May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. As many of you may know, I am a strong advocate for spreading awareness about this awful, debilitating disease.
Personal Involvement with Lyme Disease
If you read my “About Me” page, then you know that I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2012 and received multiple positive test results after that, despite receiving traditional and holistic treatments. I’m also very close with many people who have been diagnosed with this disease. I’ve seen the toll that it can take on not only the person who contracts the disease, but the family members and friends as well.
Understanding Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a tricky one due to the unreliable test results and the many ways it can manifest in a person’s body. Caused by the spirochete bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi, Lyme disease is often called the “Great Imitator” because it can mimic so many different diseases. Not only does this frequently result in patients receiving misdiagnoses, but also not getting the necessary treatment.
Most times, if Lyme disease is treated right away, it can be cured. However, if it goes undiagnosed for too long, the disease can develop into Chronic Lyme disease, which is more difficult to treat. With Chronic Lyme disease, the bacteria hides in the person’s body. Their immune system no longer recognizes the bacteria as bad or foreign material. Therefore, the immune system doesn’t fight off the bacteria. It thrives off the host (the person infected with Lyme disease) and continues harming the body.
Bringing awareness to the public is extremely important in preventing this horrible disease. More people need to know how to protect themselves, and patients and doctors need to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms. Then, more people will be able to get the correct treatment before the disease develops into something worse that may not be able to be cured.
At the end of this post is a link to a very useful website that has all the information you need to know about the disease. You’ll find prevention tips, signs and symptoms, treatment guidelines, quick facts, resources and support, and much much more. Ending the spread of Lyme disease involves listening, understanding, and raising awareness. Educate yourself, educate others.
If you or someone you know has been affected by Lyme disease, I’m more than willing to provide support, encouragement, and offer tips that may be helpful. I know the battle can be tough, but you will get through it. Trust your instincts and never lose hope.
Much love <3