Post #3, 4, and 5 for Lyme Awareness Month

GOOD MORNING!

My computer got all funky on Thursday, I was sick/busy on Friday and I got a new computer on Friday. Now it’s Saturday. Seems like a good day to catch up on blogs from the past two days.

  • Oh and my mom took me shopping yesterday (on Friday) to get me my computer and we ended up shopping for clothes too..(:

It’s Mother’s day on Sunday! My mom is the best mom I could ever ask for. She is passionate, curious, loving, caring, wonderful, kind-hearted, and hard working. Things that a mother should always be – in my opinion. This post is 100% dedicated to my mom. She has been there for me with this Lyme crap from the beginning.

  • From 2 years ago (2014) when I started feeling really crappy.
  • Last spring/summer (2015) when I was dealing with food sensitivity stuff and candida infection.
  • Last fall (2015) when I was still feeling sick and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).
  • November of 2015 when my symptoms of this unknown disease got worse (paralysis, aches and pains, ice pick headaches, dizziness, extreme fatigue,  and more).
  • December and January for countless doctor appointments with several specialists who had no idea what was going on.
  • January 28th, 2016 when I got diagnosed with Chronic Lyme. My mom has done all of the fighting, talking, arguing, and research. She has been just as persistent with the doctors as this disease has been on my body; for that I am forever grateful.

It’s been a hell of an adventure and Lyme is a disease that you really have to be your own advocate, but because of my mom, I have had the privilege to have the bestest friend in the world who happens to be my mom, and also my very own personal Lyme advocate. Words cannot describe everything she has done for me… I wouldn’t be what I am right now if not for her. ­

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She continues to be extremely passionate about the Lyme topic and is continually frustrated by the lack of knowledge that not only the general public has, but health care professionals have of Chronic Lyme. Dealing with Lyme isn’t easy and doctors typically don’t understand what’s going on in my life, so we tend to avoid all conventional medicine. It amazes me how dedicated my mom is to helping me feel better each day. If I feel nauseous, she shoves peppermint essential oil in my face; if my legs hurt, she will rub them or run me an Epsom salt bath; if I have trouble sleeping, she will get up and put some concoction of essential oils together that she learned about in my diffuser. She is absolutely incredible.

She has dedicated so much time into figuring this all out. In the midst of changing jobs this year, orchestrating a move to Georgia this summer, and keeping the house picked up, doing laundry doing the dishes, she remains calm and collected, keeping me her top priority – well at least that’s what I see. Again, what the heck would I do if she wasn’t my mom?!?

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My life with Lyme has sucked, no doubt, but I think it would’ve been infinitely times worse without my mom.

My mom deserves the world; she deserves everything she has ever wanted in life. The lesson of this post: love your mom/grandma/mother-like guardian unconditionally. Despite any negative feelings you may feel toward them at any point in time they care so much about you and love you unconditionally, and they deserve every ounce of love that you’ve got. Say thank you, say I love you, say please, give hugs, give kisses. They deserve it.IMG_2443

I have watched my mom grow in her faith, strengthen relationships through Christ, and make friends in Jesus’ name. I have been inspired by her connection with the Lord. I have been inspired to grow in my own faith; to live through Christ and to be strong through Him. She has shown me that God grants strength, faith, hope and love to those who need. She has taught me that Jesus will always love me, despite my mistakes or attitude. I have realized that living with bitterness is not a way to live. Through Christ, my mom and I have grown together and for each other.

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Staying positive through all of this is hard, but being able to vent to my mom about stuff that bothers me and have her completely understand is what keeps me sane. I have the last several years to thank BOTH of my parents for. My dad has been a solid rock in our family; he’s there for my mom and I when we get frustrated, and he’s always there for me if I need anything, anything AT ALL. I love him unconditionally.

I’ll throw in 5 inspiration for anyone who has having a hard time, bad day, rough week, or just straight up unmotivated lately.

  1. My mom’s ‘pick-me-up’.
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2. Baseball players even have inspirational things to say… (;

“Ninety precent of this game is half mental.” – Yogi Berra

3. My ‘pick-me-up’

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4.  My dad’s ‘pick-me-up’:

“It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.” – Winston S. Churchill

5. “Stall if you must, but get it done.” – Gma Linda

Xoxo,

Elise Hendrickson

“She is tossed by the waves, but does not sink.”

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