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50 Shades of Lyme

“When life gives you lemons (or Lyme)…God gives you Heroes and Rainbows”

Background of 50 Shades of Lyme…

My brother, Mike, thought of the title.  The title is catchy, humorous (like my family) and it is a sign of time period (popularity of the book, Fifty Shades of Grey) in which I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease.  When I told my dear friend, Becky, about my blog title and motto, she stated, “That is perfect, because you don’t think in grey, you only think in colors.”  With that being said, the purpose or goal of my writings is to help you see the rainbows in the midst of your storm and to help you smile through the pain.  Whether your pain is physical, emotional, or psychological; whether your pain is long term or short term; whether your pain is explainable or unexplainable.  I just want to make you smile.

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. 

(Proverbs 15:30)

The symbolism of the “lemons” in my life would be the 15 years of health problems, surgeries, and odd ailments that, unknowingly, were symptoms of Chronic Lyme Disease and tick-borne infections.

My brother, Mike(creator of title of 50 Shades of Lyme) and Steph and me. Paralyzed from the neck down due to Chronic Lyme-Dec.2012

My brother, Mike(creator of title of 50 Shades of Lyme) and Steph and me. Paralyzed from the neck down due to Chronic Lyme-Dec.2012

The 50 Shades of Lyme symbolizes the 50-100 various symptoms of Lyme Disease and that no two Lyme patients are the same. The universal shade/color symbolizing Lyme Disease is green. I like green, but purple is my favorite shade/color. Maybe you will find your shade/color too or maybe you will make your own.

The rainbow symbolizes my late Aunt Reenie who was like a second mother to me.  In 2006, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with a brain tumor and given 6 months to live.  She died with a gracious spirit and positive attitude.  I vow to honor her example of a positive attitude and outlook on life.

My Belove Aunt Reenie "My Rainbow"-Christmas 2006

My Beloved Aunt Reenie “My Rainbow”-Christmas 2006

The “Heroes” symbolize Kelly’s Heroes.  Kelly’s Heroes was created by my dear friends, Paul and Coleen Durand.

Coleen and Paul Durand-creators of Kelly's Heroes

Coleen and Paul Durand-creators of Kelly’s Heroes

It is the unconditional love and support that my friends, family, and community have given to me. It was and is the Heroes that were there for me when the medical world dismissed me.  It was and is the Heroes that cheered for me when I finally found a doctor that did the appropriate blood work and discovered what was wrong with me.  It was and is the Heroes that have laughed and cried with me on this agonizing road to recovery.  Kelly’s Heroes are my inspiration to fight, to recover, and to live “happily”…

Kelly's Heroes-My Lifeline

Kelly’s Heroes-My Lifeline

I would like to thank my brother-in-law, Rod, for the beautiful illustration on the Home page of this blog that encompasses everything I am trying to say about my Chronic Lyme voyage.  You have a God given gift.

Disclaimer:  The content of this blog reflects the views, opinions and experiences of the author only and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice.

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