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Traveling With Tick-Borne Illness

by Jennifer Crystal For many people, summer means travel, but for Lyme patients, vacationing is not as simple as it was in our healthier days. I miss being able to just throw a pair of …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column, “Dear Lyme Warrior … Help!”, to answering your questions. Here are her answers to questions she has recently received. Do you have a question …MORE

The Aches and Pains of Tick-Borne Illnesses

by Jennifer Crystal The first time I saw the award-winning Lyme documentary Under Our Skin, I was seated in the theater. In the film, a doctor who doesn’t believe in chronic Lyme was asked what …MORE

Building Resilience

by Jennifer Crystal Last spring was incredibly stressful for me. With adrenaline, good maintenance routines, and a bit of luck, I completed an intense amount of written work, a teaching load that included a lot …MORE

Not All Lyme Rashes Are Created Equal

by Jennifer Crystal Lyme disease: that’s the illness you get when you find a bulls-eye rash, right? It very well could be, but here’s the catch. The bulls-eye rash isn’t the only sign of Lyme …MORE

Reframing Restrictions

by Jennifer Crystal A few months ago, someone told me that my life has a lot of restrictions. From a certain perspective, this statement seems true. To thrive in the context of chronic tick-borne illness, …MORE

The Time Warp of Tick-Borne Illness

by Jennifer Crystal   I’d already lost three years of my life to illness. Then I got a taste of resumed independence and health, only to have those intimations of well-being quashed once more. The …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

By Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Below are her responses to a few recently received questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email …MORE

Spring REALLY Will Come

by Jennifer Crystal This time of year can be a tease. With daylight savings time, the sun is suddenly brighter, and there are hints of warmer weather coming, Not surprisingly, we start to think it’s almost …MORE

Be a Victor, Not a Victim

by Jennifer Crystal Many patients of tick-borne disease take years to get diagnosed. A lucky few ones find a bull’s-eye rash or an embedded tick, go to a physician who just happens to be Lyme …MORE

What Does it Mean to Herx?

by Jennifer Crystal Sometimes when I’m describing tick-borne illness, I feel like I’m speaking a foreign language. Most people have heard of Lyme disease—though too many mistakenly call it “Lyme’s” when there is actually no …MORE

Lyme Isn’t a Choice

by Jennifer Crystal Please don’t give in to denial and fear. If you think you might have a tick-borne disease and have been avoiding going to an LLMD, or if you have been diagnosed with …MORE

Don’t Settle For Good Enough

by Jennifer Crystal In life, we’re often told not to settle. We don’t want to take a job or enter a relationship simply because it seems good enough. Doing so might bring short-term gains, but in …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Here are her answers to some recently received questions. Do you have a question for Jennifer? Email her at jennifercrystalwriter@gmail.com. …MORE

Financing Tick-Borne Disease

by Jennifer Crystal Having Lyme disease is expensive. It can take a toll on you in more ways than one. Below are some resources and insights to help you or the patient in your life. …MORE

Can’t Versus Shouldn’t

by Jennifer Crystal “Should” is one of my least favorite words. Society gets us caught up in the idea of what we “should” be doing—we should work more, exercise more, take on more—and that puts …MORE

Starting Small in the New Year

by Jennifer Crystal New Year’s Day is supposed to be a time of renewal. People celebrate and make resolutions for a fresh start. But for Lyme patients and those with chronic illness, New Year’s can …MORE

The Value of Visualization

by Jennifer Crystal When I was bedridden with Lyme disease and two of its co-infections—babesia and ehrlichia— people sometimes asked if I had tried meditation. Usually, tired of unsolicited advice from yet another person who …MORE

Avoiding Reminders Until You’re Ready

by Jennifer Crystal When I was very sick with Lyme disease and two of its co-infections—specifically, babesia and ehrlichia—friends invited me to a Warren Miller ski movie. Every season, the renowned filmmaker put out a …MORE

A Different Kind of Denial

by Jennifer Crystal In my recent post The Danger of Denial, I spoke about the consequences of denying symptoms or diagnoses when battling serious illness like tick-borne disease. For years I ignored my health issues, …MORE

Holidays: Relishing the In-Between Times

by Jennifer Crystal The build-up to Halloween is always an exciting time for kids. There’s so much anticipation—what will I be? What will my friends be? How much candy will I get? After the final …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior … Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Here are her replies to questions she has recently received. Do you have a question for Jennifer? If so, email …MORE

Scheduling Life with Lyme Disease

by Jennifer Crystal Flexible vs. rigid? How keeping to a schedule can impact one’s life with Lyme disease.   In 2007, I suffered a severe relapse of Lyme and two of its tick-borne co-infections Babesia …MORE

The Idea of Hope

by Jennifer Crystal Hope is a tricky concept for patients with chronic illnesses. It is something everyone—healthy or sick—wants, but summoning hope is not always easy when the world around you looks bleak. Someone can …MORE

The Danger of Denial

by Jennifer Crystal One of the many rewards of writing this weekly blog is connecting with patients and caregivers all over the world. I receive emails from people telling me their stories and asking me …MORE

The Spectrum of Lyme

by Jennifer Crystal Just this week, I heard from yet another friend who had found an engorged tick on her child. With tick populations soaring, it’s not surprising that so many people are being bitten …MORE

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

by Jennifer Crystal GLA writer and Lyme Warrior, Jennifer Crystal writes about her experience with “crazy dreams” as a result of neurological Lyme disease Last night I had a dream that a college friend and …MORE

Enjoying the Summer While Living with Lyme

by Jennifer Crystal When I first moved to Boston, I took a Duck Boat tour of the city. As the amphibious vehicle cruised the Charles River, the driver pointed out Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. I looked …MORE

Dealing with Lyme-related Fear

by Jennifer Crystal Last week I wrote about the well-founded fear of ticks which alarms us every summer, but especially now that infected tick populations are on the rise. Getting a tick bite that could …MORE

Managing Fear of Ticks During the Summer

by Jennifer Crystal I’m that friend. The friend who checks out your Facebook photos and comments “tick check!” every time you post a picture of a hike in the woods, or of your child rolling …MORE

Tribute to The Men of Lyme

by Jennifer Crystal In my blog post “Gender and Lyme: Is Tick-Borne Disease Different for Women?”, I cited a study by John Aucott, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University which found that more men than women …MORE

Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future

by Jennifer Crystal A friend recently shared with me the news that her grandmother had passed away. “She was 97,” she said. “It’s not like we didn’t know it was coming, but it’s still sad.” …MORE

Saluting the Caretakers of Lyme Patients

by Jennifer Crystal On Mother’s Day, I read a Facebook post that said “For the sake of equity, shouldn’t we show appreciation for mothers every day?” I agree. But if we’re talking equity, shouldn’t we …MORE

Dear Lyme Warrior…Help!

by Jennifer Crystal Every few months, Jennifer Crystal devotes a column to answering your questions. Here are her answers to questions she has recently received. Do you have a question for Jennifer? Email her at …MORE

Seasons of Lyme

By Jennifer Crystal The change in seasons is usually an exciting time for most, but the jump from season to season can be especially trying for Lyme patients In the past couple weeks, many people …MORE

Making the Holidays Work For You

By Jennifer Crystal Many people with Lyme disease don’t have the physical capacity to celebrate the holidays. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them! Here are some tips to work around your illness during …MORE

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