Welcome to my blog! I’m Katie. I’m 30 and I live in Devon, England with my boyfriend and two rabbits. I’m a PhD student researching emotional disorders in children. I am a yogi.
When I was 16 I started to experience recurrent flare-ups of severe flu-like symptoms. As a teen and young adult, these flare-ups happened every month with my menstrual cycle. For a couple of years while at University, I had a sweet period of remission where I didn’t get sick.
And then one day, it came back with a vengeance, and for many years I experienced flu symptoms almost every day, to some extent or other. In December 2015 I was diagnosed with chronic reactivating Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), and at the same time, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a common condition that causes hormone imbalances in women. However, I never quite felt that these diagnoses were getting to the crux of the issue, and I continued to be very sick. In late 2016, after over 12 years of chronic health problems, I was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease.
As of 2018 I believe I am firmly on the road to recovery. But as many of you will know, this road is long and winding, and has some seriously bad-ass hills. What I do know, is that all of these experiences have made me infinitely stronger. Although I am not symptom-free yet, I am reaching a place where I actually feel thankful for Lyme disease. I have learned so much about the body, the mind, and about myself.
Above all else, I have learned that I am a warrior.