Thursday, May 21, 2009

Praying For Lymies-Jennifer's Story

For those of you who aren't familiar, throughout the month of May, in the place of my Health Advice Thursdays(previously moved from Mondays), I am dedicating every Thursday to Lyme Awareness since the month of May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

And for those of you who do know, I would like to introduce you to our next featured Lymie who has shown that Lyme isn't gonna keep her down! She has dedicated her time to promote awareness and help others in similar situations get recognized and acknowledged.

Meet Jennifer!

Jennifer has been fighting Lyme Disease for going on 12 years now ever since she was bitten by a tick in 1995. To her, this journey was a puzzle. The 'puzzle pieces' included vomiting, seizures, headaches, muscle twitches, joint pain, dizziness, nausea, rashes, memory loss, confusion, difficulty walking due to joint pain, sleeping way too much, ear ringing, word finding problems, low body temperature, loose stools, blurry vision and the list goes on and on.

"I didn't realize a tiny tick could cause all of these problems," she told me in her email.

After seeing numerous doctors and being diagnosed with many things such as Fibro, Lupus, and even brain cancer, Jennifer decided to finally see a doctor who specialized in Lyme Disease in her area. The first appointment they had, the doctor asked multiple questions and she answered all of them. "I'll never forget the words out of his mouth, "Jennifer, I know what you have and I can help. You have Lyme Disease."

She told me when she left that office, she felt hope; She felt like someone finally understood her and all those 'pieces' where put together.

After that whole ordeal, Jennifer decided she wanted to start a blog for herself. Why? Because generally, lymies have a lot of memory problems and it's very important to remember some of the things you are going through. If not for yourself, then for the future. So she started her personal blog, Living the Lyme Life.

If you would like to read more about Jennifer and her journey, you can do so Here.

In February of this year, Jennifer had an idea to put together a blog for other lymies such as herself. She wanted to dedicate this to all of those who are sick and need healing so she started compiling a list of names of people she knew with Lyme. " I didn't know how I would pull it off, but I knew with my determination that I would be able to do it."

And so, Praying For Lymies came to be! It started out with a few close friends and one lymie per week, but as the requests started pouring in, it became quite clear she was going to have to expand that one lymie a week to two.
As the requests came, she realized that she was booked solid for the next four months!
"With more requests coming in daily, I decided it was important that in the month of May I needed to feature three Lymies per week."
So how about that?! From one lymie a week to three in just 3 short months!
If you know of anyone who would like to be featured, have them go to Jennifer's Blog, Praying For Lymies, leave a comment on either blog with contact information. OR you can click at the top of the Praying For Lymies blog where it says "click here to post to blog." It will bring up an "email." This email can be used to post a prayer for a featured Lymie or to contact me so that I
know they want to be featured.
For the month of May, Jennifer has also:
*Put a Lime Green Ribbon on her mail box.
* Wears a lime green ribbon around her belt loop every day.
*Became active in contacting North Carolina Legislative Members to spread the word on Lyme Disease and the importance of supporting Physicians that treat diseases in an unconventional way.
So there are just a few things you can do to help raise awareness! It can be as simple as tying a green ribbon around your mailbox to as complicated as contacting your local government and making them aware.
A big thanks to Jennifer and all the other lymies out there raising awareness! We are one step closer to being helped thanks to all of you =]
Love and Energies.


Jennifer said...

Beautiful Kayla! :)

Audrey said...

Lovely post. I know of someone with this disease. It's scary. Took the doctors a couple of years to figure out what the problem was.
She is better, and able to function as a "normal" person for the most part.

Renee said...

Nice write up on Jennifer. I also have Lyme ~ for 25 years now but was only diagnosed 2 yrs ago so have been very ill and homebound the last 5. The late stage neurological Lyme has also resulted in CFS/ME and MCS among other medical problems. Each day is a challenge but with a good LLMD, my supportive hubby, fellow Lyme encouragers, and my faith I persevere. All of us have great courage in fighting this battle, don't you think?
Nice to see your blog and read your posts here. Hope and pray your journey shows improvement.

Live, Love, Laugh, Write! said...

Thank you for sharing her story - what she is doing is wonderful!

monkey girl said...

Thanks for the post.
I find it helpful to know I'm not along in fighting this disease (for 8+years).

I'll keep you and Jennifer in my thoughts.

BTW, love the jewelry!

Jennifer said...

If any of you ladies that have left comments want to be featured, leave me a comment so I can contact you on my praying for lymies blog.