An abandoned toy. An empty swing. A single wilting flower in a vase. All stark symbols of isolation and loneliness. But none of these powerful images come close to capturing the alienation Chronic Lyme Disease sufferers experience every single day. This disease ain't for sissies, that's for sure.
In a society which still doesn't recognize the severity of Lyme Disease, patients need all the support they can get from wherever they can get it, whether it's family, friends, therapists, physicians, support groups, social media, forums or...blogs.
Lyme Disease blogs are a great way to connect with others who've experienced similar hardships to yours, making you feel less isolated in your own healing journey.
These are amazing Chronic Lyme stories, plus they keep you informed on the latest research and treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease.
Now, as you'd imagine, there are MANY Lyme blogs out there but I thought I'd list a few of my favorites which you might like as well (I'll be adding more as time goes on).
Ready to take a look?...
Abounding in Hope
Comments: While it's hard to believe, Tricia's entire family of six suffers from Chronic Lyme Disease and related co-infections. In her inspiring blog, she documents her trials and tribulations dealing with Chronic Lyme, how she manages to homeschool her kids and the powerful role faith plays in her life.
Better Health Guy
Owner: Scott Forsgren
Comments: Scott's been at the forefront of Lyme-related news and trends for several years now. In fact, the first I hear about new Lyme treatments is often through his posts. A former Lyme patient himself, he's since regained his health and continues to contribute to the Lyme community through his invaluable blog.
Body Mind Lyme
Owner: Kerry J. Heckman
Comments: Kerry is an active contributor to the Global Lyme Alliance blog, Lymeology, and The Mighty. On her personal blog, Body Mind Lyme, Kerry documents her Lyme journey, gives advice on healing and runs an ongoing series called The Lyme Interview where she interviews fellow Lyme sufferers and advocates.
All Things Lyme Blog
Owner: Daniel Cameron, MD
Comments: Dr. Cameron is a prominent Lyme-literate medical doctor (LLMD) based out of Westchester, NY who blogs regularly about his experience treating Chronic Lyme Disease. A worthwhile read from someone deep in the trenches!
Honey + Vinegar
Owner: Elise Graham
Comments: Elise is a NYC-based designer who blogs about her personal experience dealing with Chronic Lyme Disease. Besides her blog, she sells Lyme-related prints through her Etsy shop. Her writing style is light-hearted and funny — a great attitude to have when dealing with something as insidious as Chronic Lyme!
Jenna's Lyme Blog
Owner: Jenna Smith
Comments: Like Scott from Better Health Guy, Jenna is one of few go-to bloggers I turn to regularly to hear about the latest findings in the Lyme world, whether it's new treatments, groundbreaking studies or general news. Her blog is a great service to the Lyme community.
Lady of Lyme
Owner: Christina Kovacs
Comments: Christina's blog documents her quest toward better health after suffering from Chronic Lyme Disease for many years. Her posts are insightful and relatable to anyone who's had the bad fortune of getting infected with this persistent disease. Make sure to check out her elegantly designed Lyme Disease awareness products.
Lyme Ninja Radio
Owner: Mackay Rippey
Comments: Lyme Ninja Radio is the most downloaded podcast for people with Lyme Disease and currently has well over 100 episodes with experts in the field and everyday sufferers. If you ever feel alone in your battle, tune in and listen to people who've gone through similar experiences.
Owner: Daniel Jaller, MD
Comments: LymeMD is another Lyme-related blog I've been reading for years and it gives great insight into the treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease from the perspective of a prominent Lyme doctor. Dr. Jaller's posts can be brutally honest at times but there are always compelling and rewarding.
Owner: Joint effort
Comments: Lymeology is an educational resource that aims to educate, support and inspire Chronic Lyme patients. As of now, the site features five bloggers, all of whom are personally or indirectly affected by Lyme (Kerry J. Heckman of Body Mind Lyme is one of its regular contributors).
The Lyme Road
Owner: Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio
Comments: Jenny is a regular contributor to several online publications including The Mighty, ProHealth and Mind Body Green. Her own blog, The Lyme Road, is a chock-full of awesome information on ways to combat Chronic Lyme Disease while giving us a glimpse into her own personal journey.
The Tick Slayer
Owner: Perry Fields
Comments: Perry's blog is an outgrowth from her best-selling book, The Tick Slayer — an inspiring account of a U.S. track athlete who overcame Chronic Lyme Disease and the natural treatments she used to recover. Besides her insightful blog, Perry also has her own line of products and services worth checking out.
Tired of Lyme
Owner: Christina Russell
Comments: Tired of Lyme is a wonderful all-in-one resource for all things Lyme-related — blog, forum, search engine, recipes, support group and physician locator. They've been educating and supporting Chronic Lyme sufferers since 2011 and have an active Facebook following.
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN!
Who else belongs on this list? Do tell! Leave your comments below!