After writing my last blog, I laid in bed thinking and wondering about my future, about the lives of everyone in the documentary UNDER OUR SKIN, wondering “what if?” What if they had gotten treatment sooner? What would change if I went straight to a Lyme specialist, instead of going to the endocrinologist? What if there are thousands of people out there that are undiagnosed and uneducated on this Lyme epidemic? I find myself compelled . . . no longer worrying about my health or my own need for a diagnosis, but compelled to do something that has an impact on the world. To educate others. Because when you’re educated, you no longer have an excuse.
We received my boys Autism diagnosis early on. They were able to receive treatment at a very young age – and I am so thankful for that. But what about those parents who don’t know that their son spinning the wheel on a toy truck for hours is a symptom and not a love of trucks? Or what if they were in denial, until their child’s fourth grade teacher brought it to their attention. It’s one thing to not know . . . but it’s a completely different ball game if you know; if you are educated and choose not to take action.
So, that’s what I’m doing. Whether I am Lyme positive or not. I am officially a Lyme activist! Today, on this 30th day of December in the year 2013, I vow to do my best to educate others on Lyme disease and to assure them (in fact – ENCOURAGE them) to disagree with their friends, family members, co-workers or even doctors – when they are told that their symptoms are just in their head – that they are just fine. No, we are not just “run down.” Good bye to the quiet, laid back girl who cringed at the thought of controversy. Welcome the new and improved Mother Warrior. This time, not only fighting for my boys, but now I’m fighting for myself and mom. (I have a feeling 2014 is going to be quite a year).
2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.