When I Find Myself In Times Of Trouble….

My dear fellow Lymies and other I.I. Sufferers, it seems maybe itโ€™s time for me to jump on the bandwagon like so many other individuals, companies and industries, and address the present health crisis that is effecting us all; whether it be socially, economically or physically.

For those in the autoimmune disease community protecting our immune systems from exposure to viruses is nothing new. Being that we have Borellia, Erhlichia, Babesia, Bartonella… and other coinfections raging in our bodies on a regular basis weakens us to other seasonal viruses and illnesses, along with other contractable diseases like hepatitis, Epstein-Bar, mycoplasma and a host of others.

As the world is facing a pandemic of COVD-19 it is easy to be fearful. Although most people will be okay, even if they contract the virus, we know that the elderly, the immuno-compromised and others with chronic conditions are at risk. So how are we to react? And how are we to negotiate our emotional response in these uncertain times?

Firstly, I want to share this helpful article for the Lyme community regarding COVD-19:

https://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-response-to-coronavirus/

Thankfully I believe our community is already well-versed and prepared in self-care; We know how to boost our immune systems, we know what supplements help our bodies and our conditions we (hopefully most) have access to LLMD’s or LLND’s who have given us care, educated us and who we can call on for questions or advice.

For those of us not fortunate enough to have a personal doctor, whatever the reasons, we have been our own advocates and researchers, which includes strong online communities who support, educate and advise us.

There is good news.

Suddenly the world is becoming aware of cleanliness, germs and how things are spread. They are being more mindful in regards to how their actions may impact others. I hope and pray that after this present crisis is over that this will permanently change how not only individuals perceive cleanliness and infection control, but many businesses and public places will be hyper-attentive to infection control protocols in times of seasonal illnesses and on a day to day basis.

Fear is not your friend.

Friends, I am here with you; I too find myself in a people group that could be more susceptible to COVD-19. But I am choosing not to fear. Very practically speaking fear and negative emotions lower immunity and bring your cellular health down (there are studies to back this), so fear and panic are not our friends. Also when you are fearful you do not think as clearly and it is harder to have wise judgment. Secondly fear does not help you. Being more afraid is not going to change your situation, help you be more prepared, or assist your body or situation in any way, quite the opposite. Please know I am not downplaying the seriousness, or being nonchalant, I am simply saying keeping a level head and logically and methodically making plans to keep yourself safe is what will be more beneficial. Healthy concern and preparedness are your friends.

Whatever your belief system, if you have been reading my blog you know my faith and strength are in Jesus Christ. He is Who has given me the ability to get through the hardest trials and suffering in my life. And only He has had the ability to redeem lost years and lost life, and turn mourning into dancing, weeping into joy…. Now as always He is where I place my trust, and Who is giving me peace whereas I might otherwise fear.

Much love to you my community, we are in this together.

Coming Back Out Of The Dark

So the people that saw my Christmas Eve AM post may know that the last several days have been……bad; and not just “bad”, but underscored italiced bad . I had not expected to have a Christmas Eve and Christmas this emotionally miserable since 2012 (talk about bad). But sometimes life hits us unexpectedly, disappoints us, lets us down. Even when you have been doing really well spiritually and God has been providing in the midst of hardship, you can still go down hard. 

The holidays have been disappointing and difficult for so long now I can’t even recall how long it’s been, and every year we say “next year will be different”. But for most things we are still waiting. 

That said, my little bit of devastation was enough and the enemy moved in and attacked with everything he had and I did succumb for a little while. But I have learned from far too much experience how to remove daggers, and thankfully the process grows shorter as the years go on. God is good and He is not leaving me alone in my misery and He is pulling me back out again. I am also blessed to have friends that won’t leave me alone either and speak truth into my life.

Yesterday was better than the day before, and so is today, and to further emerge from darkness I (finally!) will see The Force Awakens with my aunt. 
Let us pray for no sneak attacks on the 31st, which has never been a good day for me ๐Ÿ˜œ