Life with Lyme disease

Lyme disease sufferer Michelle Dixon, of Belmont. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d419662
Lyme disease sufferer Michelle Dixon, of Belmont. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d419662

Diagnosed late last year, she has endured 10 years of symptoms that have worsened to the point where she has been unable to work for the past 18 months. She was only diagnosed with the disease as a result of expensive blood tests that had to be sent to Germany for analysis.

‘It took so long to find out what was wrong with me. You start to think it is in your head because that’s how they (doctors) make you feel,’ she said.

She recalls being bitten by a tick when she was 13 and believed the disease lay dormant for 10 years until she went to England and contracted glandular fever and other illnesses and was frequently ill.

The former senior document controller for Chevron said that at 33 all she wants is to feel normal again and follow through with plans to have children.

‘I would love nothing more than to be a mother,’ she said but she must overcome the disease first.

In a cruel twist, her partner Damien Lee is also showing signs of the disease and the couple await his test results from Germany. The disease can be sexually transmitted.

‘If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here on this earth,’ Ms Dixon said of her greatest supporter.

Natural therapies support her remaining health and she hopes to eventually fund a visit to Germany for intravenous antibiotic therapy.

The Southern Gazette asked Ms Dixon what was getting her through such dark, debilitating says.

‘Faith ” and not a religious faith. Faith that I used to be such a cognitive person,’ she said.

‘I’m just praying I’m one of the ones who fully recover. My naturopath is my angel. I’m holding on that one day I will be a mother and one day will be healthy.’