In 2004, I was in a cheerleading accident at the age of 14 (yes, I know...lame, huh?). After the accident I had physical pain all the time ranging from neck pain, back pain, migraines, fatigue, vision problems, food allergies, stomach issues, nerve pain, brain fog, depression, anxiety, thyroid problems, and many other weird symptoms along with surgeries. I always felt like the old lady of the group and wondered if this is how a normal teenager was supposed to feel. I went to doctor after doctor. No one could really give me a firm answer to what was wrong with me. Talk of Rheumatoid Arthitis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Cancer and other things were tossed around, but nothing concrete. I kept my pain inside, hoping not to be a burden to anyone. As the years went by, the symptoms became stranger and more annoying. Blood test after blood test and I was told everything looked normal. It was then I decided that I would give up on the medical community, until a coworker pushed me to go see a new doctor. I made the decision to see a new doctor this one last time, not really expecting to find out anything new. To my surprise, I did. The doctor visited with me a couple of hours, going through my medical history. She kept asking me if I had been camping out of state and other questions dealing with the outdoors. You see, she studied in New Jersey and knew about Lyme Disease. She was onto something. She tested me for all sorts of things and it turned out I tested positive for Lyme Disease and Sjogren's. I was then sent to another doctor to find out if one was a false positive. I was hoping the Lyme Disease was a false positive, but he confirmed that I hadLyme Disease and the Sjogren's was a false positive. Shux. My world came crashing down, because I knew how serious this disease was because I had seen first hand what it had done to my friend. The doctor acted like it was no big deal and that I would be cured within a month of antibiotics. Wrong. It's been a year and I'm still not cured. When a bacteria has been embedded in your tissues and organs, one month of antibiotics is not going to cure or put you into remission.
During this past year of treatment, I have felt like I've been on a wild rollercoaster holding on for dear life. The first few months I was angry, in denial, and far from God. After God shook me, I realized that I had made a big mistake turning my back on Him and all of His promises. So I gave it all up to Him and trusted that my life would not be like this forever. Since then God has revealed so much to me. My love and faith in Him has only grown deeper. He has renewed and transformed me through my healing. Of course, I'm not perfect and God is still working on me and will continue to work on me.
Although it's been a scary ride, I am thankful for the revelation He has given me. It is because of this time in my life that I want to share with you that God can make all things new. He does turn the bad into good. He can change us from chrysalis' to butterflies.
A few facts about me:
- I'm a college graduate with a Communication Studies degree, still trying to figure out what God wants me to do with my life.
- I like trying new things & open to a challenge.
- I'm blessed with the best, supportive family. I thank God for them everyday. My friends are pretty rockin too ;)
- I love my poodle, Lola Bell (she has Lyme Disease too. She's never been out of Texas either...hmm and they say Lyme doesn't exist in Texas...think again).
- I live a gluten free, sugar free (on my good days) life.
- I love riding in my truck with the windows down, wind blowing in my hair (best feeling ever!).
- I don't know what I would do without my heating pad and blanket (yep-life of a Lymie).
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