Dedicated to Chris Teodosio, my loving husband, and Allison, Dave, Emily and Maddie Beggs
Well, it’s been about a year and a half since I came down with Lyme and embarked on my adventures. And what a year and a half it has been!
I went from being an energetic, functioning Mom, wife, and Kindergarten teacher, to a bed-ridden one, who was out of work for six months.
I became my own best advocate, needing and finding treatments outside of the regular medical field. I slowly found my stamina and drive come back over many months, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t recognize that I wouldn’t be in this healthy place if it weren’t for my husband. Through a series of connections, he led me to my ‘woo woo’ guy in New York, who has really helped me get my life back.
It was not easy to think “outside the Western Medical box” and go the naturopathic route. It took a huge leap of faith for me to do so, but I had gotten to the point in my illness that I really didn’t have much more to lose, other than more of my health and livelihood.
And that just wasn’t an option for me.
My biggest struggle with this illness has been the impact of a no sugar, no wheat, no carbs–basically, a “no fun food” diet. I have been very faithful to what I call my “kale, meat and green tea” diet. Healthy, but not always embraced in our carb-laden society. Nor what my taste buds really wanted to enjoy, either!
But I think my diligence with the diet and the supplements is starting to pay off a bit.
I just recently started eating my favorite summer lunch: mini mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and almonds—topped with dressing made with Apple Cider Vinegar, olive oil, and seasonings.
I’m also drinking more flavored teas (I live on the edge–I brew 3 green tea bags and 1 ginger together for a full pitcher of tea.) This past weekend, I tried a seltzer with orange flavor after having worked in the yard pretty much all day. It was both refreshing to be outside that long AND drink the seltzer without pain! YIPPEE!
But this kismet hasn’t been without the constant support of my family and friends.
My sister posted an adorable picture of her daughters doing the Lyme disease challenge in my honor today. Her caption was, “A little late and a continent away, but we did it for you!”
It made my heart swell and made me a little teary.
Because it’s never too late to show your love and support for anyone.
I realize how fortunate I am that I have experienced so much support from the start of my diagnosis so long ago. Family members would reach out, some of them daily, and my co-workers and students were so generous with their own time and gifts as well. I still look at the cards and mementos that I received from time to time; it seems so surreal that I was out of the classroom for so long, and for something that I didn’t even realize I had, until my symptoms became impossible to ignore.
When I went back to work this past fall, my colleagues would often ask how I was feeling. It doesn’t seem like much, but those little interactions often got me through some rough days. Days that had nothing to do with my Lyme, but rough nonetheless. It showed that people really did care and were thoughtful enough to ask.
And even though I am much better, people still ask about my health and share all kinds of information with me about Lyme, just in case I missed something new that has popped up in the news on Lyme research.
My sister’s photo of my nieces biting into slices of lime is yet another reminder to me of how even the smallest action, like a card or email or photo, can really boost someone’s spirit.
So, thank you for thinking of me.
And think about how you can support those closest to you.
Love is free…so give it freely!
Yours in Lyme Adventures,