Lyme disease recovery stories. Oh yes. It’s possible.

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I think I can, I think I can, I know I can!

As the old saying goes whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right. So in the spirit of such wisdom I’ve put together a list of some inspiring recovery stories from Lyme disease. Everyone seems to do it their own way, but they all share a unique drive to recover and have the patience, discipline and endurance to make it happen. Enjoy.
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The Eco-Phd – Kristina Honey 

Dr. Honey.

Dr. Honey.

The Woman: Kristina’s story is an inspiring one. She’s a traveller and adventurer and seems to be a lover of all things natural. Her commitment to her studies is obvious as she battled uphill against Lyme disease to finally get her doctorate. Refusing to believe that late-stage Lyme was incurable, Dr. Honey collaborated with other researchers and medical doctors to pioneer a novel treatment protocol using experimental nano-mineral treatments (nano-silver and nano-gold) with trace minerals for therapeutic support (oligotherapy) Good vibes resonate from this gal’s story and it’s great to see that she has fully recovered.

How it began: ‘In summer 1999 on Long Island, Maine, off the coast of Portland, Maine, I was bit by dozens of tiny deer ticks’. Before long what started out as skin and joint symptoms manifested as full on Lyme. After 10 years of up’s and down’s she finally got the right diagnosis and begin her treatment.
How she recovered: ‘The doctors began appropriate therapy for Lyme disease — cycling through high-doses of long-term antibiotics and anti-parasitic medications. Then, antibiotics & anti-fungals. Then, more & different combinations of antibiotics.’ in complement with alternative medicine (applied kinesiology — ART), homeopathic remedies, and life-style and diet changes like gluten free, GMO free, and low sugar. Kristina strongly believes in the importance of emotional, energetic, & spiritual healing — in complement with physical healing. She writes ‘I’m a PhD biologist with a PhD Minor in Civil & Environmental Engineering, so pretty quantitative & scientific — but the intangible, energetic, emotional & spiritual aspects of healing helped me more than anything physical, chemical & tangibly concrete.’ She found this approach particularly helpful because it empowered her as a patient to take charge of her own recovery.
How long it took her: 2.5 years
To what level she recovered: She describes herself as fully recovered and 100% Lyme free.
Further info: You can read Honey’s extended story here. Also the notes from her presentation about her recovery at the 2013 Integrative Lyme Solutions are available here.
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The Tennis Star – Sam Stosur

What a glorious backhand!

What a glorious backhand!

The Woman: Samantha Stosur is an Australian tennis champion. She won the US open in 2011 and has been ranked as high as number 4 in the world.

How it began: In 2007 she began getting a whole range of symptoms including inflamed glands, puffiness in the face and neck, a rash all over the body, extreme tiredness, headaches, body aches, swollen hands and feet.
How she recovered: After a huge range of tests in hospitals around the world she received the diagnosis of Lyme disease.  ‘I went on two weeks of oral antibiotics followed by four weeks of intravenous antibiotics twice a day, four days a week followed by another two weeks of oral antibiotics.’
How long it took her: Sam is one of the lucky ones receiving adequate care early on. Her whole journey with Lyme only seemed to last a matter of months. Her story is testimony to the fact that early detection and treatment really makes a huge difference. Hopefully its like this for everyone in the not to distant future.
To what level she recovered: Samantha says ‘On realising how dangerous Lyme can be I’m really glad I followed what the specialists told me and really took it slow to get back to normal. I think the thing that helped me a lot is that I was in the USA when I was eventually diagnosed. It is nearly impossible to know when I contracted it as I travelled through a number of European countries before falling ill in London. From there I went  to Australia where Lyme isn’t recognised and then back to the States.
Since  getting back to full health I have never felt any symptoms come back or relapsed in any way.’
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The Park Ranger – Jordan Fisher Smith

Jordan in the Wild.

Jordan in the Wild.

The Man: Jordan is a park ranger turned author who also featured in the documentary Under Our Skin. His story shows the courage needed to find the right treatment for a condition that is deeply misunderstood around the world. His perseverance pays off and after a roller coaster ride that he and his family endure together Jordan finally regains his wellbeing.

How he recovered: Jordan appeared to recover largely through antibiotic therapy under the guidance of 2 different LLMD’s in the United States.
How long it took him: 12 years in total with 9 years in treatment,
To what level he recovered:  ‘I’m still off antibiotics and I’m doing well. Thanks to my heroic physicians, I am recovered after a nine-year battle with tick-borne disease. And I am now contributing to society, working, and raising my kids.’
Further info: You can read Jordan’s latest update on the Under Our Skin website here and check out the website for his book Nature Noir here.

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The Aussie Legend – Phillip Jones

Philip getting his Silver on.

Philip getting his Silver on.

The Man: Phillip Jones is a 48 year old living on the East Coast of Australia. Yep. That’s all I got.

How it Began: ‘After a six-week stay in hospital during which he could hardly move or sleep, he emerged in a wheelchair.’ After a ride on the medical roundabout ‘an alternative medicine practitioner suggested that he had lyme, a bacterial disease not officially recognised as existing in Australia.’
To what level he recovered: ‘Yet four years later he’s finally feeling normal, he’s surfing again, playing golf and doing yoga at least five days a week.’
How he recovered:  ‘Mr Jones combined heavy doses of antibiotics, Chinese herbs, acupuncture yoga, meditation and a Peruvian rainforest herb. He swears by daily dosages of colloidal silver, an alternative treatment claimed to be a blood cleanser.’
How long it took him: 4 years from start to finish.
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The Patient turned Healer – Heather

Feeling furry and fantastic.

Feeling furry and fantastic.

The Woman: Heather lives in the United States and has undergone an epic journey to fully recover from Lyme disease. She was mentored along the way by Perry Fields.

How it began: After a childhood tick bite  Heather suffered severe anxiety and depersonalisation through her teenage years.  She eventually visited a LLMD and was finally diagnosed with Lyme at age 26.
To what level she recovered: Heather describes herself as full recovered.
How she recovered: Heather took an extended course of antibiotics, then stopped this and used a very comprehensive alternative medicine protocol to recover. She employed a 3 Phase treatment approach outlined here. Spiritually also appeared to take a play an important part in her recovery.
How long it took: I haven’t been able to determine exactly how long it took Heather to recover but I gather it was at least 2 years, potentially more.
Further info: You can check out Heathers recovery protocol here. She has also offers health and wellness coaching.
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The Better Health Guy – Scott Forsgren

A.K.A Better Health Guy.

A.K.A Better Health Guy.

 

The Man: Scott is a friend that I have connected with through his website Better Health Guy, a website which provides a whole heap of very valuable information concerning Lyme disease and recovering from chronic illness. He is very diligent in his approach and frequents a large array of conferences on Lyme and its surrounding topics and shares these notes through his site. I highly recommend checking them out. He seems to be a good example of someone doing everything within their power to recover and I’m grateful to have crossed his path.

How it began: Scott first became chronically ill in 1997 and after a 3 year bout with wide range of symptoms  managed to recover his health. In 2004 however he became unwell once more and after extensive investigations finally ended up with a diagnosis of Lyme.
To what level he has recovered: As of late 2013 Scott described himself as 95% recovered and still working on that last 5%. He continues to treat himself largely with herbs and other natural options. He also manages to balance the demands of a highly popular website with an intensive day job and seems like he manages to squeeze in some fun along the way.
How he recovered: Scott has employed a vast array of modalities along the way but it seems the core of his regime is a combination of detoxification support, antimicrobial therapy, emotional work, inflammation reduction, energetic therapies and EMF mitigation. He cites Dr. Klinghardt as a key mentor (among many) along the way and makes use of Autonomic Response Testing to fine tune his protocol.
How long it has taken him: Around 8 years since his Lyme diagnosis to reach 95% recovered.
Further info: You can find Scott’s full story here and his current supplement list on this page.  Much of what he has learned along the way can be found in the slides from a presentation he gave entitled “Insights From The Journey of a Lifetime” which can be found here

 

The Track Athlete -Perry Fields

One tough lady. She didn't take her diagnosis lying down.

One tough lady. She didn’t take her diagnosis lying down.

The Woman: Perry is a track and field athlete from the US. She has become a bit of a personality in the Lyme community and hopes to do for Lyme what Lance Armstrong did for Prostate cancer. Championing holistic healing modalities to recover (and improve upon) her own health has been the inspiration for many others to do the same.

How it began: A tick bite in college.
How she recovered: Perry employed a very wide range of alternative modalities.
How long it took her: Perry fell ill in 2005 and described herself as cured by 2009.
To what level she recovered: 100%. Perry has returned to professional athletics and says her times are better than ever.
Further info: She recounts her story in the book Tick Slayer. More information here. You can also find a copy of her recovery plan for sale on her website.

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The U2 Tour Gal –  Dana Walsh

Dana is the one on the left.

Dana is the one on the left.

The Woman: Dana is one of the leading ladies in the documentary Under Our Skin. She has earned the nick name the U2 tour gal amongst people who I’ve talked to about the movie as this is her job during the filming. Her story is heartfelt and expressed the loneliness of feeling the walking wounded and enduring the difficulties of an invisible illness. There are touches of a Hollywood ending to her story as she meets her dream Doctor, regains a large part of her health and wellbeing and also falls in love. Go Dana!

How she recovered: Following Dr. Klinghardts protocol of immune modulation, detoxification and antimicrobials.
How long it took her: 2.5 years to see significant improvement.
To what level she recovered: In her latest update on the Under our skin website Dana describes herself as 85% recovered.
More info: Dana’s latest update from the Under our skin blog can be found here.

But wait. There’s more:

Got a recovery story you’d care to share?

Can you thing of any stories I should add?

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29 Responses to Lyme disease recovery stories. Oh yes. It’s possible.
  1. cyndi
    August 16, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    As a fellow recovering Lymie, I really appreciate this post. Best of luck to you.

  2. Romina
    December 4, 2013 | 5:54 pm

    great website! How are you doing now?

  3. Popa ioana Carmen
    February 26, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    As a newly diagnosed Lyme disease sufferer already on high dose antibiotics I find (as I did through my whole life) great relief in it and very inspirational to me.thank you.

    • Joe
      May 1, 2014 | 10:06 am

      Thanks Popa!

  4. Google
    June 9, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    Wow, that’s what I was seeking for, what a stuff!
    existing here at this webpage, thanks admin of this web site.

  5. Audrey
    July 19, 2014 | 1:07 am

    Thanks so much for this! It’s important to keep a positive attitude when fighting this disease.

    • Joe
      August 8, 2014 | 7:25 pm

      No worries Audrey! Hope you’re feeling great today :)

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  7. Kristin
    August 27, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    It’s a beautiful gift to share hope! I suffered very acutely for several years with my Lyme/co’s. Now that i am well I dedicated most of my time to educating and helping others. I’d be happy to share my story here is you are looking for additional success stories. We can all have our vitality back!

    • Joe
      September 5, 2014 | 11:04 am

      Hey Kristin thanks for the kind words!
      I’d love to add you to the list. How do you feel about capturing your story in the same format as the others and sending it to me Joe’at’cfsrecoverypath.com. Lets get the hope out there :)

    • Emilie Phelps
      November 11, 2016 | 11:56 am

      Kristin please share your success story! I need to hear about more positive outcomes to get my hopes up!

    • Karen
      December 2, 2016 | 11:36 am

      I would love to speak with you. My son just started treatment and was misdiagnosed for many years. Speaking to someone who has been successful would give so much inspiration. I just read an article that scared me today and it would be great to hear something positive

  8. Jen
    September 18, 2014 | 4:26 pm

    Thanks for this informative and inspiring post! Would I be able to share it on my blog?

    • Joe
      December 11, 2014 | 5:50 am

      Sure :)

  9. Judy
    March 14, 2015 | 2:38 pm

    I have had lymes for at least 22 years that I know of, of course the test that I have had has been negative, what I would like to know is #1 how do find a doctor willing to treat you, and how do you afford it,

  10. Candace Ray
    April 24, 2015 | 10:24 pm

    Ian healthy and recovered. I was on the lYme roller coaster for over 12 years. Finally I took control of my health plan five years ago. I made it my personal goal to beat this disease. I followed Dr. Klinghardt and the betterhealthguy and I have been Lyme free for over a year. I am healthier today than I was 12 years ago. The most important thing I want to share is that You can get better. There is not enough information on positive stories! Thank you for this website! I feel often times healing is based on your emotional ability to regain your health. Believe in yourself and yourself and your bodies ability to heal! You have the power to be well believe and it will happen!

  11. Katie Beecher
    April 29, 2015 | 7:21 pm

    I am a newly diagnosed Medical Intuitive who started detected a cluster of Lyme in my clients. I decided I should have myself checked out again by my naturopath and discovered I have had it for many years. I would be much sicker if I had not been on the anti-inflammatory diet and supplements I have taken for years. I am treating with herbals, colloidal silver and Rife and after a very short time (a month and a half), my levels of Lyme, Erlichia, mycoplasma, other bugs, toxicity and CFS are already showing a reduction.

  12. Stephen Parker
    May 31, 2015 | 3:28 am

    Extremely encouraging accounts and responses! I am battling Lyme after 2 recent bites and a history of prior tick assaults. I now know and accept that I probably had a latent or suppressed level of Lyme symptoms for many years. It took the recent bites, which triggered a multitude of reactions, to make me confront the truth. I am currently taking mega-doses of antibiotics but have realized that this approach alone provides only periodic reductions of the various symptoms. I have compiled voluminous information from multiple sources and will be tackling this with a regimen of homeopathic, naturopathic, approaches. My diet has been low carb, non-GMO, organically based for years so I have a head start in that respect! I live in New Hampshire (USA), a highly endemic state. It seems that just about everyone I speak to in my region has been either bitten or is finding ticks on them all the time! The local doctors are woefully ignorant about this crisis.

  13. gina kelly
    June 15, 2015 | 4:24 am

    My name is Gina and I’ve been suffering from Lyme Disease for the past 20 years. It wasn’t until 2 years ago that I was given my lyme diagnosis. While I was happy to finally have a diagnosis, I was devastated to have it be lyme. I had been so hopeful during my journey to recover, but as time goes on and symptoms continue to compound and persist, I’m really beginning to struggle. Like many I have lyme, mold, metals, parasites etc. My most recent challenge is the weakness and tremors in my legs. Can anyone please help me understand why this may be and offer a little hope that this symptom may be reversed. Im so scared. Any help you can offer, would be greatly appreciate it.

    Please feel free to contact me at gmkelly@mho.com

  14. Guest
    June 17, 2015 | 7:50 pm

    Except for Sam Stosur, because her lyme was caught early, none of these patients are cured or run at the high % wellness level they stated in 2013. I know personally 3 of the lyme patients in this article who are still symptomatic. If they were being honest, their % of healing and wellness continues to fluctuate up and down. One month were running at 80% wellness and the next day the ambush flare hits and were down for the count for a month running at lower percent. We need these familiar faces to be honest with their continued chronic lyme journey. We are all recovering, yes, but not cured. At this time in 2015 there is still no cure for chronic lyme. You are doing us no favors by stating your cured or constantly running at a high % wellness. I used to follow many of these lyme patients but stopped because they stick to their high % wellness or “cured” stance when its clear they are sick and their health and wellness is fluctuating. None of with chronic lyme can stay at a high percentage all the time. 95% Scott F, really?? Please stop sending the wrong message and giving false hope until a cure is found. Until than tell us what you are doing to optimize your health and wellbeing like Dana does.

  15. James Adlington
    June 17, 2015 | 8:08 pm

    I have been bitten by ticks over 20odd years with a huge bulls eye rash on my chest. That was 6 years ago now and my gp refuses to recognise Lyme disease. He says it only occours on Face book. I am treating my symptoms with herbs etc but I get severe attacks regularly. My last attack left me physically unable to walk. My legs could not hold me up. I am 56 years old exhausted and scared.

  16. Christina Riggs
    September 18, 2015 | 10:27 pm

    Thank you Joe for sharing your story and inspiring others.
    I consider myself to be about 95% symptom-free.
    Here is my story –
    http://keysforhealing.com/story-of-lyme-disease/
    Hugs,
    Christina

  17. Dan Neuffer
    September 24, 2015 | 12:25 am

    Hi Joe
    You might also like to add Katina’s story to the mix. Here is an interview about her recovery:

    http://cfsunravelled.com/katina-makris-chronic-lyme-disease-fibromyalgia-syndrome-recovery/

  18. LAURA
    December 23, 2015 | 7:07 pm

    Thanks for posting positive news.
    I keep reading over and over that if you found your lyme late it will ALWAYS cause problems. I have to have hope that is not true.

  19. Andrew
    February 4, 2016 | 5:02 pm

    I’m not a famous celebrity, but I am 90% healed from Lyme after 6 months. I attribute my success to a multi-pronged approach – spirituality, nutrition, and consistency. Thank you for the great article.

  20. marian
    July 10, 2016 | 6:27 am

    I so needed to read this today. I’m really unwell and depressed. You do not find many success stories on lyme disease and i started to lose hope. Especially when you have hours of anxiety.
    Thanks again for this. I’m literally just hanging on.

  21. Alan Foos
    September 24, 2016 | 7:33 am

    THANK YOU. Took me 47 years before I narrowed it down to Lyme. It was real tough for the first 11, and real Hell for the next 5. The last place you should go for any kind of help or diagnostics is a doctor. Worse yet, only this year did I discover that my wife had it, too. She was infected in Montana in the 50s or 60s, so black ticks are definitely not the only carriers. We also had three children with congenital Lyme. This is no time for stories, it’s a terrible tragedy and the medical industry and government are as guilty as any brotherhood of butchers. Everybody’s lives have been entirely destroyed. I’ve recovered fairly well since 1985, though wouldn’t say I’m cured. In the last four months since finding out for certain it was Lyme, I’ve written a book about it. You might call it a horror story. To find out more, visit http://foosresearch.com

  22. Karina
    October 19, 2016 | 11:27 pm

    Thank you so much for compiling this list. It’s so helpful to be going through treatment read about people who have recovered. I helps me have hope that my life is not lost forever.

  23. Lora S
    March 21, 2017 | 5:45 pm

    I was unable to recover successfully from Lyme’s via antibiotics. However, eventually I had a couple of wonderful non-medical doctors who recommended vitamins and supplements to me. After 8 weeks on high doses of Vit D3, Magnesium, K2, and B6, my Lyme’s was finally just memory cells (non-active) and I felt wonderful, the best I had ever felt in my whole life.

    I was originally diagnosed with Lyme’s at around 18 years old, but may have had Lyme’s from birth or childhood. Therefore, I lived almost 20 years with known active Lyme’s on and off antibiotics before the 8 weeks of vitamins finally fixed it. I am now on a much healthier path and keep up on supplements as well. It has been two years now and I am still Lyme’s free. I think the key for me was to strengthen the immune system.

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Welcome! I'm Joe and my vision is to empower people with the knowledge they need to take control of their health. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) in 2003 and recently added Lyme disease to that diagnosis in 2012. I'm on a path to recovery and I invite you to join me..... P.S. It's best to never take anything I say too seriously. In fact I reckon it's best to never take anything too seriously!