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Diagnosed 2012. by Sarah-Vafidis Diagnosed 2012. by Sarah-Vafidis
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SARAH VAFIDIS
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It's Lyme Disease. Years of questions, illness, fighting, battles, scars... Didn't think this would be it, but it is. I have my answer. A huge weight has been lifted. Can't say I'm happy about it, but we are on the right path now. Not looking forward to the treatment, as it's pretty gnarly, but it has to be done. I have had this for years so there would be permanent damage to my organs and brain, but once we get rid of the bugs my body can stop attacking itself and my immune system should return to "normal". I still can't believe some "doctors" don't think Lyme disease is in Australia, clearly it is.

~Sarah Vafidis

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Heartlessdawn911 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I have lyme <3 its a painfull thing <3
I have a picc line for it c:
and I can now walk c: good luck dear
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very painful <3 Sorry you have it too dear :huggle:
How long have you had it?
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Heartlessdawn911 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Mine, was found 4 years ago, but when I took meds, they dinnt work the first time, but this year it got really worse, where I couldent walk cx :hugg:
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
We think I got bitten 10 years ago, and I've been misdiagnosed for the past 6. I need a wheelchair myself, I know what it's like. <3
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Heartlessdawn911 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
oh wow c: you might need a picc line, its nothing scary, trust me <3 My mom thinks I will be better by next month :)
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if I am able to have a PICC line, I have a pacemaker so my veins are already filled with wires :XD: There's always the other side, so yeah, I just have to wait and see <3
That's wonderful, I hope that month comes fast!
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Heartlessdawn911 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
ah okay c: and I hope you get better soon! <3
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ivanka-a Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At least you know the source of your ill health. Best of luck on the treatment! I'm sure that it will go well for you.
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much dear <3
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ivanka-a Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
youre welcome~ :huggle:
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jacintadarlison Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Sarah - At least now you have some answers and know what treatment is needed - wishing you all the best with treatment and hope you and your parents feel a bit better knowing what it is. Emma and I are thinking of you.
Jacinta Darlison
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much Jacinta, much appreciated.
Welcome to deviantART - it's an addictive site
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rocknroll93 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D:

I don't know how to respond!!
atleast there is treatment, and you'll pull through.

so uh yeah, good luck and stuff!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you John :iconluckplz:
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rocknroll93 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries :D
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BrendanR85 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wishing you the very best for a steady recovery :)
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much.
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Oni-Vega Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck and much positive karma for you, sweety! :hug:
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much.
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DgtalCyanide Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck with the treatment <3 xx
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the luck.
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DgtalCyanide Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes of course! :hug:
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starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Humm that explains the mountains of miss diagnosis hun..:(

"I still can't believe some "doctors" don't think Lyme disease is in Australia, clearly it is."

Agree

whats worse is when the government dont believe it is
cause they are the only ones in the position to properly fund research and aid those that have this terrible Disease..

Lest now dear you can get a plan of action together to stem the thing and hopefully find a bit of light at the end of the tunnel for what its left you with..

My hearts breaking dear Sarah but I am happy you got a direct to go that will achieve improvements ...this is good news in that case.....still I am ever so pissed you have to suffer all this...:( you truly dont deserve it sweetheart
but then life isn't so fair in this world
so we got to grin and bare it ..and make the most of it..

anyway some good resolution to work with for to find a better quality of life for you & thats good :)

Take care sweetie :tighthug:
I wont be on for about a week...
but will be thinking kind and hopeful thought for you dear Sarah :rose:
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Too many wrong diagnosis :( life is never easy for my family so of course something like this would happen...
I am so angry.
The government tries to hide SO much from us, they have a lot to answer for for various things in this country.
I hope you stay well while you are away, I'll miss you but will be here when you return :huggle: :heart:
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starlight2infinity Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
yeah I know dear and that what eeks me so much like you on the whole situation.....because some seem to think there no possibility of it here they go and chase butterflies at your expense (in both senses of that word "expense") but at least now you have a direction to go in and regardless of weather its accepted here
you know now what treatment you need to seek out and try..I am just so sorry Sarah that you have been put through this misery :( & lead up the Garden path so many times
with false hopes due to miss diagnose

Thank you dear :tighthug: I will return and ever so nice knowing you will be here my friend :)

at lest you can now enjoy were you are now and thats a BIG plus I think..
I'll miss you too dear And ditto on staying well
Only taking the P&S Nikon camera with me but see what I can come up with :)
Take care Dear Sarah :huggle::heart:
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In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wasn't expecting something like this to come up on DA (I study medical science at uni). That's terrible some doctors don't believe it's in Australia; some doctors just don't like to admit they were wrong. How long have you had it for?? Will you be getting a combination of antibiotics or something? I hope the treatment goes well!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly, all of my past doctors, apart from three, had egos the size of infinity. It was unfair how I was treated and bullied. If they could just own up and admit they didn't know what was wrong with me and they didn't know what to do, I could potentially be cured, but now I have irreversible damage to the two things you need to function well - heart and brain. Makes me so mad to know this was an "easy fix" but thanks to them, it cannot be 100% helped. :( wow rant there, sorry dear.

I've had it for at least 8+ years - but it's possible I've had it much, much longer, infected as a child or there is a possibility that my blood transfusion as a baby infected me, we will never know the answer to that one, and it kills me not knowing.

Yep it will be a series of hardcore antibiotics. I just want those bugs gone :(

Long comment - so sorry :blush: :heart:
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In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hah no worries about the long comment, I like long comments.
That sounds soooo frustrating!! So I presume you finally found a doctor that managed to diagnose you with lyme disease and offer the antibiotic treatment then? I hope it works - it should! Even it if can't reverse what damage has already happened, at least it'll prevent any future damage! Hope it all goes well!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very frustrating. My mum and I have been crying frustrated tears all weekend!
Sort of and not really? If that makes any sense, he isn't a Lyme doctor, but he certainly knows what it is, how hard it hits and what to do about treatment. I'm lucky to have him, there aren't too many Lyme doctors around.
Thank you so much, and I'm glad you like long comments. I like your icon too =]
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In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah that's lucky you found him! So hopefully no more frustrated tears. and thanks, I made my icon myself ^^
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LaRoseEatsYou Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student General Artist
im glad you finally have an answer, good luck
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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LadyGothique Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
:iconohnoesplz: Good luck. xx
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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LadyGothique Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
Welcome. :) :rose: :blackrose:
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Caen-N Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
wishing you all the best!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your kind wishes.
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hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
This is going to sound weird, but I'm really happy for you, Sarah
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not weird at all. Thank you so much, I appreciate it.
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