On May 30th, 2014 my life changed forever. In the shower I noticed one of my ankles was swollen. Fearing a blood clot I went to urgent care. The doctor sent me to the emergency room. After a negative ultrasound and x-ray I was sent home. I wasn't satisfied with the diagnosis of unexplained lymphedema. That day I became a health detective. I vowed never to quit until I found the answer.
Months passed, and what felt like hundreds of doctors appointments, and I still had no diagnosis. The pain continued to increase culminating in a 5 day hospital stay in December of 2014 that rendered no answers. Through reading hundreds of threads on the internet, while searching for answers, I learned I was not alone. It seemed many of us had exhausted all of our options—but still needed help.
I was at a crossroads. It was time to look at things in a new way. I surrounded myself with exceptional practitioners and read as many books as I could get my hands on. Looking back I see that every blood test, biopsy, and MRI was another clue that led to my eventual diagnosis of Lyme disease.
I wonder if the infectious disease doctor would've done a simple Western Blot test when I asked her to almost a year before my eventual diagnosis, would I have grown as a person? With any difficulty it ends up being our greatest teacher.
From this experience I've learned...
...mindfulness is the most essential tool in healing.
...no one is as invested in my health as I am.
...I am my own best advocate.
...illness is a catalyst for transformation.
What have you learned on your healing journey?
"Wholehearted living is not a one time choice. It is process. In fact, I believe it is the journey of a lifetime." - from The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
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.