Why Do Those With Lyme Disease Become Estranged? – Tired of Lyme l Lyme Disease Support & Consolation.
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Health first. Social Life second.
1. Mental and physical symptoms
2. Fear of ridicule, embarrassment, or misunderstanding
It’s hard enough for a person with Lyme Disease to track down and attain all the answers for themselves regarding their own state of health, and then to be questioned about their battle with Lyme Disease from another person? Forget about it! Lyme Disease, in a nutshell, temporarily hinders and collapses the life a person knew. They lose their ability to work, go to school, and even perform their once indulging hobbies. It’s not easy for a 45 year old woman to tell her friends and family that she no longer works because of an bona fide illness that may appear delusionally to others as pure laziness. It’s surely no self-esteem booster for a 14 year old boy to tell his friends that he can’t come out and play for the fourth week in a row because he’s too tired. And of course it’s a crushing blow for a 21 year old junior in college to unwillingly bring his college endeavors to a halt. The raw nature of Lyme Disease is unusual and bizarre to a mind that has never embraced or experienced it, and surely will breed misunderstanding in conversions. The misunderstanding or ignorance of Lyme can lead to ridicule about the person with Lyme Disease, giving them all the more reason to not only isolate themselves, but justify their disconnection from socializing.
Without your health, you have nothing
It’s a simple logic: Put your health first! Friends, a lover, and family will likely be there when you’ve recovered. And even if they aren’t, you will possess the ability to make new friends and even repair relationships. It’s a reward that will return for the strenuous efforts you put forth to overcoming Lyme Disease
Besides treatments, good friends are the best medicine I have. I’ve found that by simply talking to, and spending time with, my friends leads me to happiness and a desire to push myself toward being the most whole person I can be.
While I realize that many of my “gifts” from Lyme disease will be permanent, I have realized that my state of mind is crucial to living the best life possible for me.
My good friends have shown me that. They have made me want to advocate to help others before they reach the place I am in. Don’t push away your friends because “you don’t want them to see you like this.” For a long time, I did just that. Now that I have overcome the embarrassment of my physical condition (somewhat), I’ve learned that friendship can do almost as much to save me as the medicines to which I owe my life.
At least the government in British Columbia finally gets it.
They now admit that Chronic Lyme disease is real and that Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in North America.
If only our own government in the US would do the same. There are countless victims here suffering the effects of Chronic Lyme and the associated co-infections. Many of them have no way to pay for costly treatments and continue to get worse while insurance companies refuse to pay.
Most people don’t have a clue about the dangers associated with this terrible disease. Most people don’t realize that it can, and has been, deadly.
More has to be done to educate the public, and most general practitioners, as to the dangers. More has to be done to make our own government see what British Columbia has finally admitted. This threat is real. Citizens of our country are suffering and something must be done.
I suffer from Chronic Lyme Disease. It is a debilitating disease that affects almost every system of the body. Today, I learned that a major breakthrough has been achieved that might help people like me. This news brought tears to my eyes as I considered the possibility that I might get better someday. Below is the story of hope for the fastest-spreading epidemic about which few are aware. Please read and let me know what you think…
Source: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
Newswise — Researchers Dr. Steven E. Schutzer of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and Dr. Claire M. Fraser-Liggett of the Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland, and their collaborators have made a major achievement toward better understanding Lyme disease, by determining the complete genetic structures of 13 strains of the bacteria that cause the disease.
These new discoveries may accelerate research efforts to diagnose, prevent and treat the disease, which can affect the nervous system, heart, skin and joints. The occurrence of the disease has grown dramatically over the past ten years in the United States and Europe. The research, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, has been published online ahead of print in the Journal of Bacteriology.
Read the rest and comment at http://www.newswise.com/articles/researchers-determine-the-genetic-blueprint-of-the-lyme-disease-microbe