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.

The Lyme Maze?

So why the title “The Lyme Maze"?  Well, that is what life becomes when you are suffering from this illness.  When you get sick, you hardly know what hit you, and then you are faced with a path that twists and turns and presents many obstacles.  At times it seems like you may never get out of that maze.  Many people are just too sick to even begin to navigate through it.  Others get part way in, and then give up, unable to face another roadblock.  Some do find their way out, perhaps not to perfect health, but at least to a managed illness, or perhaps one that has even gone into remission.

I know exactly how you feel - the frustration you have, the negativity surrounding the illness, the misunderstanding by physicians, people accusing you of things that are not true (that it's all in your head, that you're really suffering from mental illness), the lack of medical care for Lyme, denial of insurance, medication costs, and the fact that you just may be too sick to be your own advocate.  Believe me when I say that I know how you feel.  I was there, too.

What Canadian Lyme sufferers need most is a "straight path" to wellness - where doctors are trained and informed about this illness, where testing is accurate, and where there are treatment choices based on a patient's needs.  This is not yet the reality in Canada.

I hope that my blog will help you to navigate through the maze and straighten your path a bit, if you happen to be afflicted with Lyme disease, or suspect that you may be.

When I was in the depths of despair at the beginning of my illness, my pastor suggested I read and meditate upon Psalm 27.  Verse 11 says, “Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.”  Lyme was my oppressor, though I didn’t know it by name yet.  As I prayed through my illness, God guided me through that maze, and now I am here, able to share my story with you.

Peace, blessings, and prayers,