Heidi and her boys
We have been trying to wrap our minds around how it is possible for two sisters to both have late stage Lyme disease. I have lived in Canada for 14 years and assumed I contracted Lyme here. Both Canada and Australia downplay the prevalence of Lyme in their countries. If Heidi does indeed have Lyme, this will mean that we most likely contracted it as children, as we obviously both lived in the same area back then, and have memories of removing ticks from our bodies. Lyme is able to lie dormant in our bodies for years at a time, causing non-specific symptoms that we tend to ignore, until a compromise to our immune system causes it to emerge and take over in full force. A strong immune system is able to hold Lyme back so that those of us infected are able to be symptom free for many years. It is well possible that this is what has happened with Heidi and I.
Because I was not aware of the Lyme infection within my body when I had children, it is quite possible that I have passed the infection on to my children (this will also be the same for Heidi). We will have to monitor our children closely for symptoms and treat them as soon as possible, should they arise. For now, our children appear healthy and strong, and keeping their immune systems strong is their best defense.
I would like to share with you a psalm that was very dear to me during the years when I was very sick. It seems to put a voice to the inner struggles that we experience during times of intense trial, during the sleepless nights that we battle through, and directs our gaze upwards for hope and comfort: