I considered starting this blog many times, but I wasn't sure that it would be useful. Then I Googled "Pregnancy and Lyme Disease" for the millionth time and was appalled, yet again, at how little information there is on the subject. What's even more disappointing is that the majority of articles written haven't been updated since the early nineties, and a hell of a lot has changed since then.
I frequent the Lyme forums and sites that are available, but to be honest, as comforting as it is to talk to others who are in the same boat, I get frustrated with the countless people who are adamant about their treatment protocols, claiming that, "this way is the right way...you must exercise even if you feel like dying...you must not exercise at all...what you need is a good coffee enema...IV treatment is the way to go...you're on too many drugs--keep it natural..." It goes on and on.
That said, I don't know the magic secret to curing Lyme Disease, especially when it's chronic and so late in the game our bodies are destroyed. Sadly, even with all the current medical advancements, there's still so much to learn about the disease, and it's just now starting to be taken seriously. That's why I'm not going to offer my medical speculation. What I can do is offer my story as it unfolds, in case any of you find yourselves pregnant in the midst of the nightmare that is Lyme Disease.
I'll go through nine months of symptoms, fears, accomplishments, setbacks, treatment, and I will report back, word for word, what I learn from my doctors about Lyme Pregnancy.
I am a mother and writer with Chronic Lyme, on the road to acceptance and recovery. I was bitten in 1996, diagnosed 2008. I am living proof that it is possible to live meaningfully and have happy, healthy children while battling this terrible disease.