Whatever you do you have to keep moving and never ever give up…

Hello! It has been so long since I have posted a blog on here, and I am gearing up to updating you all with my current medical ‘status’ soon I promise! It is not that I haven’t had anything to update you with, it is the complete opposite! It has been one crazy ride this past 6 months and I haven’t known where to start to put this experience into words, or really had the mentally capacity to do so! My body right now is beyond complicated!

This is just a brief post as I start a new week with some new positive thinking as I try and keep myself and others going through whatever battle they also may be facing…

I have come to realise that success isn’t measured by just what you accomplish in life, but also how you can inspire and support others. I will keep fighting this battle, not only for myself but for all of you who suffer too. Wether this be from Lyme Disease or another chronic, debilitating and often invisible illness. I want to inspire and motivate people to hang on that bit longer, to fight that much harder and to become mentally stronger when you feel at your weakest. I want to hear someone say ‘because of you I didn’t give up’. Keep believing anything is possible and whatever you do never ever give up hope.

I love this quote by Martin Luther King:

‘If you can’t fly then run.

If you can’t run then walk.

If you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving.”

Right now I would be lying if I didn’t say I feel physically and mentally knocked down by this illness, but I’m trying to move with it and keep changing my perspective. I am just in a new and temporary position/situation, I will take it lying down (literally), but I will roll over and look at the stars until the next phase begins. I’ll do my best to find a positive in all these challenging situations and I WILL get through these days. They are the stepping stones to my future, my destiny and to better health. I can still breathe, see and laugh. I can feel loved by my family and friends and although I can’t currently dance with my feet, I can still dance in my dreams, and thats something right?

I’ll be back soon with info on my treatment and until then remember to make the most of everyday, make it count and remember life isn’t what comes to you, its what you bring to it.

Much love always, Chantelle  xXx

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A little bit about me…

Hi and welcome to my very first blog!

I am Chantelle, 29, and have been battling Lyme Disease for the last 14 months. I became unwell whilst working at sea as a stewardess on a classic Motor Yacht Dona Amelia. I have been so lucky to work in the yachting industry and have had a chance to visit some amazing places on my travels.  I loved every minute of my time sailing the seas between idyllic Caribbean islands, but unfortunately in this instance I was faced with trouble in paradise. I first became unwell back in 2012 but was unaware that I had been bitten by a tick. Unfortunately, not only did I contract Lyme Disease from this bite, but I was also infected with two co-infections; Bartonella and Babesia.

As time goes by this disease takes every opportunity to slowly destroy my body in so many ways and has already shown signs of neurological damage.

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To ensure the best chance of recovery from this illness, I must travel to the USA for extensive private medical treatment and therapies to rid my body of the Lyme bacteria and re-boost the immune system.

I can no longer work, so I have been fundraising to pay for my flights, accommodation and treatment at a specialist clinic. It is going to cost me over £20,000 so I can beat this disease and get back to loving, living, life!

Over time I will post on how and when I fell ill, my symptoms and the numerous visits to hospital! I will primarily use this blog to log my journey of recovery from this disease. By sharing my story I hope to keep all my friends and family updated, as well as share my experiences to help others as they also fight Lyme. Online support has been a lifeline for me when I had little knowledge of this medical condition, so I feel it’s only right to help and support others, now and in the future. Chantelle x ⚓️

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