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A month has gone by since my last health update. At this point, I consider myself healed of lyme disease! In the past I asked the lyme specialist doctor if there's a way to test to see for certain the lyme is gone, but he said there isn't. So, I go on my inner wisdom, which tells me that it's gone and now I simply need to continue healing from all that the lyme brought with it.

We're still not comfortable sharing what we've been learning and doing to help move my body into an even healthier state, but it's obviously working. I've been able to go back to daily living, for the most part, without much assistance at all. I've organized the house again (Jim and KDcaT were busy caring for me and the house wasn't the top priority for the past half a year), caught up on all of the laundry, responded to all of my email that had been piling up, and I've been able to be more social again. The biggest improvements are that I can now prepare my own food without experiencing any pain, and I can dress myself with only minimal assistance at times! BIG improvements!

Here's a list of some things I am currently healing from. These issues arose from lyme, and now that I'm cured from it, my body can recover from the residual effects of the disease.

  • Weight Gain: ?The lyme bacteria attacked my thyroid, causing my numbers to nearly triple in only one month ... resulting in hypothyroidism. I've gained about 20 pounds over the past half a year (for those wondering, it didn't come after I experimented with the cooked veggies I talked about last month). I was upset at first that I was gaining weight, but I know the raw diet helps my weight stabalize. I know my body will recover from this temporary weight gain. I'm not going to say it's pleasant to see excess weight on my body, though!

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  • Muscle Loss:? Since my shoulders and arms were in severe pain, I rarely moved them. It was impossible to move my arms most of the time without crippling over in pain and tears. As a result, my shoulders became locked/frozen and I experienced severe muscle loss. From my shoulders down to my elbows, the muscle is barely there. My arms look sickly, especially in the shoulder area. Of all the things that lyme brought with it, this is the most upsetting to me. My upper arms look like those of an eldery woman who doesn't have any strength left ... all skin and bones. I do know that with a lot of effort on my part, I'll be able to rebuild the muscle again.

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  • Saggy Skin: ?With the loss of muscle came the terrible result of saggy skin. The entire time I was regaining my health on the raw food diet, I never had the saggy skin (something many people fear when losing close to 100 pounds). I was amazed at how quickly the skin responded to the change in diet and weight loss. Now, however, the muscle loss has left me with saggy skin in my upper arms. Again, my arms look like those of an elderly woman. I'm hoping as I build the muscle the skin will no longer sag.

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  • Minimized Range of Motion:? The range of motion I have in my shoulders is extremely minimized. I probably should have taken some videos to show you just how locked my arms were at the worst point. Since I've healed from the lyme, however, I've been able to slowly increase the range of motion a little at a time. Jim created a fantastic pulley system for me, so that I can stretch my arms as far as they'll go. The range is increasing a little more every day (which is why I can now dress myself with very little assistance these days!).

It's amazing to me that, until the point when I decided to surrender to the path I was on with this disease, I was in extreme misery. My life was dark, overflowing with fear, pain, frustration, helplessness, and so much more. Once I decided to surrender and see where this journey took me, when I began embracing the experience with a deep love, everything started falling into place. I've learned so much about myself, about health, and much, much more! The journey isn't over, as I still have a lot of recovering to do, but I'm past the painful part and feeling bright and filled with even more light and love than I was prior to the lyme bacteria entering my body. Am I thankful that I've experienced lyme disease? On some level, I think I am. However, I'm also very thankful that I'm now cured from lyme and all that's left is recovery from the disease!

Original Comments

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On February 1, 2010, Jim Dee wrote:

forgot to attribute the second photo... The Indian woman dancing in from Flickr user "quinn.anya" (creative commons license).

On February 1, 2010, bitt wrote:

thank you so much for sharing. congrats on being free and clear of lyme! is it the kind of disease that once it goes away, it goes for good

i can relate to the pain issues you describe. maybe i am grateful a littel bit that mine comes and goes because i do end up using my arms when it doesn't hurt. i was mad at myself for doing this instead of just resting but i won't be now.

thank you for being brave enough to admit that you got sick even though you were on the raw diet. someone recently attacked me on my blog for being sick even though i eat raw foods. little do they know how it could be a lot worse without the healing of raw foods.

On February 1, 2010, Joanna_Steven wrote:

I'm so happy for you, you can't even imagine :) I wish you lots of courage as you recover, and I wish you a very speedy recovery! <3 Joanna.

On February 1, 2010, Chris wrote:

So happy to read this and praying that your full and complete recovery will come much faster than anyone imagines it can!

On February 2, 2010, TerriDactyl wrote:

Good Girl!

Declaring and feeling, "I am cured" is the cure. I love it Wendi.

Let me tell you why I am greatful to your lyme disease.
1. You feel brighter, and are filled with more light and love than before.
2. It gave me a chance to see you as I see myself, as a flawed human and relate, instead of seeing you as someone who could do something (be 100% raw) that I could never do. For example, I could never see Markus Rothcranz as anything other than an alien.
3. I got to know Jim as more than just an example of a raw foodist, I see him as human, and a loving and caring human at that.
4. You now know so much more spiritually and mentally about surrender and that can only help me in the long run.
5. You now know so much about healing and I am very much looking forward to the time when you are comfortable sharing what you've learned with me.

I love you Wendi. All of you, which is to say that with your painful experience, you are the you that I love.

Terri

On February 2, 2010, Patricia Robinett wrote:

WONDERFUL, wendy!!! bodies are extremely resilient... yours will bounce back in no time. i thought you might like this quote from *a course in miracles* since it appears you have done it... CONGRATULATIONS, darlin!!!

"It takes great learning to understand that all things, events, encounters and circumstances are helpful." ACIM Teacher's Manual 4.I Trust

On February 2, 2010, rrnancyr wrote:

Wendi, I am so happy to hear how much you have improved. My daughter that I wrote you about in Jan. is back at college and doing pretty well. She still has good and bad days. Her worst thing now is her right hand, which she could hardly use. ShHe is able to use it a little more without pain. We do have an appointment with a Lyme's specialist in MaArch when she is home on spring break.

Thanks for all your help, Nancy

On February 2, 2010, colleenmccauley wrote:

TerriDactyl!!!! You have just beautifully stated so many things I was thinking and could never have said it better than you.

Wendi, I am truly overjoyed to hear this good report. You are such an inspiring person to me. I will wait patiently for the time that you feel you can reveal the things that brought you to this glorious point in your healing journey. You are a shining light. Much love to you! ~Colleen~

On February 2, 2010, Vita wrote:

This sounds similar to what l have gone through with fibromyalgia. l was tested for Lyme, as well. The raw food diet l've been on for the last year helped a lot, but l am no in a bad flare-up for no reason l can determine. l hope this one passes quickly, it's been tough few weeks. l might also suggest EFT, it has helped me. My heart goes out to you, Wendi. l commend you for the insight your healing path has brought you. l agree, we must listen to our inner voice to heal ourselves.

On February 2, 2010, sherylmiller wrote:

Fabulous Wendi,
I strongly beleive that our inner wisdom gives us many answers to life's questions but it is up to us whether we hear them or not.
Thanks so much for sharing your, what would of been very personal details, with your Pure Jeevan family.

Those was some lovely words that Terri has written.

What has just come to my while I was writing this is that sometimes when I am sick determines my faith in my healing process.

I look forward to many posts.
sheryl miler
canberra
australia

On February 2, 2010, debbiedoesraw wrote:

Such Awesome news!
I cannot wait to hear what you did to move that Lyme out of your precious body. Remember Wendi, the body is just the vehicle for the soul, you are still you, no matter what you look like from the outside!
love you
deb

On February 2, 2010, DebB wrote:

This is fantastic news Wendi!! I am so happy for you ~ cured from lyme - I am all smiles!

Something that I have found SO beneficial to me the past 2 months has been massage therapy. My current therapist is my third and she's a gifted healer. She is breaking up adhesions on my muscles and such and really giving me a lot of relief. She said it was like glue in there.

This isn't a feel good spa massage - this is actually DOING something and HEALING. It's awesome.

Again - congratulations, I am thrilled with your news today! I wish you continued healing!

With Love,
Debbie *�*

On February 2, 2010, ameliarta wrote:

So very happy for your recovery! When you feel comfortable sharing what you did, please do. My son has Lyme.
Thanks,
Amelia

On February 2, 2010, MARY wrote:

FANTASTIC! WONDERFL NEWS SO DELIGHTED FOR YOU, LOVE AND PEACE XX

On February 3, 2010, tinaintheraw wrote:

Hi sweetie!

I am so thrilled that you are feeling so good, and know that the other items you wrote of will return to your liking very soon and with a lot of love. I am so, so happy for you! From my recent surgery experiences I would highly recommend a very good physical therapist to get you on the road to successful healing with your range of motion. Even a few sessions will give you some great tools/exercises to get you on your way. I was in therapy for 16 months (from initial surgery and through 2 more), and what a blessing it was. I have complete range of motion, and ability to lift weights now - you would never know I had multiple issues with both arms/shoulders. I love my PT for all the wonderful things she did for me and the gift of movement and flexibility that she gave me. Also, check out some of Tanya Zavasta's books...she had severe hip surgeries and has worked through a lot of her issues with hot yoga (and raw food, of course!).

Oh Wendi! I am so happy for you I could just jump up and down right now! I am in AK this week, but I am sending you virtual hugs and kisses from Anchorage!

Hugs, Tina

On February 4, 2010, Harmony wrote:

Hi Wendi, so good to read you recovery story. Good for you! May you continue to get stronger and better every day in every way.

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks so much, Colleen! I'm so happy to inspire you! :-) *blows kisses*

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Terri! I love you, too, and appreciate that you reach out and let me know how much you are touched by what I share. You are so very precious to me! Thanks for being a part of the Pure Jeevan family!

*blows kisses*

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Bitt!

From all my research, Lyme goes dormant like so many other diseases. In my case, I have been learning about balancing the body...so I should be able to keep the disease permanently dormant! :-)

You're welcome. I think if we are out to help others live a healthier life, it's important to share everything. Who knows, in all the sharing that we collectively do, there may be a pattern or some vital information that's gained which allows us ALL to reach even higher levels of health and vitality!

I've been criticized about my diet and *why* I got lyme disease, too. I agree--it could have been WORSE without living a raw lifestyle!

I hope you're doing great and feeling fabulous, Aimee!

XOXOXO

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks so much, Joanna! It feels so great to be on this side of the disease. *dances around*

XOXOXO

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Chris! Thanks so much for your sweet comment!!! *blows kisses*

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Yes, I've learned so very much! *blows kisses* Thanks!!

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Nancy! It's great to hear your daughter is beginning to do better, too!!! Please keep in touch and let me know how she's doing after she meets with the lyme specialist. I'm sending healing love her way!

XOXOXO

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Yes, Vita! Fibromyalgia has a lot of similarities to lyme disease. The raw diet can help a lot of individuals who come down with a disease, but in my case I was already raw so I was at a loss of what to do. ;-)

I hope you're feeling a lot better, now!

*blows kisses*

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Sheryl!

You are very welcome. I think it's important to share, so we can all learn and grow. :-)

*blows kisses*

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Debbie!! You are so sweet and right about that. I am always me, no matter what my body looks like. :-)

I love you, too!

XOXOXO

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks so much, Debbie!!! :-)

Jim does some great massage therapy for me every night, which has been very healing and helpful. I'm not sure if he knows how to break up adhesions, but whatever he's doing feels good. ;-) So, maybe it's not as good as an actual therapist would be. I'm grateful for all that he does for me, though!

It's great to hear you are getting some wonderful help in feeling good, too!

*blows kisses*

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Amelia!

How is your son doing? We won't be sharing things for quite a few months. I hope he's under the care of a lyme specialist, or someone who's knowledgeable about lyme and can help him recover sooner than later.

I'm sending extra healing love to him!

XOXOXO

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Mary!! XOXOXO

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Tina!! I don't have time to do actual physical therapy with a trained person right now, but I've been given a great collection of exercises for someone who had similar shoulder problems. So, I've been doing those exercises, as well as other things that seem to be helping with my range of motion.

I'll have free time beginning in April, so if I"m still not completely well at that time I'll find a physical therpist to help me speed things along. :-)

I tried some yoga the other day, but my range of motion is still so small that I can't do most of the postures. It was still great to do as much as I was able to do. Hot yoga sounds like a great idea--warming up the muscles, and all!

Thanks, again!! I hope you're having fun there in AK, Tina!!!

XOXOXO

On February 5, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks so much, Harmony!! :-) XOXOXO

On February 5, 2010, TerriDactyl wrote:

Thank you Sheryl.

On February 6, 2010, rrnancyr wrote:

Thanks, Wendy, I'll keep you updated. It is funny, back when I used to
eat much worse than now, and my girls did , too, I got lymes twice, took
the antibiotics and never had a problem. My younger daughter (not the
one I told you about) had it when she was maybe 10 and never had
problems. Now that we eat much more raw, look what happened to my older
daughter. I think it is interesting that you and she both had problems
and you eat so well and my daughter eats a lot of raw. Weird how it
turned out, but I am so glad you are doing so well, and that my daughter
is much improved from December.

Nancy

On February 11, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Nancy,

Based on all that I've been researching and learning about the body, health, and so much more...I think I may know why I was able to get lyme and also why your daughter was able to easily get it. We'll be talking a bit about this after we're more comfortable with what we're learning. I don't want to say things that are incorrect or that may confuse people, but we'll be sharing a lot about health in the near future with everyone!
I'm sending extra healing love to your daughter, hoping she'll be fully well very soon!

Lots of love to you,

Wendi
XOXOXO

On February 15, 2010, Nancy wrote:

Dear Wendi, I am so happy that you are feeling better and will get to go on your trip with your daughter.
smiles,
Nancy in Florida (darn, not on the trip!)

On February 15, 2010, lonedoggy wrote:

So glad you are healing!
Please tell us what you did to recover, why are you not comfortable sharing
I may have Lyme disease, waiting for specialists results...please do share...information is important to share...just give the warnings that you are not a doctor and that people should research and people should make their own decisions with their own doctors.

Thank you! Toni

On February 16, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Thanks, Nancy!! You are so sweet. :-)

We'll be doing Florida during our full tour, sometime after we settle in a new location. So, we'll be seeing you in the future, I hope! XOXOXO

On February 16, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

Toni,

Thanks for your comment. :-)

I hope you don't have lyme disease and it's something easier to heal from. The reason we're not comfortable sharing what we've been doing for my health is that we don't fully understand everything. It would be confusing to explain and we might say things the wrong way. So, until we are comfortable with what we've been learning and doing, we won't be talking about it. Don't worry, though, we are firm believers in sharing information!
Lots of love to you,

Wendi
XOXOXO

On February 21, 2010, Chris wrote:

Wendi,

Glad that you are feeling better. Having lyme for the last decade, I understand first hand the trials that you are going through.

As to this great big mystery and the secret of your success, I would respectfully disagree with your approach of withholding information for the following reasons:

1. You'll never be 100% sure why your body is recovering. What works for you will not always work for everyone else. Just a fact of life.

2. Unless your running a study, (and I suspect your not), you'll be no better informed 6 months from now. Sure, you might come across another nugget of two of information, but you clearly have a strong hypothesis now, and that is unlikely to change in any meaningful way.

3. But the biggest reason to share today, is that people are suffering. How did you feel each day 2 months ago when you couldn't dress yourself? What were you pain levels? What if someone at that time thought that they might have some information that would help, but they were going to hold off on telling you b/c it was complicated? They'll tell you in June.

What is going to happen tomorrow that you intend to gain so much insight from

I think your insight came from yesterday, not tomorrow.

Anyway, my intention is not to berate you. I'm genuinely happy for you, and hope you continue to improve.

But if you have found that certain foods trigger reactions, I would encourage you to share, and to help alleviate the suffering of others.

My own personal experience leads me to beleive that certain foods can be highly toxic to a lyme patient, even vegan foods. It is a long complicated story, but I'd be happy to share. But for the quick answer, it would be to stay away from gluten, legumes, tomatoes, nightshades, sugar and eggs.

Best of health to people on this board.

Chris

On February 22, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

HI Chris,

You'll see in the future why it wasn't easy for me to share the information right now--it's impossible for me to articulate it and explain, as it IS individual in a sense, yet also based on science. We're still trying to understand what happened and why, so we can explain it and help others. We are, in fact, still experimenting and doing small studies that will help us understand better.

It's not as easy as saying eat/don't eat certain things. Otherwise I would be shouting it from the rooftops for everyone to try what I did/didn't do. Believe me, if it was simple and easy to share I'd be doing it. You'll maybe understand better once we've finished learning (and yes, I'll learn more tomorrow, not yesterday, even though that's hard to understand right now given not enough information).

Please know that I'm a very loving, caring, giving person. If it was easy to share the info to help others right now, I'd be doing it. All I could do now was stumble with my words over something I don't fully comprehend and possibly cause more pain, confusion, and suffering for others (and also create a negative view of what I'm sharing if it doesn't make sense yet or causes more pain--which would detract from the very helpful information that I'll one day be able to explain).

Again, it's not about specific foods...it's about individual body chemistries and the science behind why things are the way they are for each of us.

However, with foods it IS important to stay away from foods that cause inflammation. Of those foods, the nightshades are high on the list of things to avoid. Foods that are helpful for arthritis will also bring about some relief for those with lyme disease pain (but, it won't cure the disease).

Sorry to seem mysterious. It's not about keeping a secret, as I'm not that kind of person. ;-)

Lots of love to you,

Wendi
XOXOXO

On May 21, 2010, Moira wrote:

Wendi...please let me know what I can do to get better. I realize that we are all different and have different needs nutritionally. I have tried to follow your progress, but have difficulty finding each post. Please let me know! I am on Aajonus Vonderplanitz program and have had increasing and debilitating shoulder pain and am getting very discouraged. Is there some encouragementyou can give me? Thanks so much

On July 2, 2012, Linda wrote:

Hi, Wendi!

I'm wondering if you ever published what you did to help put your lyme disease into remission? I'm interested in what you were monitoring on the blood chemistries, as wel as what foods, herbs, etc that you found to be healing.

Thank you!!!