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It really does. But don’t just take it from me. Take it from all these folks I’ve interviewed who were super sick for years with Lyme and other tick-borne nastiness. Bedridden. Couldn’t think. Couldn’t read. In relentless pain. And now are totally well and back to their careers full time, getting married—even hiking!

I get it. I know how much you want to give up. You’ve been going through this forever. Maybe it took years to convince doctors you weren’t just depressed. And all those specialists who drained your bank account in exchange for a worthless stack of misdiagnoses. Not to mention all the alternative treatments you’ve tried. I’ve so been there. But you can’t give up. Let these stories show you there's a life worth living for after Lyme.

At your darkest, sickest moments, you don’t need to be Googling treatment options and further overwhelm your brain-fogged brain. Yes, treatments get you better but hope will keep you going through them. These interviews are here to give you concrete hope that your hard work of healing will pay off. And if these folks can do it, you can too.



There was a time—okay, many times—when I wanted to give up in my struggle with chronic Lyme disease. After two-and-a-half years of dragging my super sick and tired body on the New York City subway system from doctor to doctor (alone, I might add), I finally got diagnosed with Lyme and a number of co-infections. At first it was a relief to find out what was wrong with me. See, this isn’t all in my head! But then I started treatment. And I don’t have to tell you how rough that can be.

I ended up leaving my awesome life in NYC to move back home. This was my low. Late at night I scrolled through my Facebook feed and watched my friends get engaged, have babies—go on trips! This was not what I planned for in my life. So, I Googled. I just needed one story, one person who’d gone through this too and got to the other side. But all my Google searches came up with were horror stories—"you'll never get better!"—and worse.

BUT this isn’t the whole story. There are people in remission from tough cases of chronic Lyme. They have their lives, jobs, and friends back. And are back on track with their life goals and dreams.


Around that time when I felt so behind in my life—and so sick—a family friend put me in touch with a woman in remission from a long struggle with Lyme. I remember so vividly that phone call with Antone in my childhood bedroom where I’d been spending the majority of my days in bed. The first thing she said to me was, “You’re going to get better, but it may take a while.” That I could live with! Antone shared her story with me (read it on the blog) and that one conversation pulled me through the following tough years of treatments.

Now that I believe without a shadow of a doubt that I’ll recover completely, I’ve created the place on the Internet I needed to find when I Googled for hope at my sickest and most desperate moments. There’s a lot of information in these interviews about various treatments, and it’s not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or to further overwhelm you. It’s meant to show you how discovering your own unique journey will lead you back to health. It’s meant to empower you to do so, and to give you proof that you can.

You deserve to heal fully. You deserve happiness. You deserve to be able to follow your dreams.

This isn’t the end of your story.


Keep going!





To read more about my journey with tick-borne disease, check out my writing featured in BuzzFeed, Elle, and Catapult. And connect with me on Twitter and Instagram: @anasaldamando.