My Lyme Story: From Infection to Remission and Beyond!

Hey Love Bees! ๐Ÿ

There was a time in my life when I didnโ€™t know whether Iโ€™d ever be able to walk again.

Lyme Disease Tick

It all started with a tick bite, followed by the development of a rash which resembled a bullseye.  

I didnโ€™t think anything of it at the time, but soon afterwards my eyesight deteriorated suddenly. Then, I started getting chest pains and cardiac arrhythmia, and found myself blacking out.

I also developed a gnawing pain in my knees, which gradually worsened and spread to every joint in my body. 

For years afterwards, I suffered from the most excruciating and unrelenting joint pain; coupled with extreme fatigue, cognitive impairment and worsening neurological symptoms.

By this point, I was bed-ridden and being cared for by my mum. Iโ€™d lost all of my independence, most of my dignity, and I was beginning to lose all hope.๐Ÿ˜ข

Eventually (after being misdiagnosed with Fibromyalgia and CFS by the NHS) I was tested privately (using more accurate testing methods) and I finally discovered that I was actually suffering from Lyme Disease!

If not treated immediately, Lyme Disease can become a stubborn, serious and progressive infection which can encyst and hide from the immune system. It can cause permanent damage to the heart and brain, and evidence suggests that chronic infection may be linked with the development of MS.

By this point, I’d been sick (and untreated) for many years, and I was terrified about what my future might hold! 

Thankfully, I adopted a vegan lifestyle and to my complete surprise, within a week of switching to a whole foods plant-based diet, my Lyme Arthritis showed signs of improvement and my chronic pain started to subside!

This had a huge impact on my quality of life, and is something Iโ€™ll always be grateful for! ๐Ÿ’œ

Later, I also underwent a gruelling herbal protocol (called the Buhner Protocol) followed by CQ10 supplementation, which improved my other symptoms too – and eventually, I went into remission.

Every day now, I’m so overcome with gratitude and joy for regaining my life and my health, and I hope that my experience might give those suffering from this dreadful disease, a tiny bit of hope!

Chronic Lyme Disease

I also hope that my story can help to remind people to be aware of the dangers of ticks.

If youโ€™re in the countryside, please try to cover up as best as possible, and be sure to remove any ticks correctly. Also, if you do get bitten (even if you donโ€™t have a bullseye rash) please seek medical treatment immediately.

I’d also recommend watching the eye-opening documentary Under Our Skin as it truly shows the scale and impact of Lyme Disease. (I believe you can find it on Youtube!) 

So what’s life like for me now? Well, after gradually building up my fitness, I’ve recently taken up running!! I was hugely inspired by the incredible running scene in Budapest, and I cannot describe how amazing it feels to be flying down the road – knowing how far Iโ€™ve come! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

Whatโ€™s even better is that I can use my new hobby to help raise money for charity – So on the 24th September, Iโ€™ll be doing my first 10k race to raise money for Animal Free Research UK!

If youโ€™d like to know more or want to sponsor me, you can find my JustGiving page here.

Every penny truly does help, and it would mean more than words can say! ๐Ÿ’œ

Also, if youโ€™d like more info on my healing journey or Lyme Disease, please donโ€™t hesitate to contact me and I’ll do my very best to help!

Much love and take care,

Chrissy xx


26 Comments on My Lyme Story: From Infection to Remission and Beyond!

  1. You have overcome so much and are an inspiration to anyone struggling with illness. i greatly admire your positivity! I am so pleased that now you are running , your new hobby ! This is all the more fantastic as you were confined to a wheelchair ! Well done ! I am so proud of you !!!! xxx

  2. Emma Raphael says:

    That’s fantastic that changing your diet changed your life… Lymes disease just fills me with dread. We used to live in an area that had a very high tick problem (Bavaria), which meant that I would check my children thoroughly each time they came home from school. There we could get the vaccine for Tick Borne Encephalitis, but we just had to be super vigilant and watch out for a bulls eye rash…

    • Oh Gosh..Bavaria looks like such a beautiful area but that must have been SO scary! ๐Ÿ™ I was bitten in the New Forest, which is one of the worst places in the UK for Lyme-infected ticks!xx

  3. Sarah Bailey says:

    Oh wow you have come through so much, I hope your Lymes is now in remission for good. Good luck with your running as well that is amazing.

  4. myrabevlife says:

    What an incredible journey and thankfully you had those private tests because misdiagnosis is so common these days. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Oh gosh! Yes, I’m SO grateful that I had them done! For years I thought it was ME/CFS and I just kept getting worse and makes me sad to think of all the other people out there who’ve been misdiagnosed and just don’t know! ๐Ÿ™ xxx

  5. That’s an amazing journey, and so wonderful that your vegan diet helped you into remission, it’s incredible what plants can do! ๐Ÿ™‚ Best of luck with your run, enjoy it!

  6. Oh my goodness – you have overcome so, so much! You’re amazing!

  7. Goodness me! How terrifying for you. I never knew about this and how bad it could get – so thank you for highlighting it. I take my dog on country walks and never thought something like this could actually happen. x

    • Yeah, it’s really scary how a creature so small can cause so much damage! I’d love to see more awareness about it, to help people realise the dangers and also help those who are already infected, to start getting treatment sooner.xx

  8. Oh wow what an incredible story and a terrifying experience to have gone through. I’ve noticed that Lyme disease is up on the rising lately, I remember hearing a piece about it on the radio. I know you have to look out for a bullseye rash.

    • Yes! It definitely seems to be getting more prevalent ๐Ÿ™ John Caudwell (the billionaire founder of Phones4U) has done a lot to raise awareness of it recently, as his whole family has it! Although some people with Lyme don’t get the rash, most do, so I think if people are able to recognise it and get treatment early, that will be a huge step forward in preventing it from becoming such a chronic and debilitating illness.xx

  9. Emily (@amummytoo) says:

    Having had viral meningitis last year some of this was painfully relatable. Awful that it took so long for you to be correctly diagnosed, but so happy to hear how well you’re doing now x

    • Oh gosh! I’m SO sorry to hear you had viral meningitis..that must have been SO terrifying and awful! I hope you’re doing much better now, and thank you so much for your kind words! *hugs*xx

  10. It sounds like you’ve been through the mill but come out the other side stronger. It’s amazing how a diet can make you feel much better! Good luck on the run x

  11. Omg how scary! Thank goodness you got treatment you needed! It’s so scary that a bite can make you so poorly!!

  12. You have overcome so much and you really are an inspiration!

  13. Such an inspiring story, I’m so happy you’re now in remission and well done for raising awareness ๐Ÿ™‚

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