Writing publicly takes me a long time. I recheck and recheck and recheck spelling and how I word things. I worry that I worded something wrong or said too much or not enough. So why I am writing this blog? Some things have happened over the last few days that make me feel the need to speak up about the struggles those of us with Chronic Lyme Disease and other chronic illnesses face. My goals with this blog are to 1) encourage those facing chronic illness that you are not alone and you can persevere and reach your dreams 2) help those who do not have to daily deal with a chronic illness to understand the struggles we face 3) stress the importance of mental health and its impact on society.
In case you are wondering about who I am, I have had Lyme Disease since I was a Junior in High School. I wasn’t diagnosed until 1 year into my infection, so I was on antibiotics for several months and antimicrobial supplements for longer. I was almost back to health the Summer after I graduated from undergrad when I had to get the Rabies vaccine for vet school and had a major relapse of Lyme. Since I was a little kid I have dreamed of being a vet, and somehow I have now made it almost through my third year of vet school. The only reason I have made it so far is my faith in God’s love and perfect plan, my supportive family and friends, and the multiple naturopathic doctors who invested the extra time and research into treating a controversial and misunderstood disease. My hometown is a hotbed of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases; my entire family has had or currently has Lyme and many of my friends do as well. For vet school I am currently living in a state where Lyme is much less of an issue, making it harder for me to be open about my disease because most people do not seem to understand.
In closing my first post, I would like to encourage us all to keep pressing on and to take one day at a time. Dealing with a chronic illness is not be something we chose, but we can choose our attitude going forward. And attitude dictates whether good or bad will come from the struggles in our lives.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. – Hebrews 12:1