Thane’s Battle with Lyme Disease

Thane Fredrickson has been battling Lyme Disease since he was a very young child. Although for most of his life they did not know what was causing his health problems, he continued to struggle with such conditions as frequent illness, joint pain, digestive disturbances, brain fog, confusion, difficulty concentrating and memory.

“I just did my best to get through the days and sleepless nights as the years passed” Thane said.

By the time Thane was in his late teens, he was totally disabled by the Lyme and bed bound by 20. He did not get diagnosed and treated for Lyme Disease until several years later. Though he has experienced some improvements in the past 2.5 years, he is still very ill at the age of 27.

“Lyme has stolen everything from me. My health for one! In addition I have found close relationships difficult to make and maintain. I have trouble doing anything that requires any sort of focus so I haven’t been able to develop many of the skills and talents I would have hoped to by this age. Worst of all it has destroyed my sense of self. My identity. I honestly dont know who I am without this illness because i’ve never met that person” Thane expressed. 

With all Thane has been through, he strives to be thankful for the little things in life. Thane explained:

“If this disease has given me anything it has been a deep appreciation for the small things I do have in life. It has forced me to prioritize and determine exactly what is important to me. It has given me a lot of time to think.”

Thane has not given up. He continues to research and try new treatments. Like many living with invisible disabilities, he wants to be able to do the things that most people take for granted. So, Thane shares his experiences with others with Lyme Disease and reaches out in hopes of helping one another with support and knowledge.

RESOURCES:

IDA Interview with Thane. Private Email Interview. 11/19/2010.
Thane’s Video and YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/thane17 
Win the Lyme War: WintheLymeWar.com

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Give a Little Love to Someone Living with Illness

Do you know someone living with a debilitating illness, pain or  injury? Many living with these types of conditions struggle with simple activities such as grocery shopping or making a meal. They often miss out on weddings, graduations, parties, family get togethers and holidays.

“Won’t you wipe the lonliness right out of someone’s heart today by showing a little love? It doesn’t take much. Just a bit of your time can make a very BIG difference!” Sherri Connell.

Video Found Here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ButILookGood

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The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Can Be Lonely

Sherri battles Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic Lyme Disease on a daily basis. She also lives with severe neurological reactions to chemicals that create synthetic fragrances. She is not alone, as the numbers of people reporting mild to severe reactions to these seems to be growing. 

“Exposure to perfumes, colognes and other chemical fragrances can cause people living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (Chemical Injury, Environmental Illness, Toxic Encephalopathy) such debilitating symptoms as migraines, pain, vertigo, memory loss, brain damage and worsening of condition with each reaction. … Sadly, many with MCS often miss out on family gatherings, special events and even simple visits with friends and family, causing them to feel isolated and alone.” But I LOOK Good!

Video Found at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ButILookGood

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The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Formerly known as The Invisible Disabilities Advocate, IDA was founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. IDA reaches out through our websites, projects, articles, pamphlets, booklet, social network, resources, videos, radio interviews, seminars, events and more! Get the word out! Share a link to our articles and pages with Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and through Email by clicking on the Share link. Leave a comment!