I was functioning - barely, but I was functioning - until I got further into my treatments. Around the 3rd or 4th month, things got really bad with herxing and I ended up a lot worse off than before I started treatments. It's really quite common to herx like what you experienced - my experience was a little over the top.
There are all kinds of article that blast chronic Lyme patients and the LLMD's. You have to see them for what they are though - attempts to discredit both parties. They don't want this information (that we are here and are real with real diseases that are still ongoing) to get out, so they try to discredit us.
You can try to educate your Aunt, but please realize she is likely only hearing the "stuff" that is being spewed out by CDC and IDSA about
these infections, and not the other side of it. She would likely remember the AIDS epidemic, and you can use that to help explain that's what's happening with us as well - many AIDS activists have said so now.
There are some great articles listed on page 2 of the 'new to Lyme' thread that may be of help as well.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New set of infections 8/2014 - still treating.
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