Regular readers know that I used to be much more prolific at writing than I have been lately. You know I used to write for other websites and that I did a radio show. There will be no more writing for others, and probably not any more radio either, because my level of function is rapidly decreasing. This is primarily because of the tick that bit me and gave me Lyme Disease. Ostensibly, one is supposed to be “cured” of Lyme Disease with simple antibiotic treatment. That was not the case for me. I told six doctors about my tick bite before I was finally diagnosed. Likely, because it took so long for me to be diagnosed, I’m stuck with this.
Over at The Tick That Bit Me, via Lyme-Aid.net, a blog about Lyme Disease, is an article that is representative of some of the things that I read on this topic from time to time. A lot of folks are trying to find out how to fix this problem, but so far, I’m not seeing anything that has given me an “aha” moment that makes me think I might get better.
I also have Bipolar Disorder and Asperger Syndrome. I won’t go through all of my symptoms, but as far as my work ability goes, I’m going to be more limited because the effect of the Lyme Disease on my body, particularly my brain, is worsening. I never really know how much I’m supposed to say publicly about what this is like for me. I do share it with the Passionists because it is they who are the ones I offer my sufferings for. The most important thing is that I come to know Jesus better in all this. I guess I should just say that whatever cross you bear in life, you should unite it with the Cross of Jesus. That’s where He is closest to us. And being closer to Him is what matters in life. What matters to me more than anything is that more people come to know that suffering is redemptive and that we are closest to Jesus when we are in the Cross. That is why I am a Passionist and it is why you have also reason to hope when you suffer, that it is for good, not bad, that you bear a cross.