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Sharon's Bio

For more than a decade, I suffered from numerous mysterious or rare maladies.  I saw internists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, chiropractors, orthopedists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, pyschiatrists, phychologists, dermatologists, urologists, osteopaths, and then three rheumatologists.  Some of them offered relief for my symptoms, but no one offered a cause. 
In early 2009, I became almost bedridden with back and knee pain.  Through the grace of God, four months later, I found the RIGHT doctor who diagnosed me with late stage chronic Lyme disease.  I began treatment on October 16, 2009, one day after my dad's 80th birthday. 
This is my perspective of my Lyme journey. 

What I have Learned That Surprised Me the Most

April 28th - I have accepted The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge to write daily about my disease.  #HAWMC @wegohealth  

What have I learned about being a patient that surprised me the most?  
I was flabbergasted as I went through the initial process of getting the lyme diagnosis and how many medical professionals chastised, degraded, ignored, and negated me as I asked questions to the get to the bottom of the issue.  
I was shocked by how many physicians threw prescriptions at me and even admitted that they would not look for the source of my pain.  Rather, they would only treat me symptomatically.  
<shaking my head>
I have learned to: 
- listen to and trust my gut
- advocate for my own health (and my family’s)
- always ask questions
- approach any medical professional as a team member; they don’t view it that way, I change physicians.  
- Once I find the right physician, trust him and work WITH him.
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