When it comes to Lyme Disease, everyone has a story. It’s kind of like when moms share their birth stories, except that most Lyme stories don’t have a happy ending. My Lyme story is different. My Lyme story IS a birth story, complete with happy ending.
What many people don’t know about Lyme is that it can actually live symbiotically in your body causing only mild symptoms for years. There may be minor unexplained & perplexing symptoms & you learn to live with them. Then, for many Lyme sufferers, there will be an event – something that upsets that balance. It could be a major stress in your life, another illness, a second tick bite… & Lyme takes over. Then you start to get sick… really sick.
In 2007 I found a tick on my abdomen. It was a wood tick & had a red circle around it. It wasn’t the “tell-tale bullseye rash” we’ve all heard about that only 40% of people with Lyme actually get. It was just a red circle around the bite. I went to the Dr. He told me I was ridiculous. He told me we don’t have Lyme here in Southern Oregon. He refused to do testing (I had brought the tick) & sent me home. I didn’t think about it again until I was very sick. The Naturopath I later saw thought that I had probably been living symbiotically with Lyme from a previous bite for years & that the new tick bite was my “event” that upset the balance. I began my descent into Lyme Disease.
At first, I kept finding excuses for how I felt… I told myself that my immune system must be really strong, that I was successfully fighting off the flu (continually, apparently…). I spent a good deal of time beating up on myself for being lazy, not really understanding that the reason I could not manage to do anything had nothing to do with will power. Getting my kids off to school in the morning was like a mountain I would climb & I would then fall back into bed exhausted. And the brain, oh, the brain – Really, what brain? Forgotten appointments, lost time, I’d even have moments while driving (?!) where I literally would have no idea where I was, what I was doing, or even who I was.
Then came the search for a cause. Did I have fibromyalgia? Rheumatoid arthritis? Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? There are a dizzying array of conditions that produce some of the same symptoms, but nothing made sense. Then, a teacher at my daughters’ school took me aside one day. His sister had just been diagnosed with Lyme & he had noticed that our symptoms seemed similar. I went home & Googled Lyme. It was strangely cathartic to see my symptoms spelled out in detail & to read the stories of people who were having similar experiences to mine. A relief. I wasn’t lazy or crazy… there was an explanation. I was tested, got my diagnosis & began a very expensive regimen of treatment.
It took two large pill containers to organize my supplements/antibiotics. My “brain fog” made it very difficult to keep track & remember what to take & when. I remember feeling overwhelmed by this most of the time. Then my doctor put me on Mepron, a thick liquid antibiotic the color of a yellow highlighter. It cost $1200 for a three weeks supply. He warned me that he’d need to monitor me closely, but then didn’t follow up. After about a week, I thought I was going to die. I had constant Herx reactions & the pain in my kidneys was excruciating.
At that point, I just lost it. I gave up. I stopped taking everything. I wrote letters for my daughters to read after I was gone. I did not feel that I would ever get better or that I would be able to participate in the lives of my children in any significant way. I was a husk of a person, lying in bed for most of every day. I just let go & I prayed a lot. It was a huge relief to stop fighting. It was very peaceful. Shortly thereafter, a friend suggested that I go to see Master John Douglas, an Australian Spiritual Healer who was traveling in the U.S. at the that time conducting workshops. I had heard of him before & had considered going, but somehow it hadn’t sunk in. This time it did. My husband drove me to Portland & I attended John’s workshop. Right away I had a sense that something big was going to change.
Within the first few minutes of healing with John, I felt lighter. The pain & weight in my shoulders & neck began to ease. When I had Lyme there was a constant vibration/hum in my body of living organisms inside of me. I didn’t really realize this until John performed the Lyme healing on me & this vibration ceased. It was quiet in my body for the first time in a very long time. The relief that I felt was incredible. John had me follow a detox protocol afterwards. I followed this protocol religiously for twice as long as he recommended. He told me I would be 100% better within that time & I was. It was a miracle. It’s still a miracle. I feel better than I have in a long, long time. It’ll be three years in May that I’ve been Lyme free.
Initially after I was healed, I wanted nothing to do with Lyme. I got rid of anything that reminded me of it. We moved to a new house. I wanted a fresh start. I didn’t want to think about Lyme again. But…. nature works in mysterious ways. Over time, people with Lyme Disease began to seek me out to hear my story of healing. I got the opportunity to attend a training session with Master John & a new path began to emerge. I started to see that my experience with Lyme was just a catalyst for me to a whole new path. I had been searching for some time for a sense of purpose. I knew what I wanted to do, but I really didn’t have a direction for it. Suddenly, I realized that what I was meant to do was to help people with Lyme.
Lyme has come full circle for me. It’s a devastating illness. I no longer fear it or see it as something negative in my life. I feel like a new person. I am grateful every day for the knowledge & ability to help those that suffer from Lyme. I patiently hear the stories & do whatever I can to help & get these people to see John Douglas. I offer hope. I know exactly what I am meant to do. Almost every day I speak to people who have Lyme. I answer questions. I reassure. I help with detox & smoothing out the symptoms. If you have Lyme Disease & feel at all drawn to this work, please don’t hesitate to contact me.