Katherine K. from Florida
How long do you believe you have had Lyme/tick-borne illness?
Bit at age 22…I got sick at age 23.
How long did it take you to get a diagnosis?
Only about 7 months.
Did you see multiple doctors before you were diagnosed with Lyme? If so, what types?
Went to the ER twice, saw many generic doctors, 2 gynecologists and a urologist.
Were you diagnosed with anything else before Lyme? If so, what?
Urinary Tract Infection and sciatica.
Anything else you would like to share about trying to find a diagnosis:
I had some weird symptoms to start with. Lyme can affect parts of your body that are weaker--I began with UTI-like symptoms (I have a history of childhood UTIs). Do not let doctors give you antibiotic after antibiotic. It will make your stomach very upset. The key to getting better is finding a proper LLMD.
How long have you been treating Lyme for?
2 years and 8 months.
Do you have any coinfections? If so, which ones?
I think I might have Babesia.
What types of treatments have you tried?
Honestly, clean eating has been a life-saver for me. I mostly rely on vitamins (my LLMD has me on "Smarty Pants Pre-Natal" gummies for the folic acid and it doesn't upset my stomach) and supplements. I take cat’s claw, parsley, and magnesium at night and detox every single day. Liposomal gluthatione and Burbur-Pinellas detox is also a life-saver.
List up to 5 of your biggest (past or current) symptoms:
Chest pain, ears ringing, sudden fatigue (usually passes and is due to stress).
What is the biggest way that Lyme has affected your life?
I've learned how to be a better version of me!
Fun fact time! What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not attending to your Lyme?
Skate, surf, enjoy the Florida sunshine. When I'm feeling good enough, I work at the Kennedy Space Center as an Educator.
For more on Katherine’s journey, you may find her on Instagram as @launch_lyme.