Welcome to my blog! This is a place of information and hope for fellow Canadians who are suffering from Lyme disease. I want to share with you the knowledge I have gained during my fight with this debilitating, frightening, and misunderstood illness. I hope you will be blessed.

Monday, August 06, 2012

A story with a happy ending

One thing people love is stories, especially happy stories with happy endings.  They lift us up and give us hope.  And I'm not sure how many of us would be able to get up in the morning, and carry on, without some hope in our hearts.

Lyme disease CAN be managed!  Whether or not it can be truly 'beaten' remains to be seen and to be researched.  But it IS possible to recover and live a normal life again.  Sometimes, it takes years, but it CAN happen.

Do not give up hope!

Here is a great article that I read on LymeDisease.org.  So encouraging.  So uplifting.  I love how the 14 year old girl, and the 20 year old woman (both the same person!) are juxtaposed.  So well done.  So effective. 

TOUCHED BY LYME: 20-year-old’s advice to her 14-year-old self: “You gotta have hope” 1st May 2012

The young woman in the photograph is doing a cartwheel—something she couldn’t do six years ago, when she was wheelchair-bound from Lyme disease. At that time, her body was wracked with pain, 24-7. She had a cascade of other symptoms as well, which made it impossible to go to school, to carry on with normal daily activities, and often, even to get out of bed. Life seemed bleak indeed.

Yet, out of her pain and misery, Rachel created a gift that has just recently resurfaced. In March 2006, she spoke to a video camera about how she was feeling and her frustrations with doctors who refused to recognize that Lyme disease even exists in California. It is a visual record of a young teenager trying to make sense of her desperate situation. Her demeanor seems calm, but if you study it closely, you can see the fear and vulnerability trembling below the surface.

But here’s the twist. Last weekend, after she re-discovered her earlier footage, Rachel recorded her present, healthy, walking self, responding to the same questions her younger self had answered. She edited the old and new together, cutting back and forth between 2006 Rachel and 2012 Rachel.

Together, the two Rachels have valuable wisdom to impart. Take a look:



Rachel currently attends college in northern California.

TOUCHED BY LYME is written by Dorothy Kupcha Leland, LymeDisease.org’s VP for Education and Outreach. Contact her at dleland@lymedisease.org.

3 comments:

  1. Hi! It's Brandi from Cosmo Mom with a Twist of Lyme! I've just nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Please visit my blog at http://www.cosmomomwithatwistoflyme.com for details! ;-)

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    1. Hi Brandi!
      Thank you so much for your nomination! :-) I'm so glad to be able to spread a bit of 'sunshine' around. I checked out the details on your blog, but I'm not sure how to proceed exactly. I'll wait to hear from you.
      Paula

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  2. What an amazing story! I'm so happy to see someone get well from this! Thank you, Paula for giving us all hope. :-)

    Brandi

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