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Coming to terms: accepting that you
have chronic lyme disease
Acceptance is the first step in healing
One of the first and most difficult steps in your recovery from Lyme Disease is beyond a doubt coming to terms and accepting that you have it. This is an aspect I wanted to address for newbies, and even for people who have had Lyme Disease for some time, but are finding it hard to move forward.
Accept that the life you once knew no longer exists for the time being. This is a huge step for the initiation of the recovery process. A new unwanted life demands your existence, while at the same time you demand the existence of the life you've always thought you'd live. The two lives you choose to lead can not coexist. No one wants the life we've always known to leave, and even more importantly, you need to understand it's not your fault that you could have never prepared for such a transition.
Your normal which existed from going to school, going to work, and socializing with friends and family have or will shatter. It's the unbearable reality of this disease. The bacterium that has invaded your body is designed to kill, and your resistance, medicinally and with critical thought, has forced you to keep one foot out the door. You may or may not realize it, but when you break everything down, every day since you've been infected, you've literally been dying just a little bit more each and every day.
You have a new purpose in life now and it's to get your health back. Though it won't be easy, it can be done with patience, perseverance, and with or without a few good people in your life. Lyme Disease forces us to undertake some of the most daunting and unlivable bestowals that we never thought we would or could. It truly is the ultimate test of patience and endurance, and really forces people to pull every last bit of strength from their inner souls; unfortunately no one will ever acknowledge that. You will never receive the full credit for this confrontation, but that should never give you a false sense of failure.
If I could appeal to your understanding of what life used to and ought to be, and that this road you're on doesn't leave any doubt to me, and others, that you'll achieve what is, and has always been possible. This is the fight.