Faces of Lyme: Beth's Story
My name is Beth. I am a victim of Chronic Lyme Disease, but I intend to change that.
Before Lyme deprived me of my ability to work, I was a hardball lawyer and a single mother. I was a day-to-day warrior who always knew how to keep things in control. Now, everything has been turned upside-down.
It feels as though everything is spiraling out of control. Due to my illness, I can no longer provide myself or my family with reliable income. Even though I have a fantastic education and an incredible amount of experience, I'm just not healthy enough to do the job. Because I can't provide a stable home for them right now, my children are living with a relative. It has been far too long since I've seen them.
Though I will be seeing a Lyme-literate doctor shortly, I am not sure how I'm going to pay for that treatment. I am attempting to get disability, but it's a long and convoluted process. It is imperative that I begin treatment as soon as physically possible, because I am currently expecting another child. I cannot let anything happen to this baby.
At the moment, I'm staying with a member of my family who does not understand Lyme and refuses to get educated, despite all attempts. Due to his lack of sympathy, I will not be welcome here much longer.
I am currently searching for a place to live, and am hoping I can find somewhere I'd be cohabiting with other members of the Lyme community. If you know anyone in the Santa Ana area, please email me at email@example.com.
--As told to Ginger by Beth
Beth also has a wealth of experience in the legal, nursing and veterinary tech fields. If you need advice from an expert in any one of these areas, your are more than welcome to Ask Beth!
If you would like to see your story included in Lemon & Lyme's Faces Of Lyme, please email Ginger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if you're not sure what to say, or aren't confident in your writing skills, let us know if you're willing to share.
We'll help you the rest of the way through the process!