Kendal K. from California
How long do you believe you have had Lyme/tick-borne illness?
Over 10 years, but I was diagnosed only 3 years ago.
How long did it take you to get a diagnosis?
About 3 years.
Did you see multiple doctors before you were diagnosed with Lyme? If so, what types?
So many doctors!!!! I cannot even recount them all—rheumatologist, neurologist, physical therapist, naturopath, pediatrician, and more.
Were you diagnosed with anything else before Lyme? If so, what?
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Syndrome, but really I had Lyme disease all along.
Anything else you would like to share about trying to find a diagnosis:
I wish more doctors showed compassion about my symptoms and didn’t criticize me or berate me for “trying to get attention” or “being dramatic.” All I wanted was relief from my immense daily physical pain. I am so thankful for finally receiving a diagnosis and finding doctors who support me in my healing journey.
How long have you been treating Lyme for?
Do you have any coinfections? If so, which ones?
Babesia and Bartonella.
What types of treatments have you tried?
Antibiotics, injections, IVs, pills, drops, but now natural remedies…(and of course, diet!).
List up to 5 of your biggest (past or current) symptoms:
Headaches, joint pain, fatigue, dizziness, and stomach issues.
What is the biggest way that Lyme has affected your life?
It has given me purpose. I decided to study entomology (insects) and nutrition science in college (I will begin UC Davis in the fall) because of my Lyme disease and the passions it stirred within me. Also, I plan to conduct research on how food impacts illness treatment, especially Lyme disease. I also started my blog and brand, HealthandHighHeels.org to inspire and encourage others to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
What do you wish people knew about Lyme Disease?
Although I look normal externally, my pain is invisible and internal; because of this, it is always important to show others compassion since you never know the battles they fight.
Any advice for someone newly diagnosed with Lyme?
Don’t give up hope, and try diet and natural remedies as much as possible!
Fun fact time! What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not attending to your Lyme?
Develop recipes for my blog, HealthandHighHeels.org, or discover healthy restaurants.
To find out more about Kendal's journey, you may find her in the following ways:
- Blog: HealthandHighHeels.org
- Instagram: @healthandhighheels
- Twitter: @HealthHighHeels
- Facebook: @HealthandHighHeels