As a coping mechanism for a complicated home life; I turned to running in the great Canadian outdoors regardless the weather. After University my running was curtailed due to mystery ailments that would flare up on-and-off for decades.
Intuitively, I have been soaking in epsom salt baths ever since I became a runner. Perhaps these soaks are what kept my immune system functioning for so long. Many Lymies (people with Lyme disease) get temporary relief from detox baths. In 2005, my mystery ailments returned. After a decade of suffering and symptom flare ups, I was told by health care practitioners to learn to live with what was ailing me. By 2013, my immune system shut down and resulted in a health crisis; ultimately saving my life.
Tired of being sick and tired, by divine intervention I found an amazing advocate in Dr. Amanda Lea; an osteopathic physician in Zachary Louisiana. Two days before I becoming her new patient, a friend put me on her church prayer list as I searched for answers. Dr. Lea was setting up a new practice and worked me in the day after the prayer chain started. She listened to my health history uninterrupted for 45 minutes.
Dr. Lea was setting up a new practice and worked me in the day after the prayer chain started. She listened to my health history uninterrupted for 45 minutes.
After my diagnosis, I went to see a Lyme specialist MD, the head of infectious disease at a large hospital in New Orleans. She opened the office door, walked in and proclaimed that “Lyme disease does not exist in Louisiana” and then proceeded to accused me of shopping for antibiotics.
That day my passion for Lyme awareness, education and advocacy was revealed to me. Ticks know NO boundaries AND respect NO borders. Lyme disease is real and YES it does exist in Louisiana!!
Your life matters, my life matters – ALL LIVES MATTER!
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Yours in health advocacy, Melody