Shelly497, So sorry you have Lyme Disease and are feeling so very bad…even took a one year of absence from work!!
The protocol your LLMD has you on…does it include any detoxing? Detoxing has helped me tremendously.
You wrote that your LLMD says, "it will be at least a year before I start feeling better". You are young, only 22, so you have that going for you and that's a big plus; you could start feeling better much sooner than that.
What are the things you enjoy doing? I encourage you to keep doing them as much as is physically possible. Doing the things you enjoy will give you joy and energy. I know how it feels to be so sick you can't hardly get out of bed, but it is worth it to keep living life in the midst of suffering, even though it is not easy. Sure you are sick of being sick, but imagine each day is one day closer to your total healing.
And do simple things that do not require much…for ideas go the the HealingWell thread titled, "Stressed--what helps you? Let's help each other!" Here is the linkwww.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=1818081
Although the topic is stress, people give some very good ideas on things to do.
Keep hopeful!! Just said a prayer for you.