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How has Lyme Disease affected your life?One evening I was scrolling through newsfeed on Facebook and found an article written by a mother who found a strange “Bulls eye” rash on her son. She took him to the ER and found that it was the beginning stages of Lyme disease. Two days after reading that article I found the same rash on my right leg, so I rushed to urgent care for treatment. They gave me doxycycline for 21 days to fight off the infection. For over a month I felt scared and anxious and just plain crappy. I knew this disease can be devastating if not caught early enough. All I could think about was if this isn’t cured, how will I take care of my daughter? My husband was on deployment, so I essentially faced this by myself while trying to chase after an energetic two year old. After coming off the antibiotics I went back to the doctor for the check up and they listed the symptoms and asked me a lot of questions. I didn’t have any of the symptoms they listed and there was no need for blood work. The doctors are confident that we caught it in time and that I am Lyme free. Although I only faced this for a few short months, it makes me wonder what would have happened if God had not intervened and allowed me to come across that article. I would probably have Lyme disease right now and not even know it. I would love to spread my story and help others know the signs and the beginning stages of this disease. Hopefully someone can get treatment as early as I did, and eventually be cured.

What inspires you?

I have a friend who has Lyme disease and West Nile virus. Although she is in pain and suffering more often than not, she is still a good friend and has an overall happy disposition. I only hope if I ever had this disease I could be as strong as she is. Shes is, in a way, a hero for not letting this overcome her.

“Keep the faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you’re about to give up hope.” -Anonymous

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