When your body tries to tell you something but it has ADD!

Kathryn's Story

NH

Age: 37-45

A little bit about my journey:

My Diagnosis

Chronic Lyme Disease and Hashimotos

Time to Get Diagnosed

9 years

Year I was Diagnosed

2020

Sending Love to

Dr Durand and Concord Endocrinology

Hospital I'd Recommend

Concord Hospital

This is my story:

2020 was a pivotal year for me. For so many years I was told “well you have a thyroid condition” to explain any symptom thrown at me but nothing was working to make it better. I was constantly exhausted, constantly in pain, Chronic migraines and inflammation with weight gain on top of it all. Did I mention exhaustion?
My vitamin D levels were so low with no explanation & everyday I joked my body was trying to tell me something but everyday it was trying to tell me something different! My story began with low vitamin D for no reason, every doctor I saw told me “ your body must just not absorb it” Eventually my thyroid tanked and again no reason and every doctor tried but with no success.
In June of 2020 I was hit with debilitating fatigue- i had a thyroid condition so I knew tired but this was different. i slept 18 hours a day, I couldn’t keep my eyes open at work.. this was when I was formally diagnosed with Lyme disease! i the standard 21 days of antibiotics and saw improvements. In the fall i relapsed and fell like CRUD again so I was referred to a Lyme literate physician and he determined that all of my symptoms although some thyroid related were most likely due to Lyme wrecking havoc on my body for many years. He immediately started me on an antibiotic protocol and i started to see improvements! I changed my diet, removed stress as much as possible, started tracking symptoms and monitoring patterns and triggers. I slowly saw my energy come back, I could get through my day without needing a nap or 2! I had less anxiety and I started to have days where I had NO pain or symptoms! It was the miracle I had prayed so long for. I’ve been able to lower my anxiety meds, thyroid medication and hopefully soon will be able to pulse antibiotics for Lyme. My vitamin D levels are the highest they’ve been in YEARS and I know it’s because my body is finally healing
I am confident that I’m on the road to remission with Lyme and a place where my thyroid will react the way it should..
Always trust yourself.. advocate for yourself and if you don’t like an answer keep digging. Healing is possible!

Let’s play 20 questions:

The song that keeps me going is:
Something like this by Coldplay
I never leave home without my:
Water & snacks
My go-to feel better movie is: 
Anything hallmark!
If I was in the hospital, the celebrity I would most love to visit me would be:
Candace Cameran Bure or Danielle Walket
When I need to relax, I:
Sleep or read
My favorite food is:
Chips and guacamole!
The quote that keeps me going is:
Faith over Fear
When I need a laugh, I:
Watch tiktok
Meet my pets (or favorite stuffed animal):
The stuffed giraffe that I got my son when he was in the NICU
My hero is:
When I’m having a down day I binge watch:
CW arrow verse shows
My favorite book to get lost in is:
Anything Lisa Jewell or Robyn Carr
I want to be best friends with:
Mrs Budyzn
The thing I’m most proud of:
Even though I’ve fumbled I’ve kept pursing knowing that there WAS a reason for my symptoms
The most wonderfully unexpected thing that has happened to me as a result of this journey is:
I have found a wonderful support system and friends to keep me laughing and going forward
The most hilarious thing that has happened to me is:
Umm I’m kind of boring 🤷‍♀️
It really means a lot when someone does this:
When someone outreaches and tells me I’ve inspired them or something I did or said helped them
My favorite social media account to follow is:
Anything with a cute animal!
The advice I would give to myself back at the beginning of this journey would be:
Change your diet and life style right away
Words of encouragement that I’d give to my fellow warriors are
Healing is possible! Trust yourself- you know your body best. You are your best advocate!
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1 Comment

  1. Terrybeise

    5th grade teacher: In fifth grade, my teacher loathed me. She would do anything to make me cry and sent me to the principle’s office any chance she got. Don’t believe me? I’m left handed. So still, to this day, I get my hands confused. On this particular day, we were doing the Pledge of Allegiance and I had put my left hand to my chest (it’s supposed to be your right hand over your heart). She got mad at me, telling me that I wasn’t being patriotic and sent me to the principal’s office. The principal and I were quite aquatinted at this point and so I told her why I was sent back to her office again, and she laughed. And laughed. I didn’t find it funny at all, I mean all the kids in my school thought I was a delinquent so they didn’t want to be my friend. My principal wrote on the back of my hands, L and R. What I didn’t realize was that she wrote L on my right hand and R on my left hand. She did the same to hers. Then, she walked me back to the classroom, and made our whole class redo the Pledge with our “right” hand, with me leading the class, and it was one of the happiest moments of my elementary experience.

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