My Journey

I think it is important to start by saying that as humans we feel many things in our lives define who we are. I choose not to be defined by Lyme Disease and believe that no one should allow a disease to define them. I prefer to say that I am “managing Lyme Disease” rather than “I have Lyme Disease”.

In the spring of 2014 I woke up and found an insect bite on my shoulder. My husband sent me up to the clinic to have it looked and at the time it was thought to be a spider bite, I was given ointment and sent on my way.

Over the next couple of months symptoms started slow and were easily ignored:
I was tired because I kept myself busy,
I had a sore throat so I must be fighting off a virus,
My knees hurt because I was sitting on the floor throughout my yoga teacher training.

And then three months later I couldn’t lift my arm without extreme pain. The myriad of symptoms that surfaced as time went on is unimaginable. When the pain in my joints became too much and affected my ability to work and do simple daily tasks I knew I had to take some of this into my own hands. I started digging into the research and realizing I had a lot of power to make positive changes because two things were clear: my body was in a state of severe inflammation and my immune system was attacking me. These were both things that can be impacted by what we eat.

Time went on and I was still a medical mystery. My symptoms continued to worsen as new ones appeared. By January 2016 I had started to lose the ability to sit up or stand up. I wasn’t able to walk more than a couple of steps. I was in unbelievable pain. There were days that it was physically impossible for me to brush my own teeth.

A few months later in March we finally received a diagnosis: it was Lyme Disease. While doing my best to manage symptoms and assist my body through the uncertainty I had unknowingly been preparing my body to start treatment. Midway through 2016 I began intensive IV antibiotic treatment and other than some expected Jarisch-Herxheimer reactions, my tolerance to treatment has been well, beyond what has been expected. As I continue to treat myself and move through this journey I am not only passionate about Lyme Disease advocacy and awareness, but also as a Registered Dietitian I am passionate about educating others about food and healthy eating.

As an expert in nutrition, my goal is to help people achieve better health by giving them the tools and support necessary using the knowledge and first hand experience I have in
how food and nutrition play a significant role in Lyme and chronic disease. For me personally,
food and nutrition have been vital in the management and recovery from this disease. Lyme causes inflammation in the body and down-regulates the immune system, our food choices can directly affect both and I want help to others through this complex, overwhelming and scary journey.

As you read through my site, you’ll notice that I don’t only focus on food. I teach about vitamins, supplements, how to make the most of your time in the kitchen, including recipes and handy-kitchen tools that allow you to make healthy meals when your ill. As a yoga teacher, I believe strongly in the mind-body connection, basic yoga practices have greatly influenced my physical and emotional health through such a traumatic health journey and I am here to help you through yours.

If you look hard enough there is always a silver lining. Becoming ill has forced me to stop what I was doing. Life had to slow down and my focus had to shift. I believe it was a wake up call to shake me from the path of living a routine life with less self awareness, and forcing me to ask myself “what do you really want from life?”. I’ve gained a great appreciation for this illness. It has come with many lessons and because of it I know I’ll live a more fulfilling life doing things that I am passionate about, and one of those things is helping others through this journey.

My Third Visit to Paracelsus – Part One

First, let us talk about travelling to Switzerland for the third time in 15 months for Lyme Disease treatment. And I sure as heck don’t mean to sound like a snobby, ungrateful brat. First, travelling when your unwell just absolutely sucks-  for anyone who’s...

Lyme Disease – Five Years Later

Writing this post brings back memories of my days (which were now long ago enough I don’t want to tell you how many years its been) of being in University; lap top balanced on my knee while I work to meet a deadline.  To be fair, I actually finished assignments...

Update: Two and a Half Years of Treatment for Lyme Disease

It never stops amazing me how quickly time can pass.  Two months from now will mark the 3rd year since my test results came back positive for Lyme Disease and Bartonella, and three months after that I began treatment under the care of an Infection Disease Specialist...

My Decision To Go Back To Paracelsus For Lyme Disease Treatment

This Lyme Disease update will be quick, mostly because I am short on time and perhaps don’t have a lot to say? I wrote an update in May about how I’ve been doing, which is still very up and down.  Whenever someone asks how I am, my answer is always "up and down".  In...

Lyme Disease Treatment at Paracelsus: Week Three, Part Two

In the world of Lyme Disease patients often joke about "Lyme brain".  What is it? Well, picture your brain as a filing cabinet with different drawers arranged by date and that are color coded. The drawers include things like memories, language, critical thinking...

Four Months After Paracelsus: Lyme Disease Treatment Update

I often start by apologizing, and I shouldn’t but here I am appologizing again. I said I would try to get my Paracelsus treatment diaries out a lot sooner than has happened.  There are about four blogs left to edit and post, which means this blog your reading right...

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

I would have liked to take a more active role in activities and dialogues happening this month around Lyme Disease Awareness. I planned to post a lot more and help people remember that this disease is real and it can happen to anyone. But, to be honest, I have had a...

Lyme Treatment at Paracelsus – Week Three, Part One

Despite how happy I look in the picture above (the location is Hoher Kasten) , this photo was taken after my four weeks at Paracelsus was complete... I had good reason to be happy! Week three of treatment at Paracelsus didn't get easier.  In fact, from this point it...

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