Hey Love Bees! 🐝
There was a time in my life when I didn’t know whether I’d ever be able to walk again.
It all started with a tick bite, followed by the development of a rash which resembled a bullseye.
I didn’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. I’d lost all of my independence, most of my dignity, and I was beginning to lose all hope.😢
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 I’ll always be grateful for! 💜
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!
I also hope that my story can help to remind people to be aware of the dangers of ticks.
If you’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 don’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 I’ve come! 👌🏻
What’s even better is that I can use my new hobby to help raise money for charity – So on the 24th September, I’ll be doing my first 10k race to raise money for Animal Free Research UK!
If you’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! 💜
Also, if you’d like more info on my healing journey or Lyme Disease, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll do my very best to help!
Much love and take care,