Here's To Not Giving Up: A Success Story After Sixteen Years Of Fighting Lyme Disease

Written By, Kate Rentz

October marks one year of being free, after sixteen years of intense, intense pain caused by Lyme disease.

I was diagnosed last May after so many years of trying to find answers, and I took a few months off to heal and help my body recover. Those month were extremely difficult, but I was able to find a few good doctors that helped me find a couple of treatments that truly changed my life. I still struggle with various symptoms: fatigue, muscle and join pain, brain fog, skin issues, etc., but those have been manageable and do not compare to the pain I felt in my back and abdomen. 

Over the last few years, things were getting so bad that I had a hard time standing or walking for extended periods, and if I had to for certain reasons, I would sneak off to “use the bathroom,” but what I was really doing was throwing up from the overwhelming pain I was experiencing.

I tried so hard to push through it for years, but it started controlling my life in ways that I couldn’t enjoy the things I loved. But it was October of last year where I started noticing the change.

I was at a social event in LA and I had been standing, talking with a friend who was visiting from out of town, and I noticed that I didn’t need to sit down after fifteen minutes of being on my feet. I was able to stand almost the whole night. I remember being extremely aware of what it felt like to stand up without pain. It was amazing. And then I went to Yosemite at the end of the month, I was so nervous about how much hiking I could do. In years past, I always pushed myself, especially outdoors, but this time I knew I needed to listen to my body.

When we decided to do the hike from the valley floor to glacier point, I was ready for anything. Failing or succeeding. No matter what, I was okay with the outcome. 

That day, I did over ten miles pain free. Since then, I've been able to continue doing the things I love, as well as doing normal things that so many of us take for granted…standing in line at the airport, going shopping at the mall, attending a concert, walking to a park etc. I can’t explain how grateful I am that I have a body that functions normally (mostly) again. 

So here’s to being healthy and to taking care of your body and to not giving up and to having amazing people to love and support you.

And to October and to all the many, many blessings! 

Curious to find out more about Kate?

Just head to her Instagram + Website, where you can follow along on all of her travels here, and abroad. As well as camping adventures, hiking endeavors, and life as a natural lifestyle, adventure, and travel photographer. 

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