Okay, I've been reading all the stories about the numerous celebrities with Lyme disease. It's making me nervous.
Usually when celebrities come forward about illnesses, it's a good thing. It brings awareness and sometimes financial support for more research. But with Lyme, I fear the opposite is going to happen. I'm afraid the medical community will cast an even more suspicious eye towards regular people suffering with Lyme and will think they're all hypochondriacs trying to get attention with the latest celebrity fad, as if they're copying a celebrity hairstyle or something.
Unless you have a perfectly legitimate CDC approved positive ELISA and Western blot or a textbook presentation of a bull's eye rash following a known tick bite, then you already have a lot to prove to the conventional medical doctors. For many of us, our symptoms cannot be confirmed or validated by any conventionally approved medical tests, either. That's scary.
As messed up as our medical system is and as willfully ignorant as many of our medical providers are, we still need them. Not just a primary care doctor, either, but specialists, too. Lyme can cause all sorts of damage to multiple body systems. I'm hoping to avoid full-blown disease and destruction, but I know many have already experienced that, and some have had to have surgery for things. You don't go to a cardiologist, neurologist, or rheumatologist and keep silent and never tell them you have Lyme disease, do you?