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.