Wednesday, 23 May 2018

A positive post as my body rediscovers its immune system

This week I had a FaceTime call with my naturopath. I was overwhelmed. Telling her how much better I'm doing seems bizarre. I would never have imagined such a radical change. Six months ago I was very unwell. Six months prior to that, just about functioning. Pre that, days when I wasn't really functioning at all were a regular occurrence. Behind closed doors was my private hell. Headaches, brain fog (sometimes Lyme dementia), tinnitus, blurred vision, dropping things, losing my balance, numbness and tingling in my arms and face, being unable to concentrate. Unable to find the words. Unable to speak at times. I even had two very scary focal seizures... and these were just the neurological symptoms I faced.

Incredibly, in the last three weeks most of these have subsided or disappeared altogether. So you see, the difference in my health since the NTA clinic in Basingstoke diagnosed Lyme Disease in January, has been extraordinary. Following a strict Lyme diet - nutrition clearly the route to wellness, taking supplements and herbs specifically to target Lyme and its co-infections, started me on my road to recovery as far as my Lyme infection turned autoimmune condition. Phases one and two have been primarily to help my liver and adrenals, with the idea that my body will rediscover its immune system and recover the energy to fight once more. Something I imagine is happening, for the energy I suddenly have is thrilling. There's light! I've a way to go still, and goodness knows when we start to attack the pathogens it'll more than likely knock me for six, but it's so good to know and FEEL I'm on the right track. Isn't the body remarkable given the right tools?

Lyme borreliosis in humans is an inflammatory disease affecting multiple organ systems, including the nervous system, cardiovascular system, joints and muscles. The causative agent, the spirochaete Borrelia burgdorferi, is transmitted to the host by a tick bite.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Sun Awareness Week and looking after your eyes

SUN AWARENESS WEEK... Prevention is better than cure!

Did you know that... 10% of all skin cancers are found on the eyelid? No. Neither did I. And only 7% of us, when it comes to looking after our health this summer, will put eye damage at the top of our agenda. That's staggering isn't it, but I get it... Having small children, I've been great at purchasing cheap sunglasses over the years. They've been grabbed off my head a lot, stretched, sat on, you know how it goes. Frankly, the only two times that I did wear expensive sunnies, it wasn't pretty. A mate trod on my hard-earned Chianti bought Versace's, and the boyfriend buy Prada pair were stolen off a restaurant table top anyway, (can you believe it?!) which only served to reinforce not spending any money on them. But it's not a good thing is it. Knowing the stats. And knowing Lyme Disease is wrecking my sight too. Blurred vision plagues my eyesight these days, although as I continue with my healthy approach to living, I have days where they appear to be slowly improving.

Fittingly, it's a beautifully sunny day... for the start of Sun Awareness Week. Vision Express, raising awareness on the matter, have collated five top tips to eye health which are worth casting your all-important eyes over... Take heed of number four all you parents out there. P.S. Did you know they have high quality, value for money alternatives to designer glasses starting at £29? Just saying... 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Lyme Protest in Parliament Square

1st May and the Lyme disease campaign #WakeUpToLyme is all systems go. I went along to support them at the parliament protest today and found a fair few standing together fighting to raise awareness about an ugly disease that is on the rise. Talked to some great people.

It was a beautiful day for it and as I passed the London eye and hundreds of tourists enjoying London in the sunshine, I noted the scaffold covering Westminster. It looks nothing like it usually does. Struck me how it related to Lyme... For how I am on the outside is not at all how I am on the inside.