This series is authored by Ali B. and documents her struggle with Lyme Disease. Read Part 1 here.
In my last blog post, I shared about how I contracted Lyme disease, and detailed some of my struggles with it. If you haven't read that blog post, please start there; this is Part 2 of my story.
In 2015, my life story was being co-authored by someone who did not have my best interest at heart. The very weaknesses I tried to hide behind smiles were twisted and used against me.
During that time, I was also on the hunt for healing the autoimmune disease that I had been diagnosed with. (Remarkably, Lyme disease was still not my diagnosis. I had been told by medical professionals that I had an autoimmune disease… which I do, but it’s triggered by the Lyme disease - which they missed.)
I tried all kinds of treatments, and spent thousands of dollars searching for relief. As of this writing, I have been treated in Spain, Australia, Mexico, USA and the UK.
Desperate for a miracle, I heard about Helminthic Therapy. Helminthic Therapy is an alternative treatment therapy whereby you infect yourself with hookworms, which grow in your intestine and start to calm your immune system.
Advocates say that the therapy is like a song being sung to calm a crying baby; like a lullabye, the hookworms calm an overactive immune system.
Desperate for anything that would make me feel better, I allowed approximately 30 hookworms to be put in my body.
Pretty quickly however, I realized that I was not getting the results I had so badly wanted and needed. In fact, I was struggling and my nervous system was chaos.
One day I realized that the hookworms were hurting me, not helping. I needed my immune system to be strong, not asleep!
It was a depressing time for me. I truly felt that I would never find health again.
In the depths of frustration, and at a time when I felt like giving up, I heard a voice that said, “This is not how it ends, girl. Keep Trying!”
I killed the the hookworms and continued my journey.
The journey was not easy! My brain used to shut down with stress and anxiety. PTSD was a daily struggle for me.
This became my reality, until one day in 2018 I decided that I was literally sick and tired of being “Sick and Tired”.
Feeling good more often than not is an incredible feeling; and something you might not even realize is a gift until it’s gone.
Today I’m able to keep on top of my life and take care of the stresses that I felt were beyond my control. I say to friends, “If I have my health I can handle anything!”.
For the first time in over 20 years, I know I am on the right path and it doesn’t matter what Dr. said this and what Dr. said that. I don’t listen to all the Negative Nancys who doubted my determination.
I forge ahead, remain true to myself and what I believe. I choose every day to rise above it and keep telling myself, You can do this! Search out your tribe and listen to your body! Fill your life with love and positive stories of people who can and did , and when the day becomes too much know you can sleep and try again tomorrow.
This morning, at my weekly chiropractor appointment, my chiropractor adjusted and felt around my back he said, "You have a lot more muscle tone here. I can feel it!”
That made me smile. You’re right, Mr. Chiropractor. I am MUCH stronger!
If you are struggling with Lyme disease, anxiety, PTSD, or any ailment that you think you can't rise above, please know you're not alone and you have the ability to overcome it.
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