I am asking for your help, yes you!

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In a little less than 3 hours we begin the month of May, which is also Lyme disease awareness month. Will you please help me in sharing/reading/liking this post, and others to come?

I have only been specifically blogging about Lyme for a matter of weeks, but so many of you know about the years of undiagnosed suffering, and how completely debilitating this much  misunderstood disease can be. I am also finding SO many other people on this same site writing about their battles with Lyme, and the suffering they are experiencing.

During this month as I post specifically about certain symptoms, FAQ’s, scientific facts and other information, I will ask if you if you are so inclined to shout out to me….re-post….whatever you feel is appropriate. And for those precious people I have known over the years that think I disappeared off the face of the earth, I am sorry…because you are right, I think I did. Maybe this will help in understanding why.

Love,

Jennifer

Down And Dirty

Down And Dirty

The ugly side of using your skin as a detox pathway, at least I know the sauna treatments are working. Although it isn’t permanent (yet) I do notice a reduction of inflammation in my face right after a sauna session. I also feel “lighter”. Hopefully the skin clears up eventually. I am using proactive and manuka oil.

Okay, not strictly Lyme related, but…..

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This is not really directly Lyme related, but it is completely relevant to the care of our bodies which for any Lymie is highly relevant. Our immune systems are so overtaxed, most of us are on super strict diets, and are also dealing with things like candida, SIBO, Leaky Gut, and other illnesses. Over the years nutrition and diet have become a passion of mine.

Here is my quick comment on this article:

“Amen, and wow! I could not agree more. I think that as Americans and as American Christians we can be blind to the fact that we are born into a gluttonous society, and it is our responsibility to “wake up”. God has called us to take care of our bodies, and if we knowingly eat junk that we know causes us harm it IS sinful. Yes that is harsh but it is true. Especially when the “food” we are surrounded with and/or have grown up with our whole lives is so far removed from what God intended us to put in our bodies, full of chemicals and additives that our bodies were simply not made to consume, it is our responsibility to do better for ourselves then poison our cells. And we wonder why there is so much cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart problems, and other illnesses in our “advanced” western society….we are killing ourselves folks, we are killing ourselves. Make a choice not to be blind, and walk in obedience with God in feeding your temple.”

And here is your link:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/socially-acceptable-sin

Silver Linings

Wow, amazingly written and so true. I have just come to the point in my fight over the last several months where I am coming alive again. Partly because of acceptance of my situation, and partly just because I am a little better with mental clarity and energy then I was. It is a little empowering to start taking part of your own care, and doing everything you can do to feel better, rather than spending years feeling like a hopeless victim. Here is to empowerment.

Nightmare Logic

Today’s post has been quite tricky…. I hadn’t expected the response I received to yesterday’s Lyme post and just feel a related, positive follow up is what should be done.

So, what are the silver linings to my own long and arduous storm clouds?

Music just sorts it all out: Another Lymie wrote a great post (sorry I can’t recall who!) about how heavy metal music made her feel better….I wholeheartedly agree, it is great for anger and stress relief! Muse Uprising is a good shouty fighting tune, a selection of the rest of my personal medicinal tunes are listed at the end of the post… I did a lot of angry shout singing and “letting it all out” – wonderful therapy….and gets the oxygen flowing and the heat up!!

Perspective: on life in general, what life is about, what is important, what should be ignored, what is real and…

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An Uttering That Came From Suffering

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Sometimes when going through the hardest times my emotions bleed through words…

Apart

The world is so far away, so distant as it laughs at me with it’s colors and lights

It has always been so far away, the fullness of life has never been real for me

What if life never happens?

What if I spend my days waiting for a beginning that never comes?

What if I am never free?

It would seem I am a world apart, there is a void between it and me

It would seem that my path is different than most

It would seem perhaps I am set apart for Thee

 

The anguish must come to an end, because I can bear no more

The burden of pain and loneliness and disappointment has broken me

Have I come to expect too much from life?

Am I wrong to long for my hopes and dreams?

Perhaps I have sought wrongly?

It would seem I am so far apart, my existence is not what it ought to be

It would seem that life has passed me by

It would seem instead I am set apart for Thee

 

I need to see with different eyes;

As the haze lifts, instead of a prison cell, I see I am in His hiding place

I have been hidden from the horror of the dawn so long,

Lest if shed light on the truth of my empty wasted years…

And reveal the cracks in my skin, and the hollow echo of what could have been

Maybe I should let the sun hit my face and warm my skin?

Maybe He has been waiting for me?

It would seem that He has prepared a different path, a different journey

It would seem perhaps I am not apart, but set apart for Thee