Caravan Sonnet: The Lyme Diaries

The Lyme Diaries

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This "series" was created to help some of my readers who are struggling with Lyme Disease and to provide information to those of you that are wondering "exactly what in the world is she dealing with?". Since sharing my original diagnosis of Lyme Disease in March 2013 and continuing to share updates on my health through my "Notes on the Porch" posts I have received many emails asking a variety of questions on treatment, advice, ideas, and a host of other things. At first I was able to share my limited knowledge with ease because these emails were not so frequent, but since writing the "What is Lyme Disease" post in May these emails, facebook messages, etc. have quadrupled and I have struggled to answer the several hundred emails a week. (Let's be honest... I have not been able to answer even half of them.) For a while I hesitated to address my thoughts, advice, ideas because I feel that I am still learning and at the same time have often used this blog as an "escape" away from "sick world". 

But in September 2014 I received an email that changed the course of this decision for me. This email was from a man who had lost his sister to Lyme Disease and he was begging me to share my thoughts and advice so that others don't have to walk the road that she did. (And to those of you whose mouths just dropped open, yes, you can die from Lyme Disease and its complications.) My prayer is that this will be helpful and knowledgeable information and will help spread the word about Lyme Disease. I do want to put a disclaimer in though here at the beginning: Lyme Disease is complicated for doctors to treat because it manifests itself in so many different ways for patients. My little thoughts and advice will be more general in hopes that it will be a helpful starting ground of information to help the patient and also information that they can share with others no matter how Lyme Disease has affected them. Also... there are many wonderful people who write about Lyme Disease and share their exact treatment protocol (including herbs, vitamins, and medications) and that is lovely but I have chosen not to do that for a variety of reasons. I appreciate your kindness in respecting my privacy! 

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