take it in and let it out." - Wally Lamb
I'm Kerry and I am a writer and licensed therapist. This is a positive space focused on how to thrive in any situation and the transformative power of illness.