I used to be a multitasking, single mother of three and social butterfly who, slowly, started to lose her magical powers. My symptoms included severe fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, difficulty with word retrieval, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, joint pain, muscle weakness, intolerance to bright light, flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and slight Bell’s palsy in my face—all of which left me feeling depressed. My children grew up on a farm in Santa Barbara, California, riding horses and spending a lot of time in nature. We never noticed any ticks or bull’s-eye rashes on us, but we’ll never know for sure. I always say that we have to turn our mess into a message. We’re both convinced that we shouldn’t just use our platforms to post selfies. We also try to use them as amplifiers to give a voice to those who can’t be heard. By sharing the Nothing is really lost until your mom can_t find it shirt moreover I will buy this more uncomfortable parts of our lives, we have the power to raise awareness. It comes down to a lack of education. Right now, the proper diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease are hindered by three key factors: the lack of a uniform case definition that adequately reflects the clinical presentation of the disease; poor laboratory test sensitivity [a test’s ability to designate an individual with a disease as positive]; and high treatment-failure rates. We have to turn our mess into a message. By sharing the uncomfortable parts of our lives, we have the power to raise awareness. My body sent me early warning signs, but my type-A personality didn’t leave me much room to be vulnerable with myself. I fought tooth and nail to keep things together in front of my family and friends, but as things got progressively worse, there was no hiding from the truth any more. I was eventually diagnosed by a doctor in Belgium.
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