Posts tagged life with lyme
Megan's Two Year "Lyme-iversary"

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...

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How Hitting Rock Bottom Change Lisanne's Life Forever + how She then Decided to Move Forward in Her Fight with Lyme

Written and carefully crafted, with an understanding that the words from her heart are worth sharing as they might fill another with reason or hope as to why this journey is worth fighting. As to why, sometimes, it takes hitting rock bottom to recognize the beauty in the every day, the love from family, the support of friends, the place you live, and the very real emotions and pain that you feel. 

It takes a courageous heart, a strong heart, and a vulnerable heart, to recognize when the truth that we're looking for already exists within us. That our ideas, turned creative endeavors, turned passions, turned the way in which we express who we are, don't come easy, and in order to keep them alive, we must work our very hardest. We must give it everything we've got to move past the pain, past the shaking hands, the blurry vision, and the ever-nauseating feeling in the pit of our stomach. 

We may fall, but when we do, we will always, always get back up. Lisanne brings this to light in this lovingly written piece, where she shares her lowest of lows, most treasured memories, and exactly what it takes to keep her mind alive with the hopes and dreams that drive her to create magic. 

This is her story...

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A Story, Featuring Emily Nichols

1. (Feelings Evolved) Describe how you saw yourself before being diagnosed with Lyme, during the process, and after living with the disease for awhile (present day). Have the feelings towards yourself changed over time? If so, how?

Emily: Maybe it’s the Lyme brain fog, or just how the passage of time affects memory, but it’s hard for me to remember exactly how I saw myself before Lyme, as if the person I am now and the person I was then are different. When I was first diagnosed with Lyme, I remember it felt surreal. I was relieved to finally have a diagnosis and I felt greatly impacted, but strangely detached, by hearing that I had this hard-to-treat disease. I could see the weight that this disease had, and all the implications that came with it, but I couldn’t feel it yet. I was too focused on NOT letting Lyme become my identity that I overcompensated. While under treatment, I stayed in college as a full time student, I kept my job, and I left to spend a full year in Germany through a study abroad program. It’s hard for me to determine if my feelings towards myself changed over time, because I feel like the same person, just with different experiences that have affected how I make my choices.

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