Hi guys, it’s Mari. As many of you know, May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Rob and I are joining together to #TakeABiteOutOfLyme
Lyme Fact you may not know: Ticks can carry many types of infections, which can complicate diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms can vary so greatly in each person depending on what form of the disease or co-infections they have, that it makes diagnosis even more difficult.
If you’re someone like me for instance and have Late Stage Neurological Lyme Borreliosis, Babesiosis, Bartonella & several other co-infections, the disease can affect any organ of your body, including the brain, central nervous system, eyes, muscles, joints & heart.
Lyme disease can trigger autoimmunity, so some people like myself, will present with diseases such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, or any number of other autoimmune diseases.
In cases like mine the Lyme infection has unbalanced the immune system enough to trigger the autoimmune mechanism.
A typical day for someone with this form of the disease can consist of symptoms such as seizures, debilitating electrocuting facial pain, trigeminal neuralgia, severe ear pain & pressure, head pain & pressure, visual disturbances that can be so profound they make it impossible to leave your house, cognitive impairment, extreme fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, panic attacks, joint pain, poor sleep, heart palpitations, episodes of dizziness, severe stomach pains, numbness in the hands or feet, TMJ disorder, Burning Mouth Syndrome, blepharitis, major hair loss, & problems with short-term memory. And all these can happen in one day.
It’s been a long time since I felt like myself…the person I was before Lyme. But I must keep fighting, for myself, for my loved ones and for everyone else with this horrible disease.
Our hope is to be heard and to be believed. To raise awareness of this very misunderstood life-threatening disease. And most importantly, to find a cure to help save our lives.
Rob & I nominate all of our friends and family to take the challenge to help us fight.
#lymediseaseawareness #invisibleillness #tickborneillness #autoimmunedisease #butyoudontlooksick