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5/24/18

10 Helpful and Affordable Lyme Disease Supplements for Healing Your Adrenal Glands

Today I am so excited to share 10 of the most affordable and helpful supplements that I used to take (and some I still take) for helping to heal my adrenal glands in hopes that it may help other Lymies who are fighting for their health and looking for the most affordable products. 

As most Lymies know, dealing with fatigue is a serious symptom that most of us deal with on a daily basis. The adrenal glands play a huge part in the healing journey of any patient and the stress that happens to their body. There is a debate in Lyme world about which came first (the Lyme destabilizing the adrenal glands or the adrenal glands being under stress and weakened so that the immune system could not fight Lyme Disease - (source)), but either way this is a part of the journey. It is also a significant thing to consider, especially for those who are not seeing healing results in ways that they had hoped or wanted.

“Dr. Gerald Poesnecker, a naturopathic physician who specialized in adrenal fatigue and who treated patients with this condition for many, many years, believed that if a person’s adrenal fatigue were severe enough, then the body wouldn’t mount an immune response to any treatments that were given it...he writes, ‘the bodies of patients with a low adrenal adaptive ability have lost much of their ability to create the needed reaction to produce a cure. On the contrary, when the body is not able to use the energy of these therapies constructively, they actually tend to produce a worsening of the underlying condition because, to the body, they become a stress and not a cure…” (source)

With this concept and many other doctors mentioning how important it is to heal the adrenals alongside healing Lyme comes a tricky concept that many people have tried to master throughout there journeys. It is a tricky endeavor, mostly because like everything with Lyme each patient is different. 

As a quick background, my adrenal glands tested into the adrenal failure range at one point in this journey (a common issue for many Lyme patients) and needed medical intervention. At the same time my medical team helped me to nutritionally (through my diet) and supplementally (through a variety of supplements listed below and others that are not listed) support and start the SLOW and LONG process of healing them. As I mentioned above many of these products I continue to use as I continue to repair this area of my body from the fight from Lyme. It is a long road to repair the adrenals and it is something that needs to be considered as such. Don't be discouraged if you don't see results right away. They will come!

Due to my specific issues with Lyme there are many times that a variety of different companies have the same product but I have to use a quality rich supplement from a specific company due to manufacturing. I hope that these help! Here in no particular order are 10 of my tops supplements that I used to use or still use everyday:

1. HAD Adrenal Drops
"HAD Adrenal Drops is a unique homeopathic organotherapy preparation synergistically formulated to restore and support normal adrenal and endocrine functions. Insufficient adrenal function can result in deficient muscular metabolism, lowered resistance to infections, and reproductive and endocrine dysfunctions. HAD Adrenal Drops is indicated for symptoms associated with adrenal disorders, including stress, fatigue, insomnia and adrenal atrophy; and for allergies, hypoglycemia, chronic infections, inflammation and mineralization disorders."

I listed this one first because this is a product that I have used and continue to use and have felt the most difference with. For those who are extremely sensitive to new products (like I was for a very long time) my doctor started me putting a drop on my skin every day and we worked up to the recommended drops before starting this internally. 

Many doctors offices carry this product or you can find it on the Internet. It sometimes is available on Amazon but currently it is out of stock so I have found it the cheapest at on Pure Formulas website for $20.30 HERE
Vitamin B5, or commonly known as Pantothenic Acid is a an important part of healing your adrenal glands as it helps to produce co-enzyme A. Co-enzyme A contributes to cellular respiration and also helps in the breakdown of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. 

Over the years I have tried a variety of different Pantothenic Acid brands but consistently return to NOW's formula for the quality and also the price. You can find it for less than $13 on Amazon by clicking HERE
Vitamin B6, is a an important part of restoring your adrenal glands as helps the functions of several pathways that are used to create adrenal hormones.

Over the years I have tried a variety of different Vitamin B6 brands but consistently return to NOW's formula for the quality and also the price. You can find it for less than $7 (for a months supply!!) on Amazon by clicking HERE
Vitamin D plays an important part in healing your adrenal glands. This is a more "newer" concept but there are so many studies that are being done that show the link between low vitamin d levels and fatigue and adrenal issues. This Biotech product, of D3-50 is one of my favorite formulas that I have found to be very beneficial. You can find it on Amazon HERE.
Lots of times we think of Vitamin C as being a powerful and important antioxidant but it also helps the adrenal glands! Vitamin C is directly involved in the production of cortisol in your adrenal glands and is an essential building block in restoring and healing your adrenal glands. 

I have tried a variety of Vitamin C products over the years, but this is the one from Solaray that has best fit my needs. You can find it for less than $15 on Amazon by clicking HERE.

A word of encouragement for those who struggle with taking Vitamin C orally as I know some Lyme patients do. Consult a qualified physician for this. Despite doing high-dose Vitamin C therapy as part of my healing process from Lyme and continue to receive Vitamin C in my weekly Myers Cocktail IVs, I for a LONG LONG time couldn't take vitamin c orally. It was just one of those weird and strange things with Lyme and the way that Mast Cell had affected my body. I heard this from tons of Lymies - so if you think you are alone- you are not. It took me a while, but with the help of my medical team, I have started (under a doctors care!) to add this back in orally and this is the product that I have found the most helpful. It is a non-acidic formula which is helpful as my gut continues to heal. As I mentioned above, you can find it for less than $15 on Amazon by clicking HERE

6. Magnesium
Similar to #5, with Vitamin C, magnesium is not a supplement that we often consider important in the role of adrenal glands, but it is! Studies have shown that more than 75% of people are deficient in magnesium which is a HUGE issue for those struggling with adrenal fatigue and failure. Sadly, a lack of appropriate magnesium levels can result in fatigue symptoms. There are all different types of magnesium forms so you will want to consult with a doctor and research what is best for your specific case. Listed below are a few of the magnesium products that I have found to be the most helpful:
Boiron Homeopathic Medicine Magnesia Phosphorica
I started using this supplement this past summer and after several months I was amazed at how much it has helped my gut. For those that struggle with IBS, abdominal cramps, stomach cramps, etc. that is helped by placing a heating pad on the area this is a great little supplement to have.

For those who are extremely sensitive patients like myself, homeopathic options are a great way to go sometimes and this is a key example. For this I definitely recommend giving it several months before you expect to see a major difference. I noticed some result and help from it quickly but after several months I noticed huge results.

You can purchase Boiron Homeopathic Medicine Magnesia Phosphorica lots of places (including your local health store) but I found it for a couple of dollars cheaper on Amazon HERE. After trying it for 6 months and seeing the beneficial difference of continuously taking it daily I found it was cheapest to purchase a pack of 5 which can be found HERE.

This is one of my favorite products, although as a disclaimer, it is also one of the more expensive supplements that I use. But it is fantastic and I find it the cheapest on Amazon. You can find it HERE
Magnesium Oil (Magnesium Chloride)
This magnesium oil is probably been one of my most favorite products in my journey with regaining my health. I have used it for pain, but also daily use it for the benefits of adrenal rebuilding. My favorite brand is definitely this Swanson brand - it is wonderful and a bottle will last me for almost 6 months! You can find it on amazon HERE.
Magnesium Malate is a product that was recommended to me by my acupuncturist about two years ago. Unfortunately with the introduction of new treatment rounds, meds, supplements, etc. I haven't been able to try it but it is next up in the rounds for this summer. I am really excited about this product as I have been reading a ton and discussing with medical professionals the benefits of the malate form of magnesium specifically. Interestingly, "Dr.Jay Goldstein, U.S. director of the CFS Institute, has endorsed the use of malic acid as a "valid therapeutic approach" for patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". 

One of the things that I have read is that it takes at least two months to notice any difference with this magnesium so I am excited to share my findings at the end of the summer! The integrative therapeutics brand is the one that a few family members and friends have used and was recommended to me and is what I have purchased to use. You can find it HERE on Amazon. 
7. Licorice
Licorice is a key component for Lyme Disease patients for a number of different things, including a helpful supplement for the gut, but Licorice also has additional health benefits beyond the gut as it is beneficial for the liver, helps to lower cholesterol levels, helps lessen the pain and fatigue of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, and can even help with PMS symptoms. One significant thing that licorice does is that it helps your cortisol circulate for longer!

With all of these benefits, Licorice was a top contender and supplement for me and yet it took a long time for me to find the right company. Unfortunately lots of licorice supplements have added ingredients, which may work for some people, but for a patient like me who is extremely fragile, I needed a supplement that was purely Licorice. After researching I found the Nature's Plus version and it has been a perfect fit for me.

For all that Licorice does, this is one of the more affordable supplements that I used to take. At this current moment I am not taking it anymore but plan to add it back in to the regime in the future. I love when a supplement is helpful and healing for my gut, but also helps my body in other areas! On Amazon it retails for under $11. You can find it on Amazon by clicking HERE.
CoQ10 is important to the overall function of our body as it is used to produce energy for growing and maintaining our cells. Studies have shows that it can also help to increase endurance. My favorite brand of CoQ10 is the one by Researched Nutritionals above. Unfortunately you will have to have a doctors code to order this and give you a code but I would definitely recommend exploring this as this supplement is phenomenal. Beyond helping with energy, I attribute the fact that I don't suffer as much from pain as other people do from Fibro or Lyme issues to this supplement alone. It took a while to see a difference but it is a "must have" for me. You can find it HERE

If you can't get a doctors code or help with Researched Nutritionals, than this CoQ10 on Amazon is what I would recommend as the back up plan. 

This supplement is used for a variety of different things but it does help to move the fatty acids into the mitochondria where we need them to help produce energy. It is also helpful for boosting metabolism and increasing energy levels. 

You can find it on Amazon by clicking HERE.
10. Omega 3's
Many people are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and this can lead to increased inflammation, which requires an increase in cortisol production to manage. (It definitely is a circle that is completely connected!) Taking a quality omega 3 supplement can help to reduce the inflammation that is throughout your body and in turn help to relieve the taxation on your adrenals. 

There are so many different brands and kinds of Omega 3 products, but my favorite and the one that I use is the ultimate omega by Nordic Naturals. I would definitely consult with a physician about what kind would be the most helpful for your particular case, and Nordic Naturals offers a variety of different products. You can find the product above (and other Nordic Naturals products) on Amazon by clicking HERE

Some Additional Helpful Information: 
This book, Adrenal Fatigue, by James Wilson, is one of the best resources that I would definitely recommend. Even if you are not dealing with Lyme it is a fantastic resource and one that I have in my library and have referred back to many times. You can find it on Amazon HERE
There have been studies done over the years that show the importance and the benefits to the adrenal glands with using Himalayan salt. The above brand is the one that I have been using for years. You can find it on Amazon by clicking HERE.

I hope that this product list is helpful for those of you struggling with Lyme Disease or those who are interested in healing your adrenal glands! Let me know if you have any questions!

Looking for additional Lyme Resources? You can find my post, Ten Helpful and Affordable Supplements for Lyme Disease Patients for Healing Your Gut by clicking HERE or find The Lyme Diaries page HERE

You can also find links to all of my Lyme Disease Books Listed Below:

Please note as a disclaimer that the information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her health care provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

5/22/18

A Special Sale (LESS than a DOLLAR!!) on ALL of my Lyme books for Lyme Disease Awareness Month!

Happy Tuesday friends! I hope that y'all had a wonderful weekend and your weekend is off to a great start! This weekend seemed to fly by as we did a lot of packing and moving down to the cabin for the summer, hanging out with good friends, catching up with dear friends living far away, and spent time working on orders for the shop! My mom and I also went to some yard sales and rummage sales and I scored the NEATEST thing for the craft room at the cabin! I will have to do an entire post on it- because it was awesome. And it was only a dollar!! It was a lovely weekend- and I hope that y'all had a went good weekend too! 
Another thing that I worked on this weekend was packaging up some special bulk orders of Praying through Lyme Disease and some of my other Lyme books, including When Truth Refreshes and the Christmas Lyme devotional, When Light Dawns. These are heading out to different countries! It is always humbling when this happens. Any order of any of my books is humbling and I am so grateful for your continued support of my writing. I have no words, just extreme gratitude. 

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, one of the things that I wanted to do to recognize and honor May being Lyme Disease awareness month is making my Lyme books the cheapest that it can be so that anyone can have access to it! I first put out Praying through Lyme Disease for only $.99 and now ALL of my Lyme books in the Kindle Version are $.99!!! Simply click on the links below to go directly to the Kindle Versions of Each Book: 

Praying through Lyme Disease (Large Print Version)

I have one request for this month- if you have read or will read any of these books- would you consider leaving a review for others to know more about them? It doesn't have to be long, but ANY reviews that help potential future readers learn more about them and this would be such an incredible blessing! Thank you! 

If are not a Lyme patient, but know a Lymie this would be a great gift to give them! If you don't know a Lymie and would still like to help I have a list of Lyme patients who want to purchase this book but due to treatment costs can't afford to do so. If you would like to bless them anonymously please contact me or leave a comment and I will message instructions!! 

And finally: a portion of all proceeds of all of my Lyme book sales from this month will be donated to @globallymealliance ! Thank you for your support of not only my books but of Lyme patients around the world!

Thank you again friends! I hope that you have a lovely Monday!

5/19/18

The Adventure Monthly Altered Planner (Undated)

Happy Saturday friends! Today I am so excited to share with you a fun and cute addition to the shop! This fun Monthly Altered Planner is now available for purchase! (You can find it HERE!) 
I have always had an obsession with my planners since I was a young girl. I love to fill my planners with colorful writing, newspaper and magazine clippings that speak to me, quotes, pictures, treasured letters I receive, paint, and little delightful treasures such as fun paper clips! 
This creates a beautiful keepsake that I can look back on and remember the beautiful and ordinary moments of life which are so special! These unique planners allow you to build on to the already embellished planner! It's time to start keeping track of precious moments and days!
Since I was a young girl I have kept hundreds of planners(no exaggeration!). Each of them is filled with different colors and paraphernalia. It makes me giggle to think back on what I felt was "important" to keep at the time and makes me grateful for a fun way to keep precious memories alive.
In many ways my planners become part of my journal collections. 
This altered calendar has a hardcover that has a gorgeous pattern that matches the embellishments that have been used to alter the calendar. There are page for each month of the year and a page to write notes and remember important dates. In addition there is a place for notes at the back of the planner. The inside is filled with adorable embellishments including unique and one-of-a-kind ribbon, vintage ribbon, and beautiful coordinating washi tape and hand-sewn flowers reminding you live joyfully and beautifully. 
This undated planner also has pockets for pictures and project life cards! I have included some hand-sewn cards with adorable buttons that match number to the month but there are still spaces for your own project life cards and pictures to be added!
The calendar is UNDATED but includes all of the months of the year so it can be purchased and used to start at any month or year.
If you are interested in this Monthly Altered Planner can find it HERE. Or if you are interested in looking at other tag and junk journals that are available in the shop you can find them in the Altered Planner section HERE

Happy Saturday friends! I hope that you have a wonderful day with friends and family!!

5/17/18

9 Things I Have Learned From Lyme Disease

1. Life Truly Feels Like It Is "On Pause" In Every Aspect
I can't even begin to count the thousands of times that people forget that I have had to give up my career, my independence, my life to fight this disease. Absolutely everything has been put on hold and it is one of the most difficult things to deal with in this journey. This reality actually inspired me to write When Truth Refreshes (found HERE) because of the myriad of emotions that come from this aspect alone. 

This time of year (and many times of the year) brings up a ton of different emotions as my social media feeds are filled with pictures of all of the graduations, wedding announcements, baby announcements, summer plans, etc. Like many Lymies it can often feel that our lives are on a constant pause button. In that though I have learned a deeper gratitude for the beauty in life... the beauty of now. 
The beauty of savoring the moments that are right before me and living them fully. 
The beauty of loving those that are right in my life.
The beauty of having deeper relationships than I ever knew because Lyme has a way of stripping off the "pretend" and getting to the heart of the matter. 
The beauty of living vulnerably and freely with no expectations. 
The beauty of believing the impossible for each day. 

This is a gift that I never want to forget as I continue to heal. 

2. Healing Doesn't Happen Overnight and It is NOT a straight line.
Before Lyme my experience with being sick is that when you have an infection you feel poorly, you take your vitamins, supplements, oils, etc. and if you choose the prescribed medication and withing a day, week, or sometimes a month, healing comes. Healing takes place quickly and many people start complaining if they have felt sick for more than two or three days. 

Lyme has taught me that the complete opposite can be true. Healing doesn't happen overnight and it is a complex fight to deal with all of the issues that Lyme has caused as it can wreak havoc on so many different parts of the body. It's complex. It's tiring. It's exhausting. And it is an all out fight that you are in every single minute and hour of the day. And there is nothing simple about that. (You can read more about my thoughts on the long and winding road to healing by clicking HERE.)

And in this I have learned that all of life is like that... the journey is long and it lasts a lifetime. There is nothing quick or simple or straight lined about a person's life. I read this quote the other day and shared it with my IG community and it has stuck with me in profound and deep ways:

"Making someone feel loved in an instant is so much easier than showing someone your love over and over, day in and day out. It seems to me that one of the greatest hazards is quick love, which is actually charm. We get used to smiling, hugging, bantering, practicing good eye contact. And it’s easier than true, slow, awkward, painful connection with someone who sees all the worst parts of you. But quick charm is like sugar - it rots us. Only love feeds us. And love happens over years, repetitive motions, staying, staying, staying. Showing up again. Coming clean again, being seen again. That’s how love is built."

That... yes that... is the deep kind of love I long to take with me for the rest of my life.
3. 95% of People You Know Have No Idea What Lyme Disease Is Before You Got It. 
Even though there have been more people talking about Lyme Disease in 2018 than even since my diagnosis in 2013, 95% of people that I know didn't know what it was before I started sharing my story. In response to this I wrote and shared a basic post entitled, "What is Lyme Disease?" a couple of years ago (and have updated it this year which you can find HERE) that remains one of my most read posts of all time. 

With this though comes a complex situation that develops. I have been very vocal about this (to the dismay of many of my Lymie friends that I know *smiles*) and it stands true. Because of this lack of knowledge the healing journey is complex and isolating. On one hand I long to have all of the energy in the world to be the biggest advocate for Lyme Disease, but on the other hand... well...the hard truth of the matter is that I don't have that energy to do all of that advocating or the passion for it. 

This is complex for Lyme patients- we want to shout it from the rooftop about the disease, and yet just keeping track of all of the pills, supplements, meds, and life that needs to take place each hour doesn't allow us to do that always. 

Over the years I found what has worked for me... writing for me is my advocacy point. I have also done speaking on Lyme and sharing my story. Talking and listening to those in my circle is my advocacy ... for the Lymies. For others it is taking on congress and changing laws. I love that. I love that each of us have the opportunity to walk this complex road individually and uniquely. *smiles*

And in this... perhaps Lyme Disease has given me the greatest lesson... life is to short to say "yes" to everything. Choose what is important and what you are going to invest your time into because life is short.
4. Many Doctors Don't Believe that Chronic Lyme exists and are Not Aware of the Complexities that come with it.
Before I got sick I used to watch some medical shows off and on with friends and marvel at the way the doctors would treat patients with "rare and misunderstood diseases". Before I got sick I was convinced that doctors knew pretty much everything in their field. After my diagnosis I have not watched one medical show and learned that doctors sometimes don't know everything. Let me tell you - it is not fun to be the patient sitting in the office where the "experts" on health don't understand your disease, where you have to explain how a certain medication will cause a herx reaction, or tell them that "no, this is not all in my head". 

A quote that I mentioned in the forward of my first book and that has brought me to tears sums this point up well: "In the fullness of time the mainstream handling of Chronic Lyme Disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine". 

Amen. Amen. Amen.

I think that this has taught me a huge lesson in general in my life. Words are so powerful. We have the beautiful opportunity to recognize all of the hurtful and "death words" that have been spoken over us in this journey and choose to spread the opposite: to speak life-affirming words into each person that we encounter. I want to take this with me for the rest of my life. 
5. Lyme Disease is the Loneliest Battle You Will Ever Fight.
"Recovery is not a team sport. It's a solitary distance run. It's long. It's exhausting. And it's lonely as hell." 

Fighting Lyme Disease is the loneliest battle you will ever fight. Even with a great support team you have to face the monster day in and day out- doing something every hour or more to fight, and it is incredibly lonely. It is days upon days upon days of being in bed, being in your house (where moving to a different room can be a huge accomplishment) and days upon days upon weeks upon years of fighting a serious and determined killer. It's a solitary distance run... a marathon that you never wanted to run or trained for. It's incredibly long. It's physically and emotionally exhausting. And it's lonely as hell. 

There is something deep and refining about facing loneliness though. There are lessons that I have learned in this season that could never have been replicated in a season full of people all around. These lessons have shown me the worst about me and I have grown up. Not just age wise, but in deep heart ways that only a season of loneliness can teach you. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it well... there is a season for togetherness and a season for being alone. It's a challenging and lonely wilderness that most want to escape and run from. This journey teaches you to not run away from the hard but to face things with courage and without fear.
6. People Can Say the Most Insensitive Things
I can't even begin to start to list the thousands of insensitive things that I have been told throughout this journey ranging from: "It must be nice to not have to go to work" or "It must be nice not to have to ever leave summer you have it everyday of the year" or "I am tired and you don't see me complain about it" or  "I wish I could just lay around and watch TV" (a thing to do that those who know me well know that I don't like to do) or "you just need to exercise more" or "if you just tired this... (insert oil, supplement, antibiotic, pill, etc.) you would be better" or "Why aren't you better yet?" or "You must just not have enough faith to be healed" or "What is the name of the disease you have again? Lame Disease?" And the list goes on and on and on and on... 

I honestly had no idea how insensitive and hurtful people could be until I got sick. At a time when I thought people would surround, encourage, and rally around me, I have received so much skepticism, hurtful and rude assumptions and comments, and lack of support from those that I truly thought were close friends. I shared a little in my post, "after the diagnosis", but the truth is that this is a sad but realistic part of the journey. 

But here is what I have also learned...

7. There are Unexpected Blessings of Illness
While it is true that I have had lots of friends walk away and been very unsupportive of my journey, I can also say without a doubt that I am incredibly blessed woman and my cup truly over runs with the way that God has blessed my life with amazing friends and family support. 

Fighting a serious illness like Lyme leaves you incredibly vulnerable to the relationships that you have in your life because you have nothing to offer. You aren't well enough to do things that you might have done "normally" before (like attend special events or birthday parties). You aren't well enough to often remember the days of the week let alone remember important days in others lives (like birthdays, anniversary dates, etc.). You often don't have the strength for regular phone conversations (or meeting for coffee). And you often are trying to use every single spare energy you have to get better that "real life" disappears into a "fog" of "what was". 

You learn in a heart breaking and startling way the reality that the many of the relationships that you have were built on what you have to offer another person instead of love. And the sad reality is that many, many, many people walk away when you have nothing to offer.

 A sweet friend of mine who is fighting Ovarian Cancer recently asked me if I thought illness caused division and was the cause of people leaving. Over the years I have contemplated it , and the truth is that I don't think it is. Yes, illness is messy and hard and filled with tons of pain and yuckiness. BUT. I truly believe that illness just shines a spotlight on the issues, the reality, and the character of who we are and those that we are friends with. I truly believe that if it wasn't the situation of illness that caused the "fracture" in relationships, it would eventually be something else.

BUT in the midst of all of that, there are unexpected blessing of illness if you look for it. In the midst of the difficult, the messy, and painful, there emerges a group of people that become "your family" and "your tribe". These are the people that instead of walking away when times get tough they continue to love on you even though there is absolutely no benefit and no gain for themselves. They quietly and sacrificially love you, walk with you, and model what a healthy relationship looks like. They are the unexpected blessing of illness and I have realized that even more than before I am a very blessed woman. (You can read more about the unexpected blessings of illness in this post HERE.)

And here is what I have learned in deep ways as I have begun the healing journey. I love more openly and freely then before Lyme. The sentiment "wild and free" has a whole new meaning for me beyond a pinterest saying. I have learned that letting go of expectations of how someone will respond is the most beautiful thing in the world. 

Love given freely will never come back without a person being changed. Keep pressing on, keep the faith, and live in the beautiful hope of loving someone freely.
8. The Financial Cost to Fight the Disease will Drain Every Resource that You Have. 
I shared more in my post, What is Lyme Disease?, but this aspect is the most stressful thing about the entire journey. From it stems hundreds and hundreds of issues that are overwhelming. 

Lyme Disease patients worry about things that most people don't think about. I will debate for hours and hours each week on which supplement or antibiotic I should do "without" due to money. We have concerns and stresses that are impossible to explain. We have sold everything we can think of, have had to humble ourselves to ask for money and are embarrassed to admit we have done so, and have asked every family member, friend, and stranger for help. In the process most of our relatives and friends have depleted their savings accounts and bank accounts to help us. Let me say what most Lyme Disease patients are thinking about all of the time but are ashamed to admit:

We don't care about the battles of politics and insurance. We don't care about "which treatment" is supposedly the best. We don't care about "this or that". What we do care about is fighting for our lives and our health and most of us are so scared that we can never get better because we do not have financial ability to do so

And here is what I have learned...a simple and yet profound lesson: to watch for the miracle of provision each and every day.

(side note: If you are a Lyme patient and looking for financial tips and resources I wrote a blog post about this topic that you can find by clicking HERE.)
9. Fighting Lyme Disease Will Change You.
Even when you heal you will have changed too radically - physically or emotionally to ever go back to what you knew or were before this fight... and that is the deepest lesson I have learned. 

I truly believe that Lyme Disease has changed me in the best possible way and it can if you let it. We have the opportunity to become more compassionate, loving, brave, courageous, free, and more giving people then we were before. We have the opportunity to become a better version of who we were before we entered this fight. Physically, emotionally and spiritually I look back as I enter my 6th year of living at home and see that I am a different person... I have fought for who I am and I realize that I am loving this person I am becoming. 

Lyme Disease has not defined me... but it has been the greatest teacher and for that I am forever thankful for all of the lessons above.

5/15/18

How to Prepare for Your Golfing Trip

Before you embark on your golfing trip, it is important that you know what items to pack so your trip can go as smoothly as possible. Here are ways on how to prepare for your golfing trip.
Golf Equipment
Confident or casual golfers may decide to leave their expensive equipment at home, instead choosing to rent equipment to avoid any personal loss or damage. However, those who feel confident with their own personal equipment may want to pack all their necessities and favorite items. If you are planning to bring your own equipment, you will need to work out how you are going to take it with you. Large golfing items include golf clubs, golf shoes and a golf bag so it is important that you take into consideration the size of your equipment so that you can pack accordingly.
Appropriate Clothing
Before you leave for your golfing trip, it is best to look online at the weather forecast, so you can get a better idea on what type of temperature you will be playing in. If you are going to places that tend to rain and have poor weather, you will need to pack appropriate items like rain gear and jackets or sweaters, so you can have a comfortable experience and be prepared. The amount of clothing you bring on your golfing trip will depend on how long you are going away for. It is best to bring clothing to suit all weathers as temperatures can dip as the day goes on and you may need to put on a sweater to stay warm. Make sure that you count the rounds you aim to play so you can pack your outfits accordingly. You will also need to adhere to the golf courses dress code as some may require you to pack special clothing for dining or other evening events. Websites like Wheres My Caddie can give you more information on what type of golfing gear is best for you to take.
Personal Items
Just like with any trip, you will need to make a checklist of all the personal items you are going to bring with you. Make sure to not forget necessities such as your wallet/purse, credit card, cash and passport. Also, you will need to bring with you any tickets, receipts or confirmation numbers that may need to be validated once you get to your destination.
Electronics
There are also personal electronics that you may want to bring on your golfing trip. If you are planning to bring your camera, laptop or phone, ensure you bring all associated batteries and electrical chargers as well as storing them in a safe and secure place in your luggage. Some golf courses may not allow some gadgets or devices, so it is best to check beforehand to eliminate any problems.
Knowing what equipment and items to take with you before your golfing trip will help give you reassurance and help eliminate any problems that could arise.

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