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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Excuse Me.......I Have What?

For years I have been suffering with joint pain throughout my body.  I thought it was probably from  all the weight I had gained over the years, or perhaps arthritis, or maybe even fibromyalgia.  I have siblings that have fibro, as well as cousins, an aunt, and even a close friend.  I have heard that it can be brought on by a traumatic event, which in my case, was falling off the front porch like I had done back in 2007.  There were many times my body would hurt so bad, like you do when you have the flu, but I never ran a fever.  I would have days where my skin, my hair, and even my eye brows would hurt.  I know, sounds strange, but that's how I felt.  Skippy would hug me and it was painful.  The cats would come up to snuggle and I would wince when they walk on me.

Back in January, I had gotten on the scale and fell apart. I couldn't believe I had gained that much weight.   At that point, I just didn't care anymore.  I thought, what's the use, nothing seems to work, I'm going to be like this for the rest of my life.  But then I started feeling pressure in my neck and that worried me.  Back in 2001, my mom had to have her carotid arteries cleaned out.  She later died in 2004 from heart problems.  I didn't need another sign to tell me it was time to go see the doctor. 

After a series of blood tests, my doctor called with the results.  I was told I once had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but amazingly, my body was able to fight off.  However, my vitamin D was at critical levels and they found that I had sky high traces of Lyme........I had Lyme Disease.  I have WHAT?   Never did Lyme Disease come into my thoughts.  My sister C has had it for about three years now, and I didn't have any of the symptoms she did.  She was so sick she could barely get out of bed, and that wasn't how I was.  I was extremely tired all the time and in pain, but was still able to function.

On my first visit to the doctors after my diagnosis, I was put on two antibiotics, mega doses of vitamin D, and a ton of other vitamins.  I was told to stay away from sugar, processed carbs, and meat.  Are you kidding me?  I am a carb freak.  Fresh bread, pasta, pizza, potatoes, rice, etc., that was my way of life.  Those were things that were the cheapest to buy to feed my family as well.   WHAT AN EYE OPENER!

I asked the doctor what sugar, carbs, and meat had to do with anything.  She told me that those are just three simple things that I can remove from my diet that will help alleviate some of the pain because they can cause inflammation in your joints.  Let's face it, with Lyme Disease, you don't need any extra help in the joint pain department!  LOL 

How am I going to do this, I thought to myself.  It was then that I prayed to God, asking for His help.  I knew I couldn't do it on my own.  I know my family was going to be supportive, but I needed more than that.  I needed to give it all to Him in order to win this battle that was put before me.

Since that day in February, I quit sugar, carbs, and meat, only allowing myself those treats on special occasions or when I don't have anything else available for me to eat.  I knew if I tried to wean myself off, it wouldn't work, so cold turkey was the way I needed to go.   My outlook on food and life has done a complete 360 degree turn.  I am now eating healthy, exercising, and lifting weights.  I have so much more energy now than I have in years.  I am happy to say that as of this morning, I have lost 47.2 pounds and am THRILLED! 

When people learn that I have Lyme, they tell me how sorry they are.  Don't be sorry for me, it could have been so much worse.  I thank God that it IS Lyme Disease.  It has turned out to be best news I could have gotten.  I will continue on this journey with God and my family right by my side.  I will praise my Lord through my storm and I will not quit until the weight is gone and I am free of Lyme Disease!

I praise You, Father, and give you all the glory!

This is me 12 1/2 pounds ago.  I can't tell you how much better I feel!   


happy momma said...

Laura, glad to read you are doing so well. I've had some of the same symptoms for years and the doctors have told me it's arthritis, then they say no it's not, now they are saying they think it's fibro. All I know is it hurts and as you say I stay soooo tired. Not sure what to think it is. I won't take the meds that they gave to me for fibro, way to many side affects. I have changed the way I eat and no soft drinks. I'm taking herbal supplements and just trying to be careful about what goes in my body. I've lost 20 pounds and am starting to feel better most days. I'll keep praying and asking God for direction and move forward. After all He is the designer and He knows all. I'll keep you in my prayers also. God Bless

Stephanie said...

Glad to hear they found the Lyme disease. I have heard stories of people never getting tested, and they suffer for years.
Congrats on the weight loss! Just an added bonus :) I need to do the same as far as losing...mostly cut out candy, and eat more. I actually don't eat enough to let my body loose lol.

chili pepper said...

This is such a huge blessing for me. I know you have struggled with this for some time and it is wonderful to see how it has turned out good for you since February. We have several friends who have been diagnosed with long term Lyme's and they are also reporting huge AHA moments. One friend, it is speculated, has had it since she was a teenager. She is not in her 40's!

Praising God for your healing and praying for continued improvement.

Love to you dear friend,


Debby@Just Breathe said...

Well that was a shocker! I am so happy you are doing better. That is a wonderful weight loss. I am doing low carb and low sugar. I have lost 30 pounds. The truth is, the less carbs you eat the less you desire them. I don't miss them at all. I too am eating healthy. I even started swimming. I am so thankful that the doctor figured out what you had. ((HUGS))

Kerin said...

wow.. what a journey you have been on!
I am so happy for you that you found a diagnosis, and a way to cope with Lyme, and that you feel so much better now!!
You look great too!!
You are an inspiration.

May you continue to have success and feel better, and better.


Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

What a great attitude! And you look fantastic!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Praise God for his mercy to you, and I'm so proud of you for making those hard changes, Laura. You are admirable. So happy you're feeling better, too!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I am impressed! Great job, Laura!

So, you are not eating sugar, carbohydrates, or meat.

What ARE you eating? :) Is there anything left?

When you say that you are not eating sugar, that does not include fruits, does it?

Do you get to eat nuts?

I wish the best for you, dear Laura.