Skills I have gained as a Lymie

Skills I’ve Gained as a Lymie

I usually think about what I’ve lost from being chronically ill, which is pretty much everything. But it turns out I have also acquired many odd new talents.

Here are a few, in honor of Lyme Awareness Month, MCS Awareness Month, Allergy Awareness Month, ME Awareness Month, Celiac Disease Awareness Month, and other spoonie-type awareness months that unfortunately all take place in May (a bit exhausting, maybe?).

In which I gulp down a waterfall of supplements

Woman asks if I am pregnant but it is just candida

Someone tells me I won't heal if I don't develop an attitude of gratitude

Someone asks me what I do and I say I'm a supplement purchasing manager

I say I am an Infrastructure Restoration Specialist

Anxiously warning friend about ticks

But the most important skill I gained was dealing with Lyme-related “alternative facts.” Lymies have been hearing alternative facts about our disease from the CDC and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) since the late 20th century. (Update 2018: Yes, the alternative facts thing is from last year, but Lyme patients are still being gaslighted so it still applies. And yes, that is Kellyanne Conway as a spirochete.)

List of Lyme alternative facts with Kellyanne page 1

Alternative Lyme facts part 2

Lyme alternative facts 3

Avoid Lyme Alternative Facts!

A few months back I participated in a contest to design Lyme Warrior string dolls. The dolls are made by Kamibashi Asian Art and part of the purchase price goes to LymeCares, a great charity that raises Lyme awareness among socially responsible businesses. LymeCares uses products these businesses donate to create lovely, therapeutic gift packages for Lyme patients in need.

I just got the female doll–it is very cute and tiny!

Lyme warrior string doll and my sketch

You can see the male doll (it has a tiny green hat!) and the dolls they have for other diseases here.

Also, the five cartoons in this post have been made into a video, originally created as a Facebook slideshow by my awesome friend Lily from The Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability. Please check out her fantastic blog for super-detailed, helpful information about applying for disability, getting Medicaid, getting homecare, getting accessible transportation, and everything else a spoonie needs to know.

I hope you enjoy the goofy music! Wishing everyone a low-symptoms day and a good Awareness Month! 💚❤💛💙

Published by


Hi! I'm Vicki. My blog is called "Miss Diagnoses" because I have too many diagnoses and because my Lyme disease was misdiagnosed for many years. In addition to being a professional patient, I'm a compulsive reader and doodler. Sadly, my writing and drawing are limited by repetitive strain injury and neuropathy. I use assistive technology, but I can't post as often as I'd like. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and I have two short cartoon videos on YouTube. Twitter and Instagram: @miss_diagnoses Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube: @MissDiagnoses

11 thoughts on “Skills I’ve Gained as a Lymie

    1. Victoria, I just saw your interview on Twitter! Great interview! Anyone reading this, please check out Victoria’s blog–she creates the most amazing healthy recipes. There is vegan stuff, there is AIP stuff, and there are all sorts of anti-inflammatory goodies. Also, she is very funny. 💚


  1. Love this . 5 years of this disease and I’m trying so many different
    Therapies , however, I really believe there is no cure yet. Just hope it happens in the future. If I ha ea slight remission, it the. Comes back with a vengeance.
    Loving your humour as everyone asks me those questions.


  2. I have fibro. My ND is investigating the connection to Lyme so I’ve been doing a lot of researching. Love your post and can relate, especially the one about supplements. 😏 😄. Keep your sense of humour, it does help.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thank you for this post! My favorite part was the info graphics. I needed the laughs! I think my favorite one was the one where you were saying that you were the owner of such and such company. I like that excuse!

    Out of curiosity, when you say prolotherapy, is it prolozone your referring to? I’ve heard of prolozone.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Haha, thank you for commenting! I’m glad you liked it.I don’t think prolotherapy is the same as prolozone. Prolotherapy is really a treatment for tendon and ligament damage. A lot of doctors unfortunately do steroid injections for tendinitis–as you know these are so bad for us Lymies. Prolotherapy is natural and it strengthens the painful area instead of weakening it long-term as steroids do.


  4. Hey, great post. I’ll be sharing this one around. Can I have permission to use one of the images on instagram? I’ll give you full credit and tag you if your also on instagram. Love fan girl, Michellina x

    PS: I’ve had one negative and one positive for Lyme. Looking into hyperbaric chamber in Malaysia for treatment.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Absolutely! I am so honored! 💚💚💚I am on Instagram @miss_diagnoses. I think I just followed you there… it was the account under your name. Was that the right one or do you have more than one? I’m glad you’re going for the hyperbaric treatment. The standard Lyme testing is very unreliable as I am sure you have heard…a lot false negatives. 😕 Some labs are decent though like Armin and IGeneX.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s