Fun Girlie Lyme Tip :-)

Hey Ya’ll!¬†

So I thought I’d do just a FUN post today about nails! ūüėČ ¬†What girl doesn’t like her nails super pretty?! ¬† ¬† I’m definitely no exception and after doing my nails yesterday I thought I should do a blogpost about them. ūüėÄ ¬†So, if you like girlie things like me, continue reading. ¬†If girlie things bore you, then feel free to skip this post. ūüėČ

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Once a Ballerina….always a Ballerina. ūüėČ ¬†Hence, the ballet slipper nails.¬†

¬†“I don’t ever remember seeing you without your nails painted!” my friend Heather who I’ve known since I was 5 years old told me on a RARE¬†nails-not-done-kinda-day. ¬†So, with that background in mind you can imagine how awful it was for me when my weekend tradition of painting my nails had to be placed on hold because the Lyme Disease was causing lots of pretty major chemical sensitives and yes, nail polish was one of them. ¬†It was during one of my really bad lyme flare ups about 2 years ago when I googled “non-toxic nail polish” to see if there were any other options out there. ¬†Up until then nail polish had always been fine, but then I started reacting to the fumes and having mini “lyme attack/seizures” when I tried to paint my nails. ¬†I found the Jamberry website and LOVED all the super cute nail ¬†stickers, but I especially loved them because there were no bad chemical fumes that came in addition to the cuteness. At the time, all of our extra money was going towards my medical treatments so I decided to just put Jamberry nails in the back of my mind for a Christmas or Birthday wish-list. ¬†About 2 weeks later I got an e-mail for a super sweet out of state friend, Mollie asking if she could mail me some Jamberry nail stickers as a gift. ¬†It touched my heart SO much! ¬†Here she was, not knowing me very well since we had only met maybe twice, and yet she was sending me a gift that I had secretly been wanting. ¬†I TOTALLY felt God’s love for me – in the fact that He created me as a girl who loves to be girlie and even though I was at that point too sick to walk or barely sit up and too sick to handle the fumes from nail polish, He was going to send me nail stickers through Mollie so I could still enjoy having pretty nails. ūüėČ ¬†It might sound silly to some of you….but to me it was yet another reminder that HE CARES about everything that matter to us, from the smallest thing to the largest thing. ‚̧ ¬†It’s well over two years later and I still love Jamberry nails. ¬†My body is in a MUCH stronger and healthier state now so I’m back to using my regular nail polish most of the time but I still love to switch up my nail looks with Jamberry from time to time. ūüôā

SO, why am I sharing all of this on my blog?? ¬†Because I know a lot of people read this that are struggling with lyme disease or other chronic illnesses and many times nail polish, like it was for me, is too strong of a chemical smell for people to handle. Well, Jamberry can fix that! ūüėČ ¬†Here’s for you girls needing something safe and healthy for your nails….and for the family or friends of a girl who is fighting a chronic illness. ¬†Definitely a great gift! ‚̧ ¬†(If you’re interested you can look up a consultant in your area by going to www.jamberry.com¬†)

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These ballet slipper Jamberry nails were given to me by my dear friends, Heather & Gina….thank you, girls! ¬†(PC: Adam DeMass – www.artthunder.com)¬†

Alright dear ones, ¬†hope you have a beautiful day in HIS love and may His sufficient grace wash over you every moment. ‚̧ ¬†Thank you for your love, encouragement and prayers!!! ¬†You are all so treasured by me.

“…No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” ~Psalms 84:11¬†

Love,

Monica

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MUST READ ARTICLE ON LYME BY BRETT HARRIS

Hello Everyone,

This article is one of the BEST I’ve ever read on Lyme Disease.¬† I believe every person in America needs to read this article to be aware of the dangers of Lyme and how to protect yourself and your family from it.¬† Please read and share with as many people as you can.¬† PLEASE also pray for the HEALING of Ana Harris from Lyme…who is the inspiration behind the article. ‚̧

Thanks so much!

~Monica

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE

 

A little Glimpse into the Lyme Fight…

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A little glimpse into the Lyme Fight: One of the first things I do every morning is get out my 6 little *PINK* (of course!!! LOL.) cups and divide out my Reliv for the day. (I take a shake about every 2-3 hours) It’s SO much easier to do it all at once in the morning and throw the pink cups in my purse if I’m going somewhere than it is to lug around 8 large cans all day…which is what I used to do. haha!! I TRULY believe that my 6 Reliv shakes a day is one of the things God used to **keep me alive** and pull me out of my super bad episode last Fall….I’m not kidding. This is just one of the MANY things I’m doing each day to recover from Lyme and thought you guys might like to see a glimpse. They are ULTRA specific nutrition that is able to work and heal on a deep cellular level. Because my muscles, heart, nervous system, mitochondria etc was/is pretty weak & damaged from the Lyme Disease I’m taking these shakes to help REBUILD and RESTORE my body. And IT’S WORKING!!!!!! If I miss a shake or for whatever reason miss a day (which has only happened like once…never again)….I can feel it MAJORLY in my joints, muscles & energy levels & it can take days to get back up again. These shakes are also helping to make my body stronger to enable my immune system in fighting the Lyme & so I can more easily go through the Lyme Treatments to kill Lyme. I can’t tell you how GRATEFUL I am go the Lord for providing Reliv….for sending me Lisa Cooper to spend countless hours with me figuring out dosages of Reliv and what shakes my body needs and for the MANY, MANY, people who are supporting me in prayers & financial support. THANK YOU!!!! I couldn’t do this without you guys. A lot of you have been asking how I’m feeling lately….and the answer to that is….SO MUCH BETTER!!! Thank You, Jesus!!!!! I’m on the last week of my “90 Day Fight Lyme Schedule” and although I’m still far from being “Lyme Free” I’m SOOOOOO much closer and over a HUMP that was hard to get over. I’m still walking a tight rope to recovery and some days feel more shaky than others….it’s still critical that I continue fighting hard until I’m fully recovered….but with all the progress I’ve made in the past 90 days I believe the healing is right around the corner. Fighting Lyme is like 2 full time jobs (analogy from my Dr)….it takes A LOT of time, diligence, persistence & patience. Right now on most days I’m able to be up and around for 1/2 the day….and then the other 1/2 of the day I’m in bed sleeping (Dr says I need to sleep as much as I can :-P) or just resting. My energy usually doesn’t allow for a full day of being up and around. But I’m SUPER grateful for the 1/2 day of energy that I am able to do things!!! I’m amazed at God’s GOODNESS, GRACE, LOVE, HEALING & provision in my life. Thank you to each of you your for your continued encouragement, prayers and support! Love you all! If you guys “like” this I’ll post more little “glimpses” into my daily routine to fight Lyme. God’s richest blessings on all of you!!! I covet ALL your prayers for continued healing and perseverance in this fight and for God to be glorified through every moment.

Love Always, Monica – the Pink Lyme Fighter Girl with the promise of HIS healing on her side.

Happy Thursday Night!

Hey Everybody!Just wanted to do a quick update from COLD SNOWY MI! ūüôā Hope you all are staying warm!¬† I wasn’t able to make it out to Grand Rapids today, as has been my schedule the past 2 months…but that didn’t stop me from 5+ hours ( whew! ) of Lyme Treatment today!¬† I’ve been doing a new routine using the PFG2 treatment protocol through the Born Clinic here at home for the past week now.¬† It specifically is able to target the Lyme Cells and helps break down Biofilm which is a HUGE piece to recovery from Lyme. (Biofilm is a thick layer of protection around lyme cells that is resistant to most medications) I’m not feeling a ton different yet but it’s a treatment that has been very successful in treating other very serious cases of Lyme Disease that my clinic has seen and I’m confidant as the weeks go on it will help me as well.¬† This treatment protocol is a big time commitment, but I’m willing to do whatever I need to do to get better.¬† Please pray for continued endurance, faithfulness and perseverance as I keep taking this journey one day at a time.

Stay Warm and drink lots of HOT cocoa! ūüėČ

Love you all!

~Monica

Katie Couric Show on Lyme Disease

Earlier this week Katie Couric had a show on Lyme Disease.¬† It was very interesting and very informative especially since there were 2 different Lyme Treating Doctors with very contrasting views regarding treatments.¬† I know for a fact that the 2-3 week antibiotic route to kill Lyme Disease DID NOT work for me and neither did the 2-3 month route of long-term antibiotics.¬†¬† With that said, I was much more interested in what Dr. Richard Horowitz said on the show…especially since he had a few patients he has helped with such similar stories to mine.¬† Maybe he’s the Lyme Doctor I’ve been praying for and need to go see….?¬† ¬† Finding and seeing a new out of state Lyme Literate Doctor (LLMD) is going to be the next step for me…so I am currently doing as much research as I can regarding all my different options.¬† Right now I’m gathering phone numbers for different clinics and will start making calls on Monday. ūüôā

Here’s the clip from Katie Couric’s Show.¬† I wish there was a way to watch the entire 30 min section on Lyme…but I’m grateful they have at least this clip up! ūüôā

http://katiecouric.com/videos/chronic-lyme-disease-does-it-exist/

I was so excited about walking yesterday…that I think I did a little too much walking. :-/¬† Because today I can still walk, but it’s MUCH harder than yesterday.¬† But thanking Jesus that I am one day closer to a FULL recovery. ūüôā

Love,

Monica

Preparing for Lyme Disease Treatment?

This is a good, honest article for those preparing for Lyme Disease Treatment.¬† Just remember…this is a VERY REAL battle…a VERY REAL fight…and it is COMPLETELY 100% winnable!! ūüôā¬† But you have to keep fighting and never give up. Even on the days when you want too…just keep putting one foot in front of the other…and never let Lyme Disease win.

This link to this article can be found here: www.tiredoflyme.com/so-you-have-chronic-lyme-disease-a-guide-to-preparing-for-treatment.html#.UZe88MqB6yM 

www.tiredoflyme.com provides a lot of helpful information for those with Lyme Disease.

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A Guide to preparing for treatment

So you just found out, or reasonably determined, that you have Chronic Lyme Disease. ¬†Getting to this reasonable conclusion probably wasn’t a walk in the park. ¬†You’ve probably seen many doctors, more than you can count on both hands; possibly even your feet. ¬†You’ve probably had to leave your job, possibly even many times simply because you don’t have the physical ability to perform your duty. ¬†You’ve probably had to leave school because you’re incapable of meeting the mental demands required of you. ¬† And it’s all come to this moment. ¬†The moment before you¬†initiate the treatment protocol that will put both you and your life on the road to recovery.
The journey itself won’t be easy. ¬†You’ll find that not only will your physically body be challenged through this endeavor, but greatly will be your mind. ¬†You’ll discover, but over come with persistence, some of the most physically debilitating¬†states your body has ever been through. ¬†Your mind will dwell into the darkest states, and likely even scare you to the point where you question your own identity. ¬†This is Chronic Lyme Disease. ¬†This is your fight. ¬†This is the battle that which many have fought and continue to fight day in and day out for the sake of restoring a life so¬†desired. ¬†A life that could have never been thought to be the victim of such an oppressive force. ¬†And a stark reminder that there are greater existences out there than who we are. ¬†This is Chronic Lyme Disease.
We humans fear the unknown, and there exists nothing more unknown at the moment than what is to become of you during this course of treatment for your Chronic Lyme Disease. ¬†This guide will aim to lessen that fear, and generate an understanding that will not only help you prepare for what’s to come, but how to deal with it. ¬†Welcome to the treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease.

1. Treatment will take time

Lyme Disease itself consists of a spirochetal bacteria that is highly evolved. ¬†When we say evolved, we mean that it goes to great lengths to resist your¬†resistance¬† ¬†The bacteria itself employs many tactics to hide from both the immune¬†system¬†and antibiotics. ¬†Now consider the amount of time you’ve been sick for, and also that the bacteria has a reproduction cycle¬†roughly¬†every 29 days; the total load of bacteria in your body is grand. ¬†Not to mention the addition of the herxheimer reaction, which in an essence, controls the rate at which you’re allowed to kill the bacteria coursing through your blood stream. ¬†If you kill too much, you could end up seriously hurting your body, even death, and if you kill too little, than your efforts will likely be in vain.All in in all, an¬†appropriate¬†and effective treatment protocol will put a Chronic Lyme infection into remission in about a year. ¬†Some take a little more time, and some take a little less. ¬†It’s important that you acknowledge that the war you intend to wage will not be won over night.

2. You’ll have to change your diet

If you want your body to perform to the best of its ability during this fight, you’re going to have to change your diet. ¬†Lyme Disease causes the body to enter a chronic inflammatory state, and being in a chronic state of inflammation causes damage to the body itself. ¬†If this infection would take less than a week to get over, than the inflammation would be welcomed, but because it’s not going to take a week, you need to keep your body’s inflammatory response under control. ¬†We do this through the necessary, and just as important as¬†medicine, role of diet.
It should be self-evident that you’ll need to consume a diet that reduces inflammation within the body. ¬†This means no gluten, no dairy, and to keep not only the Lyme bacteria, but¬†coinfections as well, especially candida, from being well fed, no sugar.

3. Relationships will suffer

In order to maintain a relationship, we human beings need to be present in the face of those we have related with. ¬†Unfortunately Lyme Disease doesn’t allow for that. ¬†Your physical and mental state will, at many times, keep you from visiting friends, family (i.e., create the undesired grounds for¬†estrangement),¬† and will likely place an added burden on the relationships you encounter everyday such a marriage, lovers, or immediate family.At first you’ll likely feel that you won’t be able to tackle Lyme Disease alone, but then you may come to realize that isolation may nearly be all you come to know. ¬†Through this reality, we learn that while the presence of a friend or family member is extremely helpful during a trying time, fundamentally they’re not required to triumph the infection coursing through your veins. ¬†Friends and family will be there when you’re better, and if they’re not, you’ll at least have the ability to attempt to make¬†amends, all thanks to your efforts and innate desire to beat Lyme Disease.

4. Treatment will be the worst

It’s important to be aware that one of the reasons many people don’t get better from Lyme Disease is because of the raw, and unbearable nature of treatment. ¬†They later come to find that treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease is actually much worse than not treating at all. ¬†The reason is because of the herxheimer reaction, in which symptoms greatly become exacerbated due to the endotoxins dead spirochetes release into the body. ¬†Despite this cold reality, not treating at all will in time likely lead to further deterioration of the human body, and death could be imminent; eventually, and further passing the undesired raw nature of treatment on the scale¬†suffrage.
You will have good days, and you will have bad days. ¬†In the beginning, the bad days will reign supreme, but as treatment progresses, you’ll notice that the good days are being restored. ¬†Lyme Disease treatment has been described as a roll coaster ride in that the ups and down are ever present. ¬†This constant¬†fluctuation¬†of your own physical and mental state can really mess with your head, but just remember that though it may be a roller coaster ride, it will eventually¬†plateau¬†and come to a desired ending.

5. Construct a detox protocol

Just as equally important as an effective treatment protocol, an effective detox protocol will be your direct response to reducing a herxheimer reaction. ¬†Many people are stuck in the mindset that the only effort on their part to heal from Chronic Lyme Disease is to take their medicine. ¬†Bad conception! ¬†Unfortunately Lyme Disease isn’t your average joe bacteria in which one round of antibiotics¬†annihilates¬†it without a reaction resulting from their death (i.e., a herxheimer reaction). ¬†This is Lyme Disease, and the bacteria that you’re dealing with will make it well known that it has died. ¬†It does so by manifesting probably one of the worst feelings your physical and mental attributes have ever endured. ¬†Detoxing will be your greatest defense in reducing a herxheimer reaction.

6. Aspirations will be placed on hold

You may be planning to see a son or daughter graduate from college next month, or you might actually be the son or daughter attempting to reach graduation. ¬†Regardless of who you are, or what aspirations or goals you intended to accomplish in life, they’re going to have to be put on the back burner. ¬†Your ailing physical body needs your utmost attention in order to address its¬†exponentially¬†worsening state. ¬†By ignoring it, you risk further allowing the bacteria to literally destroy your body, and making treatment that much more difficult. ¬†It may not be apparent because both of your arms are still attached, but your body, whether you’re aware of it or not, has gone into survival mode in attempt to ward off the threatening nature of the Lyme bacteria. ¬†Give it the resources it needs. ¬†Don’t deny it.Aspirations are great because they give purpose to our lives, and their outcomes likely make our lives more¬†convenient¬†in the end, but they’re not required for survival. ¬†Again, they’re not required for survival. ¬†You’ve be handed a new purpose that which you’ll find the outcome to be one that will literally save your life. ¬†You need to beat the infection that has become so odious to your way of life. ¬†You’ll be called back when it’s time.

7. You’ll question your circumstances, possibly many times overs

Being in such a physically inactive state because of Lyme Disease will force you to use your mind more. ¬†It’s the next best thing to playing volley ball, or grocery shopping – tasks that don’t really require, or create circumstances therefore, that warrant complex thought. ¬†There is no denying the intense impact Lyme Disease has on a person’s life, and it’s in our blood to wonder why. ¬†You’ll attempt to reason how your circumstances came to be; how your life could have slipped away right under nose; how everything you love and loved to do could have been removed from your life at such a ferocious speed, without even the slightest warning or consent on your part. ¬†You may attempt to find blame, fault for what you have become, for now at least. ¬†Lyme Disease breeds a brain of ever present dissonance.So you thought long and hard about your ordeal, and found the one rightfully deserving of the blame. ¬†That’s fine, but does granting blame in any way help the dire situation at hand? ¬†No. ¬†And even if the one you designate to carry the blame is rightfully deserving of it, could it ever have served as a preventative cause? ¬†Highly unlikely because the compulsion, dedication, and resources required to lead a life completely on guard for the presence of a disease that you had yet to become fearful of, would be life destroying on its own. ¬†At the end of the day, you can’t deny that you’re human. ¬†Principally you’re a biological organism that is just as¬†susceptible¬†to the plagues of the world as every other creature is. ¬†That is the¬†consonance you can and should be absolutely content with.

8. At times you’ll feel worthless

You already understand that Lyme Disease forces you to leave being, or temporarily ignore, the purposes we’ve self-derived. ¬†And it may not occur¬†immediately,¬† but there may come a point during treatment where you’re lying in your bed, starting at your ceiling, wondering what purpose your existence serves. ¬†How could you be of any benefit to your fellow man? ¬†Well, let us set one thing straight and that is nearly all the demands required of us, are demands we placed upon ourselves. ¬†So, in a sense, we are pressuring ourselves; no one else is responsible for the stress we endure. ¬†If you stand back from the human perspective, and¬†perceive¬†life through the lens that which nature intended, you’ll be greeted with the principle understanding of purpose being survival and nothing more. ¬†Everything else is not only man made, it’s secondary.
But, we can’t deny that it’s in our blood to create purpose in everything we do. ¬†We need that drive to feel we are of worth. ¬†The truest purpose in life that all human beings can be in accordance with is the ever present pursuit of happiness. ¬†We’re hedonistic creatures in that everything we do is to expose ourselves to pleasure, rather than pain. ¬†In everything we do, everything, we attempt to find happiness, and desire to prolong it to its greatest extent. ¬†So based on this logic, an attempt to¬†eradicate¬†Lyme Disease is an attempt to remove pain from your life; an attempt to restore happiness; a purpose. ¬†It’s a purpose.

9. Giving up will appear appealing

In the beginning stages of treatment, you’ll be filled such zeal and eagerness to move beyond Lyme Disease. ¬†This passion however will dissipate as treatment¬†progresses and the hardcore truth of enduring Lyme Disease treatment becomes obvious. ¬†You’ll find that you will enter a serious mental game, in that much of enduring Lyme Disease treatment rests within the mind. ¬†The ever presence of both extremely debilitating physical and mental symptoms can really have an affect on a person’s perception of treatment. ¬†The sheer understanding that you willingly subjected yourself to this unbearable torture (i.e., treatment), but also that without doing so, you will likely not have increased your chances for overcoming Lyme Disease.The decision to stop treatment can be made in no time at all, but the willingness to¬†continuously¬†engage will likely be the most difficult, but crucial decision you’ve ever made. ¬†And you may find yourself making that decision time and time again throughout the course of treatment. ¬†This is the mental game that is Lyme Disease.

10. will is the required defense

Free will. ¬†It’s defined as “the ability to act at one’s own discretion”. ¬†¬†Without your will, your chances of defending yourself from the monstrous bacteria drop to nearly nothing. ¬†It becomes apparent that unless you¬†willingly¬†engage in this war with such a menacing evil, ¬†the light of what is beautiful may never be known again. ¬†You understand¬†completely¬†that the daunting task at hand requires your absolute will in order to subdue the enemy, and reclaim the life that has been lost for just a little too long.You’ve chosen to accept that you have Chronic Lyme Disease. ¬†You’ve chosen to subject yourself to a treatment protocol in order to vanquish the unrelenting force known as Lyme Disease. ¬†You did all of this because you were willing, and because of your will, you’ve establish a new and greater defense for your life. ¬†You are the one that willingly chose to pursue the education needed to make an informed and life saving decision. ¬†Because of your will, you have made it known to yourself, and possibly those around you, that you will not go quietly into the night, and that you will take this stand¬†against¬†a¬†formidable¬†opponent regardless of the ever challenging odds; that you will preserve the treasurous life that has become the only existence you’ve ever known.

This is your treatment.  This is your calling.  This is completely within your realm of capability.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
– Winston Churchill