Hi my name is Özlem. I am 32 years old. I am married with 3 children. And I have Lyme disease.
I did not know what Lyme disease was up until January of 2013. Although it turns out I’ve had it for 9 years. I was bit by a tick during a trip to Tennessee. I was only dating my husband back then. We both remember the specific moment I was bit. During our one week stay there, I’ve had many symptoms. I had no idea such disease existed. We actually thought I was pregnant and even took a test. When the result was negative, we figured maybe it was the weather change that made me sick. If I only knew, what I know now.
Over the years I accumulated what seemed to be unrelated problems. If you look at me from out side, you would not guess how much pain I am in everyday. Chronic pain became part of my life, and as one of my doctors had told me, at this point in my life, I might just need to accept this is it for me. The quality of my life was very low.
Based on a recommendation from a friend, I’ve made a visit to a health professional that specialized in Interstitial Cystitis (IC). This visit changed my life all around. Long story short I’ve found out, I have Lyme, Bartonella, Protozoal, HHV-6, issues with my neurotransmitters. Keep in mind I am still going through more testing. So far I take around 25 pills a dayand 40 drops of liquid meds. Soon this number is going to increase.
Ever since I’ve started all my lab works, I have felt very overwhelmed. I was reading my eyes out. Freaking out. I’ve found reading other Lyme victims’s blogs (as I call them lymeys) gave me a sense of comfort. I had the sudden urge to puke words. I started to write on my phone every time I felt this heavy nausea of words. Soon after, I realized I wanted to share with everybody, how I feel. So, I’ve decided to start this blog. I hope this helps friends and family realize what I am going through and also raise some awareness towards Lyme disease.