I regret that I missed wishing you all a very, merry Christmas, but I hope that yours was truly a wonderful one, with joy reigning over Lyme pain and peace over holiday tensions. Although “Happy Holidays” is starting to lose its ring, I figure I can still get a four-day jump on the last holiday of the season (because I’m prone to forgetting later) and wish you all a happy new year!
I know that for some of you, ringing in the new year may be legitimate cause for a pity party, complete with tears and regrets of another year lost to Lyme (instead of champagne and fireworks), but I pray that you would instead have renewed hope for healing, along with gratitude for the good that 2008 gave you (even if that good is just another life lesson), and peace, knowing that the new year will bring new Lyme treatments and with that, greater possibilities for wellness. May you be strengthened by this knowledge and by the community of Lyme sufferers and loved ones that surround you. May you believe in God’s great power to heal, especially your spirit, and may you have faith to press on with this difficult journey, knowing that there is purpose and growth through all suffering.
December has been a month of tremendous blessings for me. Thanks to D-ribose and a quantum leap in my spiritual walk, I have had more energy and joy this month than during any other since September, 2004. Being able to sing Christmas carols without collapsing and to indulge in pumpkin pie and fudge without blowing up like an inflatable Santa has made for a happy month, indeed.
At the same time, it has been a month sprinkled with difficulties, as I wonder how I will treat two bulging disks in my lower back (a recent problem that has been a little frustrating for me) and a bunch of babesia critters that still haven’t died, despite three years of treatments. (But I am thankful that Fry labs has helped to answer the lingering question that I have had regarding my symptoms).
I now know that even 1600 mg per day of artemisinin won’t kill babesia, and I’m preparing for more difficult months ahead as I hit this infection, once again, with twice the ammo that I used before.
But I am optimistic, because if this month I felt well enough to ice-skate and sing and spend many a late night out with friends, I know I will have months like this again, but without the help of D-ribose and the other ten thousand supports I use to stay functional, because I believe the day will come when I no longer have to worry about infections.
Until that day, I continue to believe in my god for healing, peace and prosperity in 2009. May you have hope for these things in your life, too.
Happy New Year!