I was just your normal 13 year old kid. I was very active-between keeping my grades up, competing on several dance teams, show choir, and music lessons- I was busy! That all changed in November 2006 after participating in a Cahaba River cleanup project. It looked like I had the flu-extreme fatigue, high fevers, headaches, and pain. My doctor said it was Mono. For 2 years I had more symptoms that I can name like shortness of breath, heart arrhythmias, allergies, fainting, trouble concentrating. I was diagnosed with Dysautonomia, POTS, Asthma, and Mitral Valve Prolapse, but I continued to spiral downhill. By my sophomore year of high school, I was completely bedridden and unable to attend my public school or any activities I loved doing. I was at an all time low.
In 2008 I was finally diagnosed with late stage Lyme Disease, along with two co-infections called Bartonella and Babesia. I had to travel out of state for treatment and got a port surgically placed so I could receive IV antibiotics everyday. It took a few years, but I began to get my life back. I graduated high school on time and went off to college, something many people never thought I’d be able to do. I had a great 6 months of my freshman year before I crashed. I was rushed to the ER and within a few hours had my gallbladder taken out. It turns out my gallbladder had become infected (probably Lyme) and I had severe jaundice. That marked the beginning of my relapse. One by one my old symptoms returned.
Because I was already in my 6th year of battling Lyme, my family made the decision to travel to New York to see one of the leading Lyme Disease specialists in the world. I began aggressive treatment once again. It has taken almost 4 years, but I believe I am finally back to being in a good place health wise.