In the beginning of July, I began medical school. As I was still symptomatic until maybe a month before classes began, that light in the tunnel was still somewhat dim and I doubted my decision to start classes so soon a few times. But I pushed through my doubts and started down this amazing road where I hope to be able to help so many people and I'm finally (knock on wood) healthy.
Do I still have bad days here and there? Absolutely. But they're not as bad and not as often. So when your good days begin to outweigh your bad days, take note. It means more than you might think.
So what was my trick to getting better (I can't tell you how many times I've been asked)? Obviously, I received quality Lyme Literate medical care, but I strongly believe that starting the Laugh Out Lyme and All Chronic Illnesses Facebook page and website made a huge impact. Laughter has been shown to make such a difference in dealing with a chronic illness/stress. Even if it's only for a brief moment of the day, it's a moment where you forget the reality of your illness and just feel "normal." It's pretty amazing when you really think about it.
Laughing is also directly related to how optimistic you might be. And as we all know, you cannot just give up as a spoonie (even though we've all wanted to at some point). We must fight every single day to try and accomplish what others don't even have to think about doing. So if a simple little thing like laughing a couple times every day can help, why not give it a shot (please make sure to visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/laughoutlyme for tons of laughs) for daily "injections" of humor that's bound to at least make you smile? We've often tried everything else.
Ultimately, however, I wanted to write this blog to give anyone who needs it some hope. No matter what, there's always light at the end of that tunnel. You might not be the same on the other end as you were when you entered, but you'll make it. Don't let the darkness consume you. I have faith in each one of you... Just keep fighting on toward that someday in the future and never stop laughing!