For most of my life I suffered from a mysterious condition that always seemed to keep me from living life to the fullest. I experienced a laundry list of ever changing and ever increasing symptoms including extreme exhaustion, digestive issues, constant muscle and joint pain, sinus infections, viral infections, and colds on a regular basis (like once every 3 weeks) as well as panic attacks, social anxiety, rashes, drooping eyelids, neurological problems including loss of word recognition, tremors and more. My pain took a toll on me physically, mentally, and emotionally, and I was constantly searching for the cause of all of my suffering and how I could overcome it. Throughout the years I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, food allergies, an anxiety disorder, Endometriosis, Arthritis, dermatological conditions, and finally, when there seemed to be no other explanation, Hypochondria. I knew this just wasn’t the case, and I refused to live a life enslaved by all of these symptoms.

After several years of looking for a cure among the best hospitals of New York City, someone mentioned Lyme Disease. I quickly learned that Lyme is a tick-borne bacterial infection that, if not caught early, often becomes a systemic and chronic illness attacking multiple organs and eventually working its way into the neurological system. In addition, Lyme often comes as a package deal with several coinfections transmitted by the same tick: Bartonella, Babesiosis, and Erlichea.

In January of 2008, I was positively diagnosed with Lyme Disease and two of its coinfections, Bartonella and Babesiosis. This diagnosis is one of the greatest blessings I’ve ever experienced! Since receiving my positive diagnosis, I’ve been able to get the help I need from a fabulous Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD) here in New York City. And after over 18 months of antibiotic therapy combined with vitamins, supplements, lots of PRAYER, and healthy living, I’m on a path to full health and “recovery.” While it hasn’t always been an easy journey (and at times it’s been downright hard and scary), it’s shaping up to be an exciting one.

Unfortunately, I also learned that there is a lot of debate right now within the medical community as to what late stage Lyme is and how to treat it. Because of this, many people go undiagnosed for years just as I had. I hope that my story with Lyme Disease can help others who are suffering from Lyme realize that with proper treatment and healthy living there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that we will be able live life to the fullest in spite of this challenge.

Links:

The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)

Under Our Skin blog

Resources:

Cure Unknown

Under Our Skin

Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Lyme Disease

Everything You Need to Know About Lyme Disease, 2nd Edition

4 Responses to “My Story With Lyme Disease”


  1. […] A healthy diet has played a big part in helping me achieve good health while overcoming chronic Lyme Disease and has made me a firm believer in the power of food. And while I’ve always been interested […]

  2. Britta Says:

    I am so glad to have found your blog! I am excited to read some of it from the past and continue to read it as your post again!

    I also have the nasty Chronic Lyme Disease…ick!

    Have a great day!

  3. Rodrigo Says:

    what llmd did you use in NY that you can recommend?

    1. Kim Says:

      Hi Rodrigo – email me at kimtrick@gmail.com and I’ll send you his info. 🙂

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