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I have never been more moved by the collaboration of Lyme patients around the world speaking up to get the CDC & Healthcare community to listen to our cries. To see all their faces, young and old suffer the way I do is overwhelming. I have only known I had Chronic Lyme Disease for a few weeks, misdiagnosed for over 22 years. I, like many have suffered almost their entire lives. Diagnosed with one of the 350 diseases that Lyme can mock. I tested positive for Acute & Chronic Lymes Disease and positive by CDC guidelines. Most of the people in this movement have not even had a proper Lyme test done. It enrages me that a simple test could be done and the healthcare community ignores it like it does not exist. How many people have to be infected or die from this debilitating disease before they acknowledge that this disease has reached epidemic levels?I feel like it is now my duty and goal to bring as much awareness as I possibly can. I feel like I have to be heard. I do not wish to let them silence me and many others like me. A dog can get tested and treated for Lyme faster than a human being!! How is that even possible? I have vowed to myself to go to my city officials to be heard, and I encourage everyone who has Lyme or has a friend/loved one to do the same. Do not let them dismiss this anymore! Let us be heard!
I have met more and more people with Lyme since I started this blog and people I am close with. I feel for each and every one of them. I only got a diagnosis because a friend from grade school used her voice to speak out and help me. I am forever grateful for not being silent. She has the same dedication that I do, to make our voices heard. To help bring all the people who suffer with Lyme’s disease together as one very loud voice that can not be ignored anymore.
Please help bring awareness to everyone you know, especially if they are sick. Try to save a life just with information. Below I have compiled everything I could find to help get answers and to bring awareness.
DEADLINE DECEMBER 1, 2013 to submit your picture for awareness campaign
Testing for Lyme:
Watch the Documentary UNDER OUR SKIN
Symptom Check List:
Looking for a LLMD:
Awareness Groups & Blogs:
My personal Blogs & Friends:
The word “sexy” in modern day society has often become synonymous with the matched drum-beats and stiletto steps we’re used to seeing in Victoria’s Secret advertisements. Don’t get me wrong…that is sexy, but it’s not the only thing that is.
So, be honest…how many of you clicked on this article expecting to see a list consisting of amazing legs, abs, fake boobs, and a tan?
What society tells you is sexy on the surface, is often a small piece of the whole puzzle, if it’s a piece of it at all. But the first thing we need to do, is get rid of this damaging perception.
So, for those of us who live in the real world, what makes a woman sexy?
Confidence is key. Being perfect, is not. A strong, purposeful walk, head held high, eye contact, and a smile – go a long way.
Confidence breeds more…
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Russell Brand delivers once again, a good read! You don’t have to believe what he says but it sure gets you thinking 🙂
In this edition of Urchins Take Sides, we discuss Russell Brand’s essay on revolution in the latest edition of the New Statesman. Please feel free to take a side in the comment section below.
By Margaret Hedderman
I must say, I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so happy to be proven wrong about someone. In his forceful, urgent, and absurdly funny essay, Russell Brand has succinctly pinpointed the necessary means to drive the next revolution. It is unbelievably refreshing to read a commentary about politics and the environment that speaks to the true nature of the problem: if we don’t do something, we’re going to make this planet unlivable.
Unfortunately, the people who need to read, comprehend, and apply Brand’s words of revolutionary wisdom, probably won’t. I’m going to guess that most of them have never heard of the New Statesman, and if they have, probably…
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I have decided it is time to start my “Bucket List” and start making some memories. There are things that I have wanted to do all my life and there are things that I wanted to accomplish in life on my list. This list is not complete by any means but it is a work in progress.
Hopefully, no one will laugh to hard at my ambitions but some are kind of crazy and very adventurous but that is what a bucket list is for…right? I want to go outside my comfort zone and experience life in a whole new light. Maybe some of my friends and family will want to join in and start knocking all these things off our lists. Don’t you want to experience life to the fullest? I mean we only get one life, don’t we?
Well here is the start of my never-ending bucket list:
- Go Hang Gliding
- Write a book
- Friend Road Trip (Girlz Rule & Boys Drool)
- Catch a Blue Marlin
- Have a 50th Wedding Anniversary
- Spend Christmas, with my family, in a Cabin, in the snow in the mountains
- Beach Bonfire
- Laugh until I cry
- Learn to play the guitar
- Learn to play the piano
- Take Vocal Lessons
- Be a Zombie on the Walking Dead 🙂
- Kill a zombie (only if there is a Zombie Apocalypse)
- Sing in front of an audience
- Compliment Random People I See For A Day
- Drive a Racecar
- Meet a Famous Actor/Actress
- Be A Juror on a Murder Trial (weird I know)
- Help Solve A Mystery
- Ride on a Yacht
- Take a Survival Course
- Stranded on an Island with someone
- Go in a Shark Cage
- Sell my artwork/photos
- Meet Donald Trump
- Take the kids to DisneyLand
- Help find a cure for Lupus & Lyme Disease
- Go whale watching
- Chase a tornado
- Visit the Rockefeller Center
- Watch a meteor shower
- Go on an early morning forest walk
- Go on a African Safari
- See the Statue of Liberty
- Learn Ballroom Dancing
- Go Rock-Climbing
- Sleep under the stars on the beach
- Go on a cruise
- Send a Message in a Bottle
- Visit Central Park
- Go to the Lantern Festival in Taiwan
- Sleep in An Overnight Train
- Visit every state in the USA
- Visit Loch Ness in Scotland
- See Colosseum (Rome, Italy
- Add to the love lock bridge in Paris
- See the Forbidden City
- Visit Washington D.C
- Visit Stonehenge
- Go to Vatican City
- Travel to London, England
- Visit Times Square
- Ride a Gondola in Venice, Italy
- Go Geocaching
- Learn to Scuba Dive
- Visit the ‘7 wonders of the world
- Go hiking in a rainforest
- Sleep In A Tree House
- Visit Ireland
- Stand on top of a mountain
- Ride a Double Decker Bus
- Visit a volcano
- Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
- New Year’s Eve Kiss in an Incredible Location
- “Unplug” for 48 hours
- Give money to a homeless person
- Ride a Hot Air Balloon
- Go grape stomping
- Put a piece of bubble gum on the Market Theater Gum Wall in Seattle
- Attend a Masquerade Ball
- Make body butters
- Walk through Japans tunnel of lights
- Extreme Tubing on a whitewater river
- Backpack Europe
- See Holland in bloom
- Get a college degree
- Create a New Family Tradition
- Own a house by the lake
- Sell a Piece of Artwork
- Visit Sydney, Australia
- Go to Spain
- Learn to lockpick
- Visit a castle
- Visit every continent in the world
- Live in another country
- Paddle through a Medieval Town
- Publish a Book
- Attend a Masquerade Ball
- Visit England
- Go to the Egyptian pyramids
- Go on a Romantic Camping Trip
- Visit Ireland
- See the Northern Lights
- Pay for a Stranger’s Dinner
- Write myself a letter seal it and read it 10 years later
- Walk on the Great Wall of China
- Spend the night in a haunted house or hotel
- Visit Ground Zero
- Get involved with a charity
- Kayak Through Caves
- Do a road trip across America
- Go to the Day of the Dead, Mexico
- Travel to New York
- Travel to Italy
- Float in the Dead Sea
- Swim with Dolphins
I hope everyone takes the time to make a bucket list so you can feel accomplished at the end. The feeling that you didn’t leave anything undone. That is the purpose of mine, making my dreams come to life.
Remember that you can do small bucket lists for the seasons or just for a specific thing. You don’t have to start out with your whole life plan!
There is a great website that helps you create a bucket list and stay organized. It also shares other peoples ideas and things they have accomplished. The name of the site is http://www.bucketlist.org
Go & Create Some Memories!!
- Go Hang Gliding
I would love to hear some of the things on your bucket list, PLEASE SHARE! Just comment below 🙂
Well it has been over a week on treatment and I am doing fairly well with the meds. I have started to loose the swelling all over my body and my stomach is on the mend from the inside. Friday-Sunday are my weakest days all because of one antibiotic I take only on the weekends (Flagyl).
I started a new round of Flagyl today so we will see if this round goes like the last one or intensifies symptoms. It has been difficult to write on my blog as my brain is just not up to par for putting my thoughts to words.
My spirit is still hopeful and I know I have a long way to go but I am optimistic that it will all be for the better in the end!
I came across this today on Yolanda Foster from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She also has chronic lyme’s disease.
So now I take you through the last few days that has forever changed my life.
You have been such an inspiration to me. You reached out to me in my most desperate of hours. You helped me find the strength to march on in my journey for answers. Your kind and motivating words touched my heart and soul. You encouraged me with your own story of struggles to take the leap faith. I know that I have reconnected with a life long friend. Words can not due justice to the way you have changed me. I will be forever grateful for your support and honest words. I will always be here for you for anything that may come your way. I believe in you and God will bless you for you have paid it forward in one of the biggest ways possible. You are my friend and always will be.
I started on this journey seeking the answers to my health and my future. I have worked hard to get to where I am now and there is no turning back. I always knew this would not be easy to overcome but I have to try. All the changes that have been happening to me over the last year has halted my happiness. I have not been able to do all the things I love due to the way I have felt. It has all been slowly taken away. I still have fairly good days where I can go out and enjoy the sunshine with the kiddos or a good day of fishing but its not without pain, just tolerable. It means I wake up every morning and my pain level is either tolerable or not tolerable, end of story. It is what is and right now I can not change what is happening to me, but I am trying to.
In the midst of all of this some things have happened that I wish I did not have to endure. I wish I didn’t see what I did. I wish that I did not have to face the truth that I am faced with now. It is right in my face taunting me to do something about it for so long but now it has all been exposed and there is no turning back now.
What I saw was people turning their backs on me, telling me I am faking, over exaggerating my illness because I am lazy or I wanted the attention. It is utterly mind blowing to me how these people claim to know me but really know nothing about me. It has been the hardest thing out of all of this to deal with. I have seen their true colors and it has crushed me. The people in my life that are supposed to be there for me no matter what and to have my back, hold my hand and help me through all this, just shut me out. I have never been more devastated by such heartless and cold acts.
I have always been there for these people and would gladly take a bullet for any one of them. It is obvious to me now that these feelings are not mutual. Some are not as cruel but just as skeptical in saying they need “proof” that I am ill. I am sorry that I do not look the part that makes it easier for you to accept that I am sick. Having an invisible illness that only rears its ugly head to the outside of me on occasion is very frustrating when I have to deal with ignorant and non-supportive people in my life. I never thought that I would have to “prove” anything to anyone that is close to me and that knows me, but I was greatly mistaken.
Due to this overwhelming experience and other personal issues, I have decided to make some big changes in my life. I am getting rid of all the negative and all the drama. I no longer need to be surrounded by people who do not love or care for me the way that I do them. I no longer want to spend my days walking on egg shells around these people and pretending to be ok with the way they are treating me. I am not a doormat, do not take me for granted and do not mistake my kindness for weakness! I have learned a harsh lesson about love, trust and respect and it is one I learned the hard way.
So it is time for action! Out with the old and in with the new, onward I march! A new me is emerging from all this pain, a stronger, smarter me. I have grieved, been angry and now I am determined to change my life around.
So, tomorrow I embark on my journey to see the LLMD and meet up with a long lost friend. She has been helping me every step of the way and I can not thank her enough. She is a rock battling her own battles but still finds the time to help me get through it to. God has blessed me by putting us back in touch with her. Together, her and I will move mountains! I am so excited and terrified all at the same time for so many reasons. This is going to be a long tough journey for me but the outcome will make it all worthwhile and y’all will have a front roll seat!
See y’all on the other side!
PS: I do want to thank all my precious friends that have been there for me every step of the way and who have helped me through every rough day I have encountered. They are all God sent and I love them all. Y’all know who you are! 😉
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