We struggled with doctors to find a diagnosis, until (through great fortune) we crossed paths with Dr Ralph Hawkins.
During the diagnosis process, we received tremendous support from friends, family, and even complete strangers. For that support, our family will be eternally grateful.
I’m humbled to say that over 500 people wrote to the Health Minister on our behalf. I can tell you that with your support, the Alberta Health Minister has committed (in writing) that she will in fact meet with Dr Hawkins.
So how is Theresa doing?
Theresa is recovering remarkably under the care of Dr Hawkins. Her regime of medications has come down considerably since last fall, but she will remain committed to “the program” through the spring of this year. We both feel she is now at a point in her treatment where SHE has more control over her outcome than the medication she is taking. Theresa has recently started reintroducing regular exercise and clean eating to her daily routine. The better she eats the better she feels. It’s a welcome site to see a mess of “Beachbody” videos on our basement floor. She struggles with fatigue, and that’s likely a combination of Lyme and the fact that she has been physically incapable of a fitness routine for over 10 months.
Lyme recovery requires a careful balance of caring support and tough-love. I’ve learned that if you can’t (or aren’t good at being) both, you need to make sure there is access to both. Recovery can be a long process. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Know when to ask for help, and be prepared to accept a generosity of support that you will never be able to repay. To those that were there for us in the tough times…we will never forget.
As “tick season” approaches, you can be sure that we’ll be more diligent about checking the kids (and ourselves) after spending time outdoors. This process has been a challenge, but also a strong reminder of how fragile life can be. Don’t take your health for granted – it’s a precious gift. So make the most of it. Go outside, and enjoy the weather. But don’t forget to “check for ticks’.