Choices.  Chronic illness has been 26 years of constant choices every second of every day.  Ten years ago, I was forced to file for disability and it was one of the hardest choices I have ever had to make.  I have always loved working.  I come from a family with a strong work ethic and hard work is in my genes.  ...more

Overcoming Chronic Lyme Disease By Taking Back Control

There’s been a lot of talk about Lyme disease after a few celebrity voices have come forward speaking about their experiences with this complicated disease. I read each one, hoping that one of them will somehow tell me something I don’t know. I hope that perhaps one of these celebrity voices with their money and influence will somehow have discovered something new that will actually help the hundreds of thousands of people suffering. So far, no luck yet.I have Lyme disease. I am in control. Lyme does NOT have me. It’s not going away. I am not going to wake up one day and never experience one of the wacky issues that comes with having Chronic Lyme. I will move in and out of treatment. I will always be on the lookout for something new to help control it....more

A Request for Help for my Friends

In August 2007, I was a new Army wife. I moved from Texas to Colorado, leaving behind my family, friends, work, and church family to be with my husband. He knew the importance of friendship in my life, and he made the hour drive every Sunday to the town where my best friend lived and worshiped, so I wouldn't be alone (we knew a deployment would be imminent in the near future). That first Sunday, we met many people that helped us through that first year and a half. Two couples invited us out to lunch. One of those couples was Steve and Cindy Hurt....more

Lyme Disease: What you NEED to know

Lyme disease is a bacteria infection, Borrelia burgdorferi, which commonly spread through bites from tiny ticks, most commonly the deer tick in North America and Europe, as the deer ticks.  Living in areas with lots of tall grasses and woods puts you at high risk, even if those areas are by the ocean; many times people feel like ticks cannot live near the ocean…but they can, so you need to be careful even in tall marsh grasses....more