My name is Mikaela and I've been battling lyme disease since the day I was born. It took me 16 years to get a diagnosis, and now I'm 18. Many people think lyme isn't a big deal, and many doctors don't even believe chronic lyme disease exists, but they're wrong. Lyme is dangerous. I'm 100% wheelchair-dependent and can't walk at all, I can barely get out of bed most days, I'm in the ER at least once a month (usually with symptoms that make it look like I am having a stroke), I get IV treatments 3 times a week through a port in my chest, heck, I've even developed an extremely rare delusional disorder called cotard's syndrome that makes me literally believe that I am genuinely dead for periods of time, and I have mitochondrial dysfunction from a prior misdiagnosis followed by a medical injury. I even completely lost my ability to speak for 4 whole months earlier this year because the lyme attacked my brain. All this because of a tiny little tick.
You can bet I'm not going down without a fight, though. I spend every spare minute I have shouting from the rooftops the truth about lyme disease, and I keep up my strength by singing to all my favorite Broadway songs, especially 'Hamilton, and cosplaying (usually as my favorite Star Wars character Ahsoka Tano).
But what I really need is for people to be more aware. Lyme disease is everywhere and nobody knows it because nobody pays attention. So, please, look it up. Learn the facts. Get tested if you've ever had any unexplained symptoms any time in your post, whether you've had a lyme rash or not. Most people have it and don't even realize it till it's too late. With your help, we can show lyme who's boss!
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