Chuk Roll-Lyme Warrior
My journey began like most journeys with lyme disease do... It started with a list of symptoms including fever, joint pain, headaches, swollen feet, brain fog, pink eye and many others. Getting a diagnosis, proved to be a challenge. After countless tests, doctors, months, and my wife(Becca) pushing for a lyme test, I was finally diagnosed with lyme disease. I was also diagnosed with Mycoplasma and Bartonella(coinfections of lyme). This was a blessing to have a diagnosis, but also a curse, we had no where to turn, no one to help us.
Getting treatment was the next challenge. A local doctor tried and did what he could to help me, but it was not enough. Through many phone calls and lots of research, Becca was able to find a doctor in Pennsylvania. The journey did not get easier! I had to travel to Pennsylvania once a month for almost four years(Thanks to my dad and Becca for company on those rides). During treatment, my symptoms at times got worse, sometimes better, mostly worse. It was hard to keep going! It felt like it was never going to end! I had to force myself to make it through each day, while fearing that I was going to miss my girls growing up. I just wanted to be somewhat normal again. I did't realize how important my health was until I didn't have it.
Today, I'm here, I'm happy, I'm much much better! The journey was long! I am better and you can be too, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Stay focused, stay positive, and never give up!
Lyme WNY has giving me an opportunity to pay it forward, to be able to help others like I was helped. Lyme WNY is a great resource for information and support for those who need it. I would like to thank the members of Lyme WNY, my friends, my family, and especially Becca for never leaving my side!