This was written originally on November 9, 2011, but got lost in my blog somehow. Here were my thoughts on my one year anniversary with my Lyme diagnosis.
Today (10/9/11) marks my one-year anniversary of getting a diagnosis and starting my treatment. I was so scared of never knowing what was wrong with my body for 8+ years and November 9, 2010 I was given an answer to my problems. Now one year later, I am still very sick, but I am getting better. I am now educated on Lyme and my Lyme treatment. When I first heard the words “Lyme disease” come out of my doctor’s mouth, my first thought was I got sick from lime build-up in the shower! Boy was I wrong.
67 different medications have been used in my treatment this year. I’ve tried to raise awareness in my hometown about Lyme disease and I’ve made multiple friends/acquaintances with others who have Lyme disease. I cannot believe how many other people have it in Northern Nevada…but, alas, the CDC says it doesn’t exist in Nevada. (Watch the documentary Under Our Skin to understand more about this.)
I haven’t worked in a year and I am still living withmy parents to have many people watching out for me. I did recently start driving very small distances in town (25 mph or less), which is a huge improvement. My back sensitivity has partially improved and I am so excited! Today I had my usual counseling session and Karen gently encouraged me to not lose hope and to rest in my salvation.
Here are some Bible verses that really help me when I’m not doing well:
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
James 1:2-4 (The Message translation) Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well developed, not deficient in any way.
Romans 15:13 May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong, be courageous, all you that hope in the Lord.
Luke 22: 42-43 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
Psalm 103:2-5 “Praise the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” Psalm 103:2-5
Though this was written about a 1.5 years ago I still feel very much the same way.