As you all know, I’ve had Lyme disease and co-infections since July 8,2000. I was bitten by a tick,when I went to the bathroom in the woods. I was fishing with a bunch of guys in upstate New York.
I was “lucky”. I got the bullseye rash, and I was counted as one of the infected in the 2000 CDC count. I always tested positive for Lyme disease, even after my 2 picc line rounds of IV antibotics. I also did several natural protocols before that, with no success.
My first picc line round was considered a success. I also found out that I had arsenic poisoning and mold illness. These issues make treating Lyme even more difficult. That Lyme doctor treated me successfully with mold and arsenic, but I only got 40% better. I had that picc line in for a year. After being so sick for so many years, I was grateful to get my 40% and to be free of mold and arsenic poisoning.
I also was going through a divorce, after 16 years of marriage. He never was empathetic or showed any compassion, especially when it came to me getting so sick with Lyme Disease. I knew I had to file for divorce, and I’m so glad I did. As he once told me, “I didn’t ask for this; you were supposed to take care of me.” He’s over 14 years older than me.
I left Maine, and moved by my family and friends in Birmingham, Alabama.
About 2 years after the first picc line round, I started taking a turn for the worst again. My old Lyme dr told me to either go back to him in New Hampshire, or to a leading Lyme dr in DC. I choose DC, because it was logistically better for me.
From the day I got my second picc line, it was a disaster. I tanked from the beginning. By month 4, I was in Critical condition from the iv antibiotics. I was let go, and his nurse practitioner told me, my dad, and my now husband that I “may not even make it”.
$55k later I was medically abandoned by one of the “best”.
Luckily, I had been volunteering for 2 sites on Facebook, so I researched and saw things on stem cell therapy for Lyme disease. I learned about all of the different stem cells (please nobody do fat stem cells, I know of not one person who’s gotten better. They in fact get worse). I then knew The Stemaid Insitute was the place for me. Back then, 2 1/2 years ago.
I arrived in Los Cabos Mexico in November 2016 to Stemaid. I received 2 weeks of a stem cell protocol, and a natural supporting regimen. I was feeling better after the first week. I had been totally bedridden before that. It was nice to get out and live. I was able to enjoy my beautiful healing environment, and go do things in Mexico. From the very first day there I had an awesome experience at the clinic. Not only did I get to see myself improve, but I got to see other patients go through their own miracles right in front of my eyes. None of them had Lyme disease, but their transformations were just as amazing!
What a gift in life to experience this!
I left the Stemaid Insitute after my 2 weeks. I left with true hope, and I was on my way to wellness. I left with natural tinctures, supplements etc, and I went home to Birmingham, Alabama.
After month 2, I saw myself improving slowly, but the progress I had made so far was simply amazing to me.
I did have a period where I got walking pneumonia; I’ve never had anything like that in the past. After I got over that, I started seeing improvements again. This was the time I incorporated physical therapy to work on my wasted body from all those years I was bedridden. I also continued with my diet and supplements. The last thing to go at around the year mark was fatigue. Interestingly enough, I had a bi-polar diagnosis prior to stemaid . I was told I had bi-polar 2. The doctor said it was a sleep disorder based bi-polar. As a result, I was put on hefty amounts of Zyprexa. I had found a new psychiatrist who said “you don’t have bi-polar, so stop taking the medicine for it”. I did and the fatigue left me.
Not even a year later, I could say Lyme disease has FINALLY left me! I was told I would never get totally better; thank God the Lyme experts of the USA were wrong.
Fast forward to late November 2018. I was fine all along, then one day I woke up with Lyme symptoms. Are they as bad? No, but I knew it was time to go back to Stemaid for a booster visit.
I’m now back at The Stemaid Institute. I just completed my first day at the clinic. It was so cool to see old faces and friends on social media. Everyone is so caring and friendly, from the staff to the patients.
The first day, I had to fast for bloodwork and testing. I sat down with Dr.Hanly, and we updated my medical file information. We trouble shot my case a little, but until the tests come back today, I won’t know anything for sure. She does agree I’m not that bad off. That was reassuring.
I then received my first IV round of:
It went well.
No reactions of any kind.
They did offer me a massage, but I had already gotten one outside from my husband. I did turn that one down, this time only.
I was concerned going into last night. Last time, I had the biggest headache I have ever had, after my first day.
The headache never came, and I was just a tad sore. I took a nice detox bath, and relaxed in our beautiful surroundings. I got the most awesome massage from my fabulous husband Scott.
My only real complaint is:
Lack of sleep, but I have had that issue my whole life. My muscles are a tad sore, and I have a small headache. Nothing to really stop me though, so I’m ready for day 2!
It’s the morning of day two now.
I will go over the test results with Dr Hanly today, get my treatment protocol, schedule, and More treatment.
As I’m writing this, I have a fabulous view at the Viceroy. We even got to see a pod of whales this morning from our bed!
Life is good!
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