Alix M.

Santa Clara County, CA

Infected: 1991
Diagnosed: 2009
Current health: stopped treatment in 2012, substantial recovery

Chronic Lyme is a living death…  -Alix M.

Alix fought Lyme disease for decades before she was properly diagnosed. She was first told she had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and then Lupus. “Classic Lyme misdiagnoses,” she said. “Of course I never had either condition.”

Alix is a feisty, witty writer, blogger and publisher. She is not a writer by trade—she holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University. Prior to falling ill with Lyme, Alix was a twenty-something in her dream career, managing a worldwide group for Apple, Inc. She was forced to take a medical leave when mounting Lyme symptoms disabled her body and stole her ability to read anything more complicated than Real Simple magazine. “My life felt like a living death,” she said, “due to profound pain, nausea, and cognitive difficulties that stripped away my personality.”

As a research professional who could no longer work, Alix focused her personal research on natural health. During her recovery, she published almost 900 articles for a variety of websites and won two awards. Writing was her cognitive rehab and a way to communicate what she had trouble expressing in person.

“Sometimes you reinvent yourself because you want to, and sometimes you do it because you have to,” says Alix. She has transformed what began as a crippling setback into a new identity as a writer and activist. Ever the entrepreneur, Alix started her own business as a health coach. Alix’s story is a constant reminder that difficult and even life-threatening circumstances may also bring new ways to grow and to thrive.

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