Lisa in a fight against Lyme

She can get ready in the morning without having to stop and rest, go to the park and kick a ball around with her son, drive short distances, and has even started her own health blog.

A year ago, none of this seemed possible.

Ms Blondell was overwhelmed with debilitating vertigo, chronic fatigue, light sensitivity, joint pain, head pressure and �brain fog�, which was caused by Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caused by a tick bite.

She had spent years seeing specialists, having tests done and trying numerous medications to find an explanation for the illness, only to be told by medical professionals it was all in her head.

Eventually, Ms Blondell |realised she had Lyme disease after discovering symptoms paralleled hers.

In February last year, she finally found a West Australia doctor who treated Lyme disease and she was officially diagnosed with it.

Medical professionals who attempt to treat Lyme disease have come under scrutiny as the Australian Government and health authorities do not recognise the disease and do not believe it is present in Australia.

Ms Blondell�s blood tests were sent off to Germany � which recognises Lyme � confirming she had Lyme disease and seven co-infections.

Her doctor put her on antibiotics to fight the Lyme bacteria and six months ago, she finally saw some results.

�I don�t get dizzy half as much, but it still comes and goes,� she said.

�I�ve managed to beat two of the co-infections, babesia and bartonella.�

�It�s been a long process, but I have definitely improved.

�It took months of experimenting with different antibiotics to try and get the right combination (that) would work.�

Ms Blondell believes she will need to get rid of the Lyme bacteria in order to beat the remaining five co-infections she has.

She is now contemplating going to German for hyperthermia therapy.

During the treatment, the body temperature reaches 42 degrees, which kills the Lyme bacteria.

It is known to be a highly successful treatment, but costs $30,000 for two treatments.

Ms Blondell hopes to raise enough funds to get to Germany, but has been unable to work because of the debilitating side effects of Lyme.

She was even denied the disability support pension because Lyme disease is an unrecognised illness in Australia.

�I know there�s a long way still to go,� she said. �But, I believe everything happens for a reason and now my goal is to spread awareness about Lyme disease and make changes to how Lyme disease patients are treated.�

Ms Blondell said she was bitten by a tick while camping in Margaret River in 2009.

She featured in the Comment News on June 3, 2014