I grew up and still live in Connecticut, where Lyme disease was first discovered in 1975. I just recently heard through a cousin about a connection between lab experiments at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York and Lyme, Connecticut. Smaranda Dumitru writes about the possible connection and the medical community’s attentively blind eye approach to this rampant disease, on the State University of New York at New Paltz’s website, Tick Talk.
Whether you believe in the Plum Island/Lyme disease connection or not, according to the CDC, over 300,000 people are diagnosed each year.
Even though I had heard of Lyme, Connecticut, and I had heard of Lyme disease, I was completely ignorant of what it can do to the human body until I contracted it.
Having Lyme disease has opened up my life to so many new discoveries about myself. One of the greatest discoveries is unlike that awful meal at your favorite restaurant or your idiotic ex-boyfriend, Lyme disease is a lasting, every changing relationship that never gives up on you!
It’s not all that dreadful–you really can benefit from having Lyme disease. Below are some of the positive losses that you can experience living with Lyme.
You can save a lot of money on hair coloring, cuts and shampoo.
Now, you really have an excuse for not sending in your child’s field trip money or why you didn’t reply to that birthday invitation!
Now, your spouse or partner can do all those mundane and annoying jobs like wash the windows and empty the cat box.
Yay! All your dreams about not dealing with unrealistic demands and crazy coworkers have come true!
You can’t eat your favorite foods, but you sure look good in those jeans that used to be too tight!
Some other benefits of Lyme disease are you always get complimented on how well you look, even if you feel awful.
You have a bon-fide reason now to stay at home in your jammies and be lazy on the couch.
You turn into a little detective, honing your research skills to find new treatments, new doctors, new protocols, and new recipes to try.
You reach out to complete strangers for answers and information, willing to try even the most obscure of methods to ease your symptoms. And some of these strangers become new friends.
You really get to know your body and how it reacts to different compounds and foods.
And you find healthier ways to keep on living.
Yours in Lyme Adventures,
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