The Stages of Grief in Lyme Disease A guide to the emotions and feelings that many people with Lyme disease will go through

By Lydia Niederwerfer

Y ou often hear people mention the grieving process when they lose a loved one, go through a painful divorce, or receive news of a terminal illness. Those suffering from Chronic Lyme disease also experience this process, yet it is usually not referred to as “grief”.

During the grieving process, Lyme Warriors go through the usual stages of the grief cycle or process which include: denial and/or isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

When I became ill with Lyme disease in 2002, I went downhill quickly. I was unable to do anything myself, partly due to the damage that Lyme had caused to my central nervous system, which included vision loss and an inability to speak clearly. In the hopes of helping myself to get through it, I kept a journal, which I stumbled upon the other day and began reading. I did not recognize myself from the words I wrote years ago. Was this really me?……. Join or login below to continue reading.

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