Thirteen Years
a Lyme Disease Warrior

Thirteen Years
a Lyme Disease Warrior

Eight years, 25 doctors, no diagnosis. Five infections missed. One immune system, shattered. Five years in treatment. Two years of IV and needles, daily. Forty medications, 20 supplements, 8 alternative therapies. One retirement plan, depleted. Thirteen years of life passing. Mostly recovered but mainly managing. This is Lyme Disease. This is my story.

May 15, 2015
Flashback Friday

"Who is Savadear?" is one of my most precious memories of living abroad, before I knew I had been sick with Lyme Disease. It's a cute story so if you haven't read it, check it out. 

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May 13, 2015
Borrelia-Killin' Badass

Just one more of this Borrelia-killin'' badass carrying that huge hunk of pollen. His queen better be all, “Oh baby, you da man! Nobody works it like you. Now come over here and give me a little honey.”

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May 12, 2015
Pot of Gold

How cool is this dude carrying is his pot of gold? Apitherapy (treatment from bee venom via the sting) is starting to catch on in the Lyme disease world, ever since one woman nearly died from Lyme disease but recovered quickly when she was attacked by a swarm of African Honey Bees.

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May 8, 2015
That Irritating Virtue

I can safely say that no sport, no pet, no job, no hobby and no yoga practice has taught me more patience more than Lyme disease.

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May 7, 2015
Rainy Days Welcome Here

Depressing photo? Not for a Lymie.

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May 5, 2015
A Small Beautiful Life

With Chronic Lyme disease, your world becomes very small, but no less beautiful. Well, except when I go a week without washing my hair or the meds make me toss my cookies. That part is not so pretty. Check out the Scarlet pimpernel, a wild flower, sometimes considered a weed, growing all over Santa Cruz […]

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May 3, 2015
NitWit Trail Gets a Shrakieotomy

A few weeks ago, Mr. Wild Dingo came home with a tick bite on his ankle from walking the dogs on NitWit trail behind our home. Since then, he’s been on a mission to shrake the leaves and keep the trail clear of tick hiding places. In addition, we both wear ridiculously tapered pants and […]

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May 2, 2015
Juno's Recovery from Tick Disease

In 2009, Juno was hospitalized for 5 days with a high fever and joint inflammation. Our fabulous vets at The Whole Pet Vet and SAGE Centers for Veterinary Care ran a full panel of tick disease tests and the results were negative. We were at cross roads of how to treat her illness as we had […]

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May 1, 2015
Take a Bite out of Lyme Disease!

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. As author Amy Tan points out, the greatest harm that borrelia causes is ignorance. I can’t pretend to understand why the CDC and IDSA dig their heels in further on denying the existence of chronic Lyme disease when there is a mountain of evidence-based science to support the fact […]

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April 26, 2015
Teenie Weenie

A bug so small, my naked eye could only see an unrecognizable gray speck on the flower. It’s hard to believe that a bug so much smaller than this is wreaking havoc on my own and thousands of people’s bodies and lives. When you start exploring tiny plants, animals and microorganisms, you suddenly realize how […]

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April 25, 2015
You Know You're a Lymie When...

You know you’re a Lymie when your doctor tells you that your PCR test came back positive for Lyme and you breathe a huge sigh of relief and say, “Oh thank God!”  Because it proves that Lyme disease isn’t really all “in your head” but quite literally IN YOUR HEAD. Neuropathy and Lyme Brain are […]

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April 21, 2015
But I Get Up Again

I'm 58 photos into my daily project and I'm still going. It's a bit hard to believe given that I still have days like yesterday where I spent all of day on the sofa. The first day of my weekly infusions always hits me hard. 

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April 17, 2015
Business as Usual

It's back to business as usual here at Wild Dingo. Now that I'm back on the same Lyme treatment I was in December, I'm back to functioning almost normally. You wouldn't know by looking at me that I'm on some heavy medications for a serious illness. I still have plenty of symptoms but I can manage […]

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April 12, 2015
Living Wild

I can't help it. I'm fascinated with tiny flowers. Perhaps because I've never given them a second glance on my hikes. My fascination happened when I was learning to use my telephoto lens on close-ups. I was blown away by the details in the smallest of flowers. And the variation of color! Nature fascinates me. All my […]

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April 5, 2015
Lyme + Flu = Bummin'!

Poor Loki. He was worried because I didn't act like myself when I got out of bed Friday morning. Mr. Wild Dingo brought home a cold and flu from his Asia trip last weekend. But I didn't exhibit symptoms soon after he came home. Instead, I was having a flare in Lyme symptoms and once that […]

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April 3, 2015
Flashback Friday

My Lyme brain was showing even back then!

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April 2, 2015
Bee Healthy

As a person diagnosed with and treating Lyme disease, a disease with no known cure and life-debilitating symptoms, I find myself coming across "sure-cures" every day. One such cure that's been floating around for a while is Apitherapy or bee venom therapy.  Ellie Lobel, who had been fighting chronic Lyme disease for nearly 20 years, was cured […]

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March 26, 2015
Spring Has Sprung!

Spring is here in Santa Cruz Mountains and that leaves only a short window of time to photograph the variety of blooms in vibrant greens, blues, pinks and reds before it all turns golden brown. I walk by numerous varieties of wildflowers everyday on my dog walk and I've never given them a glance, much […]

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March 22, 2015
When Being Strong is the Only Choice

It's been a challenging week for me and the dogs. Between being stuck at home resting and going to multiple doctor appointments, there were no walkies. They took it with grace and didn't complain much. I think they know more than we imagine they do. It breaks my heart to deny them their daily walk and […]

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March 18, 2015
My Tough Girl

If I ever find myself complaining about this stupid pain of Lyme disease, all I have to do is look up to my tough girl. She was born in pain and some how finds a way to live life to the fullest within her potential. She's a my guru. She's my tough girl.  

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