Two Year "Lyme-iversary"
Written By: Megan (Salo) Breimeier
Today is April 15, 2016 and it is my 2 year “Lyme-iversary.” When I think of the word anniversary, I automatically think of a celebration, a great milestone, an exciting day, but today is just a typical day of the life I’ve been living for the past 2 years. I was diagnosed with Lyme disease on April 15, 2014, after almost 1 year of being passed around from doctor to doctor and enduring countless tests. Despite significant brain fog, I remember the moment clearly. I was driving home from work on a sunny day with the sun roof open. I had reduced to working part time due to a rapid decline in my health. I probably wasn’t safe to drive at the time, nor should I have been checking my phone. I remember seeing a message from my new doctor in Seattle. My heart started beating faster. This was it, the moment I was waiting for, my last resort, my last strand of hope. As I listened to the message, a smile came across my face when I heard that I tested positive for Lyme disease. I finally had an answer, I wasn’t crazy, and my persistence in finding out what was wrong with me had paid off. I could now tell people that I had a diagnosis, it will all make sense, and they will understand.
Little did I know what was in store for me. I quickly learned that this was going to be a very long battle and that Lyme disease comes with an endless list of symptoms, judgment, controversy, and a mountain of insecurities...