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Dec 15

Dealing With Lyme Disease

Dealing With Lyme Disease Seven months ago my world was turned upside down. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I went from being extremely healthy to extremely sick. What was happening to me? I went from doctor to doctor, and nobody really had an explanation as to why I was feeling they way I was. In fact, quite a few of the doctors I visited thought I was nuts. I knew I wasn’t, though, and kept telling everyone that I can feel that there is something wrong with my body. I just don’t feel like myself, and knew that I was battling something serious. $10,000 later (yes, you read that correctly) I took matters into my own hands and began doing a ton of research, only to find that all of my symptoms pointed to Lyme Disease. I sought out a Lyme Disease Specialist, took the proper test, and just heard back this morning that I do in fact have Lyme. So now I’m dealing with Lyme Disease.

How did I get Lyme Disease? That is the ultimate question because I have absolutely no idea. I do have a theory, though. I grew up in the country side and remember being bitten by ticks a few times. I believe that Lyme has remained suppressed within my system for years, but because my immune system has been so strong it’s never had the opportunity to pop it’s head out. That changed after I visited Mexico and picked up parasites. I believe the parasites wreaked havoc on my immune system, letting the Lyme Disease come out to play. Again, that’s a theory. It might have been that I was bitten by some other bug, or even got bitten by a tick recently without knowing it. Whatever the case, I don’t remember any type of bullseye rash that is pretty common with Lyme infections. Regardless, here I am, writing this blog, dealing with this awful disease that has tormented so many people.

What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease? Here are all of them that I’ve dealt with for the past 7 months, and they come and go in cycles.

  • Extreme brain fog
  • Extreme dizziness
  • Neck aches and stiffness
  • Joint pain
  • Memory issues
  • Headaches
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Stomach issues
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Breathing issues
  • Slurred speech
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Ringing in the ears

I’ve come to discover that working out brings out all of the symptoms full force. It’s a Josh Spencer Beachbody Coachtough thing to swallow for a Fitness Coach. Working out is my life, it’s my career, and I will have to change some things in my lifestyle to cater to this disease. However, it’s not going to stop me from living or helping others. I made that choice about a month ago before I had no idea what was going on. When I thought about it, I have two choices. I can sit here and let this disease cripple me and let it control my entire life, leading to possibly depression, or I can choose to accept it, deal with it, and adjust my life accordingly, still remembering all of the great things in my life. I have a wonderful wife, two amazing daughters, and a little one on the way. I also love my career as a Beachbody Coach, love helping others and giving back, love the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization that I support, love my friends, and am blessed to be in an incredible financial situation because of my business. Life is good! No disease will knock me down, I won’t let it. Whenever anything negative pops into my head, I replace it with a positive thought, and I have learned how to do so through years of personal development. “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz is the book that I started with, and it’s the book that I’m currently reading as well. I’m alive and have an incredible life, and for that I am truly thankful and will never take for granted.

How I’m Dealing With Lyme Disease

So how am I dealing with Lyme disease on the treatment side of things? Luckily, a month or so ago I found a Lyme Specialist (LLMD) and he diagnosed me with Lyme before even taking the Igenex test, so I started antibiotic treatment right away and have been doing so for the past 4 weeks. In addition to that, after much research, I have made the decision to switch to a vegan lifestyle to help with the healing process. From everything I have learned,  that seems to be the most effective. It’s important to eliminate gluten (breads, pasta), meat, lower the sugar intake, and stick with raw vegetables and fruits. I just ordered a book called “The Lyme Diet” and will be reading through that soon. I’m willing to do whatever I can to get better. I’m also thinking about going through one of the best cleanses I’ve found called the Ultimate Reset. Keep following my blog, as I will update it as I go through this treatment process. And in case you were wondering how I’ve been feeling since starting the antibiotics, I’m feeling better. The mental clarity as come back for the most part, but I’m still having a lot of neck issues and have been having trouble sleeping. If I’m comparing how I’m feeling now to how I was feeling 2 months ago, though, it’s night and day.

If you are dealing with Lyme Disease or what you think is Lyme, be sure to (1) Find a good LLMD, and (2) Get the Igenex testing done. Most normal testing for Lyme Disease is incredibly inaccurate. I had 2 tests done and they both came back negative for Lyme. The Igenex test is the best one that I have found. Hopefully your case is a little different, but my normal doctors were completely clueless as I stated above. Don’t ever let anyone tell you it’s in your head or that you’re crazy! If you feel that something is wrong with you, don’t give up and keep searching for someone who WILL HELP YOU! Trust me, I know how frustrating it can be, and sometimes you will even question your sanity, but there is someone out there who can help. This is a battle you can win. I’m on my journey to recovery and will remain as positive as I can throughout this whole thing. If you have any questions or want to connect with me, just “follow” me on Facebook.

Nov 23

6 Months of Struggle

Home GymI’m the type of person who keeps things to himself. That’s how I’ve always been. When I am struggling with something, I like to battle it internally. It’s even hard for me to talk about it with my family and friends because I don’t like to show any weakness. I accept what’s going on and just flat out figure out a way to deal with it. That’s been my process forever, and it’s worked. I don’t like to seem like I’m complaining, especially on social media, so I do everything I can to post positive things that are going on. I do that because there are so many people who need that positivity in a mostly negative world. But here I am, I guess broken down, and feel the need to open up and blog about this awful journey I’ve been on for the past 6 months. I’m going to treat this like a journal until I am healed, and I’m going to do that so that I can open up about what I’m going through, giving me some sort of peace of mind, but also so that maybe sometime in the future my journey will be able to help someone out who is going through the same thing. Here it goes.

Today, as I’m writing this, my head hurts, my neck has pain all throughout it, I can’t catch my breath, I’m extremely exhausted, and I’m dizzy. These same symptoms and more have been showing up in a vicious cycle for the past 6 months. It all started with a trip to Cancun. Even now, though, I still have no idea if that trip has anything to do with the issues I’m facing, but the timing of it all is suspect. Here’s my theory, along with a few doctors of mine as well. I went to Cancun, picked up parasites that compromised my immune system, and therefore let out something that has laid dormant inside of me for years. That “something” has wreaked havoc on my health. However, I have absolutely no idea what that “something” is. All I know is that I’m beaten down mentally and physically from it. I’ve gone 6 months of feeling extremely sick and am left with a feeling of helplessness because I’ve been to 8 doctors with practically no answers as to why I’m feeling this way. Most of the doctors had absolutely no clue at all what was going on, and my family doctor that I’ve had for years believes I am nuts. Yes, that’s right, the guy that I’ve been going to since I was about 8 years old asked me during our last appointment if I thought I was going crazy, and no, he was not joking. So where has that left me? Doing research, lots and lots of research. If doctors won’t take me seriously, then I have to take matters into my own hands.

I have a lead. All of my symptoms, the reoccurrence of them, point in the direction of Lyme Disease. I’ve decided to seek out the help from a Lyme specialist here locally, and after one appointment of me explaining all of my symptoms, he looked at me and said, “You have Lyme.” That was the clinical diagnosis, and now I’m waiting on hearing back from all the testing I just got done that will verify that diagnosis. You know it’s bad when you look forward to hearing that “yes, the tests show you have Lyme Disease” phrase come out of your doctor’s mouth. It’s grim, absolutely, but when you go through months and months of terrible symptoms, of feeling like crap, of not being able to work out, work, and function normally, without knowing what is even wrong with you, just to know what the problem is creates light at the end of the tunnel. When you know the problem, you can create a solution. Right now I have no solution. The only thing I’ve been doing is preparing myself mentally for whatever treatment I have to go through for whatever problem I have. I’ve accepted that it’s going to be a tough journey, no matter the diagnosis, but I’m more than ready to do what I have to do to get my life back.

Now I want to open up about exactly what I’ve been going through. First, all of these symptoms, as I stated above, keep coming and going in cycles. At first, it was about 3 weeks of feeling like crap, and then one week of feeling pretty decent, but recently, that’s shifted to about 3 weeks of feeling decent and 1 week of feeling like crap. Right now I’m in the “feel like crap” stage. Here is a list of the symptoms that I’ve been having.

  • Breathing issues/shortness of breath/can’t catch a deep breath
  • Neck pain that moves around
  • Stiff neck
  • Pain in the back of my head/headaches/sharp pains through head
  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Groin pain
  • Brain fog
  • Slurred speech (Yeah, this was scary, but has gotten much better over the past few months)
  • Memory issues
  • Extreme dizziness/wooziness
  • Sleeping problems
  • Waking up totally exhausted
  • Anxiety and panic attacks (Not normal, I have never experienced this before, but has gotten much better over the past 3 months)
  • Uncontrollable mood swings (Again, not normal)
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to sound

It’s frustrating that some of my doctors won’t pay attention to anything I’m telling them. All of these symptoms I just listed are not normal for me. In fact, I’m an extremely healthy individual that works out daily and eats the right kinds of foods. Hell, my life revolves around fitness, as I own my own fitness business, where I help others make a positive change in their health. I know when something is wrong with my body, and there is most definitely something wrong. That’s part of the frustrating thing about it, that I work so hard to take care of myself, but here I am, dealing with a health issue that seems to be completely out of my control. It doesn’t matter how healthy I eat, how much I work out, this health issue still plagues me, and I’m so drained from it. I’ve learned how to deal with it, yes, and do my best not to think about it, but I simply cannot ignore it.

And then there’s the business side of it. I have a team of more than 15,000 people that I lead, and right now I don’t feel like the greatest of leaders. It’s beyond frustrating not being able to hold phone calls like I used to, to create videos like I used to, to hold trainings like I used to. I’m going to be real here, and I feel like I have let my team down. Now they won’t say that I have, but I feel like I have. It’s real tough for me to swallow. I feel guilty for not being able to give them 100% right now. I can’t give my all to them, I just can’t right now, no matter how much I want to and how hard I try. It’s just not possible. For one, I have been spending countless hours trying to figure this out, and two, I just flat out feel sick and tired. Fortunately I have incredible leaders on my team who have been helping out greatly, but the whole reason why I’m doing this business is to pay it forward, to help others achieve what I’ve been able to achieve, and I’m so frustrated that I can’t do that like I want to. But I will be back, I have to be. I truly believe that I have been put in the position I’m in for a reason, and I know I’m not done yet. It may take some time, but I will be the leader I’m supposed to be again.

I’m tired. Seriously, I’m so tired of dealing with this. I’ve been through a lot of stuff in my life, but I have never dealt with anything as challenging as this. When you wake up every single morning feeling sick after praying for some miracle that you will wake up feeling normal is hard to deal with. But my life to this point has prepared me to deal with this. I’m a strong individual and have been doing my best to stay strong throughout this entire process. It’s challenging, but I know I can and will get through it. Years of personal development has prepared me for this. The amount of support everyone has shown me has been incredible, and it’s something that I appreciate greatly. I will continue moving forward. I will conquer this!