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A Love Story, built on Pain, Strength, and Faith

Updated on July 29, 2012

Not Your Ordinary Love Story~ Justin & Christa


This story is not going to be your average love story. This is a story of great pain, sickness, tolerance, patience, hope, faith, and triumph. Meet Justin and Christa, a couple that has grown stronger through very trying circumstances.

Meet Justin and Christa

Justin was just your average typical guy, working on his carpentry apprenticeship. He loved boating and motor biking.

Christa was a young lady who was working towards finishing up BIble School in New Zealand. Then something went wrong and she became very sick. After three months of dealing with symptoms of headaches, body pain, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, night sweats, night terrors, and a rapid heart beat of over 200 beats per minute, she was hospitalized for two weeks. She had several MRIs, blood tests, and even a spinal tap, but the tests didn't show what was wrong and she had no answers.

Christas parents flew out to New Zealand to fly home with her back to Canada. A couple months later she was trying to get into the Mayo clinic to try to get some answers. On this day she met Justin. They spent the day talking about everything. And a romance was born.

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New Zealand and and Christa health deteriorates

Christa had experienced a couple good months where it seemed like she might be improving. Justin and Christa planned to go back to New Zealand. Christa could continue her Bible School and Justin could work on some carpentry at the school. They had some good times, visiting the beach, dirt biking, spending good quality time with eachother.

Then, the symptoms started coming back. She started experiencing debilitating pain again, and suffered an ovarian cyst rupture. She started having to miss lectures and activities.

They decided it would be better to return home. They left New Zealand knowing they had met great friends, and had made some great memories they would remember forever.

Their days bounced between our great happy times and the scary times where her symptoms got really bad and would flare our of control.

We' re Engaged!




On April 12th, 2008 Christa and Justin got engaged! They went to Calgary to ski and celebrate! That didn't go as planned when Justin fell after showing off for his new fiancé. Justin suffered a separated shoulder. But life went on and they continued to plan their big day.



They didn't know what was in store for them, as Christa continued to suffer terrible headaches and unexplained body pain. All they knew is they were in love and living life together and happy.

You are now "Man and Wife" - August 16th, 2008

On August 16th, 2008 Justin and Christa got married. It was a beautiful day. But Christa was in a lot of pain. She had to take a lot of painkillers just to make it through the day. But she is strong and she did.


Off they went to California for their honeymoon!


They went on a whale watching trip but the boat got stuck due to a storm, for hours at sea. That night Christa'a body collapsed. Several times they debated on going to the Emergency Room or not.

Eventually they went home to try to continue on with their life.

New House

They continues their new life together. Christa's symptoms would come and go. Sometimes hour by hour. They noticed they were getting consistently worse. After many trips to the ER they still had no answers. How could she be so sick but nothing show up on tests?

Christa would lay in bed and scream from the pain at night. They would sleep in different rooms so Justin could sleep so he was able to still get up and go to work in the morning. But hearing his new bride screaming in pain was relentless. There were many times it got so bad, that Christa would pass out from the pain.

Justin would walk the halls at night trying to think of something to help his young bride. There has to be answers.

In November, 17 months after Christa first got sick, they moved into the in laws house so they could take shifts taking care of Christa.

Christa was so brave. On days she would feel good she would cook or make crafts for others. But the pain would always come back.

Dr Visits

Still No Anwers

In Mid-November they finally had a Dr appointment that seemed like it may be hopeful. They drove to Vancouver to a specialist. But after waiting all that time, over a year, the top neurologist they waited to see, still had no answers. They saw more specialists, no one had answers. On the trip back from Vancouver, Christa's symptoms got really bad and Justin had to keep pulling over so she could throw up on the side of the road. And if that was bad enough an Elk ran out in front of them on the way home and they totalled their car.

When they got back, Justin decided he had to quit work being a carpenter. He had to stay home full time to take care of Christa, things had gotten so bad. Christa also quit her job teaching special needs kids and had to drop our of college. It had gotten so bad that Justin was having to carry her in and out of her class and she had started passing out in the hallway.

At this point they were really overwhelmed. They had to pretty much drop out of everything. Christa also suffered a miscarriage at this point.

Christa would rate her pain on a 1-10 scale. She never gave up. When her pain would go under a six, she would work on her little business she had making cards.

They came across a doctor in Calgary that treated people with symptoms like Christa's. So they gave it a shot. She was put on a bunch of meds. She got yet another MRI but results were inconclusive.

But things just kept getting worse.

She was still up screaming all night from unbearable pain. He'd stay up with her almost every night, he'd make her food at 4am or do whatever it was she needed. Many times she would throw up all night long. Despite so much unbearable suffering and pain they chose to stay in love. And every once in a while Christa would have a good moment and they could spend enjoyable time together. There would be a couple surprise times where Christa would have some good days.

Justin started taking a real estate course. He needed some distraction.

Christa did not respond well to the treatment in Calvary and even went into full body paralysis. They decided to stop treatment and move back to Vernon. This was Christa's 22nd month of sickness. Christa was passing out from pain on an average of ten times a day.

In May of 2009, Christa's dad came across a magazine article that talked about Lyme Disease. Out of 75 symptoms associated with Lyme Disease, Christa had at last 60. They both were so exhausted. They waited on the Lyme test results. Finally they came in.

After 25 months of not having answers they thought they finally had one! They soon found out there was no help in Canada for Lyme Disease however. They traveled to Seattle to see a top specialist for Lyme. As Justin was driving Christa was next to him having seizures and passing out.

July 2009 Christa started antibiotics to start the fight against the spirochetes that were in her body that cause Lyme Disease. Things did not go easy. Christa was still up all night in severe pain. Justin sat with her night after night.

They were determined to stay in love through all of this and would find little ways to let each other know how much they loved each other. They would do little things like fill the refrigerator with love notes.

They made it to their one year anniversary!

February 2010 Christa starts to have some good days. She experiences about three weeks of low level pain. She enjoys cooking for her husband again and working on her crafts again. It has been over a year since she has had a break in pain levels. She continues her Lyme treatment.

Pain Free for Three Weeks - Then The Pain Returns

Justin tries different distractions for Christa. He buys her a kitten. Christa would continue to distract herself on days she was well enough by making cards for people. She would also reach out to others online to encourage them.

Through all of this, Christa and Justins parents stand by their children. Can you even imagine the heartbreak of watching your kids go through this? Their parents did all they could. Chipping in for vacations so the kids could get away, letting them stay with them so Christa had someone to sit up with her.

After a long hospital stay the hospital put in a permanent IV line, so that Christa could inject her own meds at home.

Justin says his faith has been redefined and rebuilt through this experience. He says, "The Bible is his blueprint. It never promises us we won't have suffering."

Justin continues taking Christa to many dr appointments. They are determined to beat this disease. Many many waiting rooms, and doctors, and a Naturopath.

Doctors Stop Lyme Treatment

July 2010, Christa's ID doctor decides to stop treatment because Christa is not responding to it after three weeks. This throws them out of the system and leaves them on their own to find care. Christa feels abandoned by her own doctors. Unfortunately with Lyme, this is an all too familiar story. Christa continues through her journey of pain, throwing up nightly, with Justin by her side.

Justin and Christa celebrate their two year anniversary. For about two hours she was able to celebrate.

Christa is mainly trapped in bed due to her pain. For days on end she doesn't even leave her bedroom. She just throws up, has seizures, and passes out from tremendous pain. All Justin can do is sit there and try to comfort her.

Then in the Fall of 2010 they found a new doctor right in Vernon. This brings hope.

Month 44

After twelve months on oral antibiotics, six months or iv antibiotics, Christa was still not improving so they decided to dig even deeper to try to find a solution. In early December they came across a Lab named Fry Labs. They decided to order a full blood panel to see what would show up.

The Lyme test came back negative, so they had the picc line removed. But there was a positive on a protozoa called FL1953. It is a malarial like parasite that needs a different kind of treatment then Lyme. Treatment for this protozoa involves a no-fat diet to starve the "film' and and anti-malarial medicine to kill the parasite.

After starting the treatment however, Christa began to develop severe abdominal pain. This pain led to her 15th trip to the ER in the last couple years. It was not to be her last trip. Apparently the last year and a half on antibiotics lead to her having C Diff. So she had to stop the treatment for the Protozoa and go on different antibiotics to fight the C Diff.

After a couple rough battles with C Diff, Christa was finally able to start the antibiotics to fight the Protozoa FL 1953 again. The no fat diet took it's toll on Christa however, giving her symptoms of dementia, which lasted about seven weeks.

The 18th ER Trip~ Losing Hope - Then getting it back.

Month #50 into Christa's illness they still were not seeing any improvement so her doctor wanted to add in one more medicine. They added in a powder that helps bind toxins together and help you pass them out your body.

1 in 5 people cannot get rid of toxins on their own. Toxins come from infections and exposure to chemicals or molds.

About three weeks after Christa started the powder, she began getting better. By about six weeks, she was 50% better. She even planned a surprise birthday party for Justin!

She continues to get better.

Many people don't know about

Biotoxin Illness. It can mimic the infection you are trying to kill when the toxins are trapped in your body.

Justin and Christa are on their way to finally being able to enjoy their marriage. Justin has even started working at a normal job for the first time in three years.

They also celebrated their third Wedding Anniversary. They are renting a condo, and they are starting a new life. Through this all neither one ever gave up their faith. The path is not over, Christa has a long way to go, but it is a new beginning on the way to healing.

Christa's LLND

Christa says her LLMDND has always been amazing and has never given up on her even though he said, despite having treated hundreds of people around the world, Christa truly was his most complex, most horrifying case, he just kept searching, and seeking any info from other docs around the globe etc and attending seminars. He never gave up!

Any money made off of this lens will be donated to CanLyme.com under Christa's name. Thank you!

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      I would like to start off the comments by saying, thank you Christa and Justin for letting me write this story about you. I first saw your video posted on Facebook and it really touched me. I though you were both so inspiring and wanted to get your story out there. Bless you both and I hope one day God grants you total healing Christa. Justin I commend you for standing by Christa through such hard times. I know it isn't easy for either of you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      PLEASE will you ttext me the name of this powder that you took to get rid of the biotoxins? I am desperate for help. I have had active, chronic Lyme since I was about 25 and I am soon a very young (but feel old) 52. I know this is a ridiculously long period of time, but I can't get over the Lyme. I have babesia as well. Dr's this I have been bitten a MINIMUM of 5-6 times and I carry multiple strains as well as babesia. I just threw up on our bed while I was reading your story. I need your help. I am too sick to check my e-mail on a regular basis, but you could text me at 814-823-7703 or friend me on Facebook and send me a message there. If you do not have those means avbailable to you, and I don't hear from you on one, I will check my e-mail. I just usually can't keep up with it as I get a massive volume. Thanks so much for helping me if you do. If you don't, I would appreciate your prayers. You will be in mine. I have brain damage from Lyme, and a damaged heart and a heart implant. I am scared that I will die very young as it is a real possibility because of my heart. Tonight I am suffering from fever, sweats, severe headache, nausea, and vomiting. I can barely stand to be alive. My husband is upset with me because I threw up. He isn't as caring of me and as understanding as in your situation. Sad, but true. Congratulations on your happy marriage and your remission. I pray that you will stay healthy and happy. You have a touching and heartwarming story. God bless!! Thank you Karen Reichter (on Facebook my date of birth is March 21 and my hometown is Embarrass Minnesota) (US) Again, thanks. I appreciate this so very much. I am struggling as only you and other Lymies understand.... (e-mail is nmnrangergirl@yahoo.com)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think the powder might be cholestryamine. It is a yellow powder that

      Tastes awful. You need a doctor's order for it

      Blessings to all

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      Truly an inspirational story of everything that a marriage is based upon! I am so touched by this . Justin and Christa I wish them the very best in all that life has to offer them! God Bless you both and a deffibite BLESSING of this Lens!!!!! : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow truly amazing. I am 19 and I also have Lyme. It is quite the journey that no one else could understand. The love between you two is so encouraging!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Christa and Justin. I truly understand the hardships you both have been through. I have late stage lyme as well. I've had it since I was treated (unsuccesfully) 20+ years ago. I was fortunate to only experience what would be "close" to the suffering you had for several months, not years. Misdiagnosed with R-Arthritis for a yr, I was treated on IV for 3 wks. The pain and flu like symtoms went away but the lyme slowly penetrated my central nervous system, causing serious nerve problems, emotional disturbance and neurological disorders that plagued my life since. We are fortunate to have found the help we needed. Marriage has been a rough road, especially for the 6 years we didn't know what was wrong. I wish you both all the best and a healthy future for your cherished marriage. We are waiting for the same thing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      By the way....the date you got engaged was the day we got married! SERIOUSLY!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Keep Christ at the center

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I cried a few times watching this part of your life. Mostly for what you have gone though and some for myself also living with undignosed lyme for 5 years. I am nowherewhereas sick as you were but I do live most of my days in bed with fatigue and pain. I am not able to have a life. Before I got sick I remarried (I lost my first husband of 14 years from cancer) We were married three years before he left me. He was nowhere near the man you are Justin. He is a lot like most of the doctors and friends that we met. Its sad but true. I have also run into the same thing with family. They get sick of you being sick. The illness, pain and fatigue is only part of the terrible incounters. I am so happy that you have finally gotten answers and even more so that you are on the path to recovery. Thank you for sharing this with others.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Justin and Christa's story is so very precious and you are definitely one couple I would love to connect personally with.

      My first thought was, can I clone this man! Justin, no one knows what it is like for the caregiver to love sacrificially, but to be driven by such a love. You are so on fire for the Lord and there to support your beautiful wife every second of the day. You understood the needed partnership with Christa's family so that she could live!

      Christa, you are such a strong woman of God, an amazing fighter and I pray you continue to run your race in your fight with Lyme and any co-infections you have, thankfully pushed into remission!!!

      I know exactly what you have and continue to go through in the battle. Yours is the closest story to mine that we have seen yet. I can personally can relate to the intensity of your pain. Most of the scenes were to close to home.

      Singing through the pain when possible or singing when even slight waves of relief from the pain, reading scripture, trusting sight unseen -yet suffering...I know how much you depend on the Lord for His mercy and comfort and His help to pull you through.

      Through this though, I appreciated your cry out to the Lord and your continually seeking him. It is truly the only way!

      I smiled when I heard a Josh Groban song was playing in the background on one of your good days. I see we both run to the same inspiration on rough days. There is something healing in his voice that sings with passion, pain, and strength with faith as the solid ground.

      I hope everyone who crosses this story and video takes the time to view it.

      I pray knowing that God will continue to help guide you and bring healing in all the ways that you now need. And I hope for the day we can meet. In Christ, HeatherRose

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      so glad things are getting better for you. wanted clarity on the fl1953....did you continue to treat for this along w/ the binding powder? what is the binding powder?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Christa, I have Chronic Lyme's so I understand your pain, fear, frustrations, and struggles. You are very blessed to have Justin as your husband. You both are standing in the "for better or worse, in sickness and in health" part of your marriage. Trust in the Lord. I would suggest you keep looking for a Lyme Literate Doctor. From my experience going through series of medications does help. Avoid super high doses as it can mess with your stomach, liver, and kidneys. When I had my PICC line my CD57 (lyme test) scores were at their best. I had to have my line removed due to infection. Know that you are not alone. I'm praying for you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Karen, the powder is likely Cholestyramine. It's used to bind cholesterol in the GI tract. But, it is also recommended to bind the die-off toxins that make us so much sicker when killing the lyme/tick bacteria's (this keeps them from re-absorbing into our bodies). I am also from MN! So sorry you are having such a hard time! I get it! I will email you.

      Wheresthekarma, This is a lovely story! Thank you for sharing it. It gives us, who have such similar uphill battles with Lyme/Co-infections, some hope! May He bless you, Justin, for being His Hands & Feet to Christa in her times of need. May the Lord bless you, Christa, with continued healing and hope!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just read your story and I am so sorry that you had to endure all that but am VERY happy to hear that Justin stuck by you through it all. I hope you are feeling better and enjoying your life with Justin. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis and it took FOUR years of doctors trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I was in hell. Constant severe pain. I almost died while in a fever coma due to neutropenia following an allergic reaction to a heavy duty antibiotic that they put in on through a PICC line. I still am in severe pain and sickness every day as my doctors and I are trying to find a medication to treat my symptoms. There is no cure yet. I have hope. God Bless you and keep you!! Keep the faith!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      OMG.... I watched the whole video, all 1 hour, 14 minutes of it. I don't think I have ever seen a person in so much pain. That poor girl. My heart was breaking for them both. What a wonderful husband she has there with her. So happy that she is now on the road to recovery finally!! I think I would have given up along time ago. They really do have such great strength and FAITH.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      May God always bless you and keep you both in His loving arms. I have Ankylosing spondylitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (from the base of my skull to my toes) and I also pass out and convulse from uncontrollable and unimaginable pain. With that said, I am SO SO SO truly blessed!!! God saw fit to bless me with an amazing husband who loves me so deeply that he gets frustrated only because he can not bare my pain for me, He also blessed me with 5 fantastic kiddos. I can only pray that our Father in heaven will continue to send down his Holy Messenger to carry and protect you through all your future endeavors in life!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Way to keep love the center of your marriage, despite massive difficulties. Your commitment to each other is incredible. My husband and I went through a fraction of this when I injured my back and could find no answers for the pain. Jeff was with me through every treatment: multiple surgeries, injections, medicines, etc. I even became addicted to Oxycontin and he saw me through the horror of it. I wish you both nothing but quality time together and many more beautiful rainbows!

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      lexxsweet 5 years ago

      My partner is sick all the time, in constant pain, no idea what's wrong - I'll be looking up these links. Thank you - It's a very touching story and I hope all works out for you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very helpful. We must never overlook any piece of the puzzle. Thanks for sharing. God bless you both. He already has, of course. :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      blessings to you both and your families and friends, sending you all love and light. wishing you both a great future thanks for sharing your very personal story. I can relate to some of the hurdles you faced as it took years to get my diagnosis of Lupus. Christa Hope your body makes a total recovery so happy to see how much in love you are. God love you both xxx <3<3<3 Jackie N. Ireland

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi LIsa, thank you for reading this, but i have to clarify, this is not my story...but Christa and Justins :) I do have chronic Lyme too since the early 1990s and that's why this story touched my heart so much.

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      @RazzbarryBreeze: Thank you for the blessing Razzbarry :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What is the binding powder you use?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Did you ever find out what the powder was?

      Thanks,

      Teresa

      ntruth7(at)yahoo(dot)com

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Guys IM sure the binding powder was Chlorestamine..That is what many LLMDS put you on to detox.

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      Wow, what a story. So pleased that you have battled together and grown stronger - it could have broken a weaker bond. Best wishes for a healthy and happy future together.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Christa and Justin, could you share the name of the LLMD who helped you pls? We live in Vancouver and i desperately need to find a good doctor for my sister who has had Lyme for 10+ years and all treatments so far have failed. Kudos to you both for hanging in and making this journey together.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I hope this story spreads throughout Canada and opens the door for diagnosis and treatment of others who suffer from TBDs but are dismissed because these illnesses "don't exist in Canada".

      This story came to my facebook page - and so I read it. Whoa, sad stuff, I thought, and considered bailing out. But I stuck with the narrative until suddenly I realized that Christa's story was all too familiar. At least the sick part - not the supportive family part. I have Lyme and Babesiosis (a protozoa). As I read your story, I could feel what was being described (except for the loving support of family).

      So at the end of it all, my first thought was how wonderful your husband and parents are to care for you in spite of the difficulties. To believe that you were ill with Something - and not finding reasons to blame you for your condition. I know that TBDs are not validated in Canada, especially Lyme. So I also ended with great respect for your doctor.

      But after all that - my thoughts turn to what Christa lived through and still found reasons to enjoy life. Even if it was in minutes and not days. I live in my minutes and sometimes they stretch into a day or two.

      And Justin - I can't find the words to describe how incredible he is to see through the pain and debility to the heart of the person he loved. And then to stay with her, to help her, even when she was barely present.

      So at the end, I'm glad I read your story as it gave me hope that others who share this journey can find someone to diagnose and treat their illness(es). And maybe it will help husbands and other family members validate and accept one of their family who has these overwhelmingly complex symptoms without a definition.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      You have done a huge service by sharing your story. I have a family member who went through a similar experience with Lyme's but not nearly as horrendous as yours. You are both very brave and inspirational. Blessings.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Justin and Christa, I also have Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease and have been battling it for around 7 years. My husband as well as family members help out a lot! I am very sick as well and I just started seeing a doctor in Redwood City California, he is very well known and is one of the top doctors on the west coast. I highly recommend him. I have seen many doctors who have put me on all kinds of antibiotics and herbal remedies and yet I still suffer from short term memory loss, extreme pain which is now pretty much gone because I am on the Fentanyl Patch which as been a miracle for pain. I have double vision, headaches, shakiness, loss of the ability to walk, I been in a wheelchair steady for over a year now and before that I use a cane and crutches when I'm not too wobbly, along with many other symptoms. This disease is horrible and I'm so happy to hear that you have so many people that are supporting you. You need a support system to get through everyday! I would love to talk more with you both if you'd like. I too have a video of what I've been going through as well. My email address is charity.mcgill@gmail.com. I have tried many things that have helped my symptoms as well as wasted money on scam type systems. I too am from Canada and many people come down to Redwood City to see this doctor because he is so good. If you'd like his name and more information please feel free to email me. It's nice to have other people to talk to that know what you are going through. I will pray for you. Take Care.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Justin and Christa, I also have Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease and have been battling it for around 7 years. My husband as well as family members help out a lot! I am very sick as well and I just started seeing a doctor in Redwood City California, he is very well known and is one of the top doctors on the west coast. I highly recommend him. I have seen many doctors who have put me on all kinds of antibiotics and herbal remedies and yet I still suffer from short term memory loss, extreme pain which is now pretty much gone because I am on the Fentanyl Patch which as been a miracle for pain. I have double vision, headaches, shakiness, loss of the ability to walk, I been in a wheelchair steady for over a year now and before that I use a cane and crutches when I'm not too wobbly, along with many other symptoms. This disease is horrible and I'm so happy to hear that you have so many people that are supporting you. You need a support system to get through everyday! I would love to talk more with you both if you'd like. I too have a video of what I've been going through as well. My email address is charity.mcgill@gmail.com. I have tried many things that have helped my symptoms as well as wasted money on scam type systems. I too am from Canada and many people come down to Redwood City to see this doctor because he is so good. If you'd like his name and more information please feel free to email me. It's nice to have other people to talk to that know what you are going through. I will pray for you. Take Care.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Romans 8...but God did see fit to heal Christa, in His perfect time. What a wonderful testimony to God's love and yours and Justin's

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      myamya 5 years ago

      thank you for posting this lens! thumbs up

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      menskincaretips 5 years ago

      Amazing story and thank you for sharing! When you know you've found you're other half there is nothing that can separate that union.

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      pajnhiaj 5 years ago

      i love your lens! just looking at your images brought tears to my eyes and the words are so touching. Blessings!

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      blondebecky 5 years ago

      Could bring a tear to your eye! Very sad and happy.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Christa and Justin, I have read your story and watched your video through tears, ending in tears of joy. Joyous that you seem finally able to live and love, thank God, indeed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Justin and Christa, you are the epitome of true love. In sickness and in health til death parts you. I just want to commend you on your perseverance and faith. May you continue to heal and grow as a couple and may God Bless you as you continue on your journey!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This is a unconditional love story. So glad that Christa is well now. What a long road to travel. Blessed! Please add this to my New Year 2012 Blessings and Zazzle lens.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Wow, I am completely overwhelmed. This is written with heart and compassion. What a wonderful couple and so very brave you two are. Photos are amazing. I wish you continued good health and I know love will keep you two battling Lyme disease together. God bless the wonderful LLMDND who never gave up. There ARE good people in this world who care.

      Most respectfully and with great admiration,

      Rose

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Christa and Justin - My husband has suffered from lyme disease and coinfections for more than two years and possibly since 2007. We have a good lyme doctor but the struggles and pain are so intense it is terrifying. But God brings us through each day and some days are good days and some are bad days. It is encouraging to see that there can be improvement and look forward to that day. Pray you continue to heal.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Christa and Justin - My husband has suffered from lyme disease and coinfections for more than two years and possibly since 2007. We have a good lyme doctor but the struggles and pain are so intense it is terrifying. But God brings us through each day and some days are good days and some are bad days. It is encouraging to see that there can be improvement and look forward to that day. Pray you continue to heal.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Ohh the dearest couple! What a story of strength, courage and TRUE love. Angel blessed.

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      What an amazing story! Christa and Justin are an inspiration and their story shows that love can endure throught anything. Blessed lens :)

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      knit1tat2 5 years ago

      what a testimony of love! Thank you so much for sharing this and the answers to the health problems, which I believe will help so many from suffering!

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      HaeGee 5 years ago

      God bless their love.....I love this heartwarming love story. I'll pray for Christa & others who are suffering from the disease.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This lens deserves an Squidoo angle blessing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      God bless their love...good lens

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      Stopping by again to say what an inspiration these two young people are. Your love is a testimony to what TRUE LOVE really is ..God Bless

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Justin & Christa, You're amazing! Faith, Family & Love is the foundation of endless possibilities, you guys had the ability to see this at a young age. God will see us through unimaginable circumstances in life but, I've never seen this kind of devotion in a very long time. I'm in awe of you both. May God continue to bless you. WOW!

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      vanidiana24 5 years ago

      I hope their love goes stronger every day, and she'll eventually be completely healed.

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      vanidiana24 5 years ago

      I hope their love goes stronger every day, and she'll eventually be completely healed.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Came back to Google +1 this and nominate it for a purple star - hope you get it, it is well-deserved. Take good care,

      Rose

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thank heavens for a sustaining faith. I'm not sure how anyone would survive such a tremendous trial like this without it. Makes me realize I have absolutely nothing to complain about. Grateful that Christa and Justin have a love that can endure such an extensive ordeal. Wishing them many blessings in life along with a total healing. Thank you for telling their powerful story.

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      ronaldpakasi 5 years ago

      I like this lens sooooo much!! Really great story, I hope Christa and Justin are really well right now. May God bless you two always!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      A very touching story. Hope she will get well soon.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      What an amazing journey through pain and suffering and love. I'm glad I read it on Valentine's Day. Best wished for continued improvement.

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      priscillab 5 years ago

      I hope she is well soon and all her suffering is in the past. Of course he stayed by her side- he truly loves her! What a wonderful love story. Through sickness and in health.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was already misty but the rainbow got me...it's a promise! Christa and Justin are the sweetest of the sweet and made even sweeter on this journey. Let's all think again when we think we're having a bad day. A ton of scriptures have swirled through my thoughts as I've read along and will share the one that goes something like this, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has laid up for those who love him and are called according to His purpose." Blessed.

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      Sue Dixon 5 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      A very moving story very well told. Wishing them and all their family the best possible outcome. Blessed.

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      mantele11 5 years ago

      WOW. Very beautiful story! Love it!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this amazing love story. It's a perfect example of how powerful love and faith are. I can't even imagine the pain Christa suffered through all those years, or the helplessness Justin must've felt. But God does promise that he'll never leave us nor forsake us.

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      NAIZA LM 5 years ago

      What an incredible couple! It's very rare to find that someone special who will always be there for you for better or for worse and sickness and health.. I admire their faith and love for each other. Beautifully written. Thanks for sharing their story to us.:)

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story! Its so beautiful.

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      Dana Marie 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      What a love story! Prayers to you both for good health and a lifetime of blessings

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      manishrocks 5 years ago

      You have shared the superb love story. My best wishes are with both of them and what a couple they are, they made for each other. This is the real love and GOD bless both of them. I will pray too for her, that she should recover soon. Thanks for sharing a nice lens, its really good to read something like this..

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      Heidi Reina 5 years ago from USA

      What a difficult journey these two have been on. So much suffering, and yet they've overcome it. And you've provided valuable info for us all on lyme disease, biotoxins and parasites.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lime Disease is a horrible disease, I can only imagine how hard it has been for this wonderful young couple, and I hope and pray that Christa will soon be free of her pain.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      All the best to you both. I am sure Justin feels everything Christa does - joy and sadness.

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      top101 5 years ago

      Wow how inspiring and beautiful.

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      Wow, you are truly amazing. What a wonderful perseverance love story!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awe-inspiring and an amazing life of courage and strength! Wish the best of them both. :)

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      JEMArtistry 5 years ago

      An Inspiring Couple! I wish them both all the best life has to offer!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I literally spent my entire morning on this lens, which is very rare for me! I cried my way through the video...watched every minute. Christa and Justin are incredible and so inspiring. To endure so many years of such severe pain, fighting through it and coming out on the other side, living in faith and helping others who may be going through similar situations. This video has changed the way I look at my life...this life is so precious and we should fight for it and live every day to the fullest! Maybe we all need that reminder every now and then. Blessed!

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      ktanna1 5 years ago

      Wow I just want to cry. This such a scary, sad and hopeful story. I hope you have a wonderful life together.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      What an amazing, inspiring couple. A very beautiful and touching story. May God richly bless you.

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      KatherineWakefield 5 years ago

      Wow what a journey and an amazing example of true love.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We want say may god contenue blessing both of you and Justin we would like to say your a blessing that god send to her because after what both of you went thru you never gave up and both of you showdown that you both love each other very much story's like yours not often you hear so we want to let both of you know that in life we were told that it was not going to be a easy life and many people don't understand that until they go. Thru life and experience something in life and when they do some marriages don't last but what both of you went thru god will conteniue giving your wife streaghth and you guidance for your wife to getting. Better always remember faith is the key to loving each other so may god bless both you and your wife and both of your family ok may u both have a blessing day :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      God bless! What an amazing lens. You two are such a blessed, faith-filled, beautiful couple. Thank you for sharing your love story. I am praying for you.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      You are so beautiful and so blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Christa and Justin I wish you both well, god bless you both.

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      davie-olivo 5 years ago

      Your Lense is inspiring I wish your both the best that the world has to Offer God Bless you Both.

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      I pray for people in their position, hopefully they will be strong and continue to fight. See you around the galaxy...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Julia,

      Sorry we have not replied sooner. We had not checked these amazing comments until just recently! Our Lyme specialist is Dr. Marty Ross from Seattle. Have a lot good things to say about him. His clinic is the Healing Arts Partnership. Hope this helps:) God bless.

      Also, check out survivingmold.com as Dr. Shoemaker's biotoxin research played a big part in our journey.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Julia,

      Sorry we have not replied sooner. We had not checked these amazing comments until just recently! Our Lyme specialist is Dr. Marty Ross from Seattle. Have a lot good things to say about him. His clinic is the Healing Arts Partnership. Hope this helps:) God bless.

      Also, check out survivingmold.com as Dr. Shoemaker's biotoxin research played a big part in our journey.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Teri,

      Sorry for the late reply. Yes it is Cholestyramine. You can find out a lot about the science and research from Dr. Shoemaker at www.survivingmold.com

      God Bless!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Shannon,

      Sorry for the late reply. Yes we did. The "binding powder" is Cholestyramine. It is not an infection killer, only a biotoxin remover. For more info on the science and research behind it: www.survivingmold.com God bless.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We just updated our website :)

      www.justinandchrista.ca

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I will add a link to it Justin.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing this heart touching lens and congratulations for winning the purple star. angelblessings.

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      A beautiful story. You obviously know our Savior. Suffering is sometimes incomprehensible. But we can look to see the good that God promises to bring to those who are called according to His purpose. Praying for continued blessing and healing.

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      Hey, some great news! I have a young friend, a teenager. When we met her she was in a wheelchair. It's been a long few years and she is walking again, but it has been undiagnosed Lymes disease. They knew, but the doctors were not in agreement. They finally found a doctor who did correct diagnosis and she is almost in remission now. It's a difficult disease to deal with, as doctors can be less than helpful sometimes.

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      An incredible story. Thank you for sharing it.

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      troybreimon lm 5 years ago

      wonderful story

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing and stay brave as you both are!

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      A very inspiring love story. God Bless you both.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this AMAZING story!!! I am SO glad that things are better and I will add you to my prayer list... You are BOTH amazing! Thank you for letting us remember what TRUE LOVE and FAITH really are.

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Very touching love story and beautiful couples!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      wow...touching and sad

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      nicely done on spotlighting this story! :)P

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Such an amazing story... it's proof that a relationship can survive anything.

      ~BLESSED~

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      susanne-currier 5 years ago

      What a journey! May God richly bless you as your story.....His story....will help so many! Justin is an amazing example of a truly COURAGEOUS man of God! Can't wait to meet you guys in heaven! Be healthy and may your love for the Lord and each other glorify our Savior!

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      Wow, what a story. Thanks for sharing it. I wish you both the best.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Justin and Christa, stay strong for each other! NEVER EVER give up!!! Love will see you through! Everybody has their own secret battles in life, and yours was one that almost killed you, but YOU MADE IT! Let's hope that the Lyme disease does not come back! It will ALWAYS be in your body. So this little fact means that you will ALWAYS have to be aware of ANY changes!

      Good luck to the both of you! May God be your guiding force!

      Love, Mary

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Wow what a story. I am so glad for Christa and Justin that they finally found a doctor to diagnose and successfully treat her extremely rare illness. Rare illnesses are indeed extremely difficult to deal with. The very best of wishes Christa and Justin - may your lives be oh so very blessed from this point forward.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      What a story...such love. Christa is beautiful and she and Justin make a lovely couple. I do hope the treatments continue to improve Christa's life.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      What a story, very inspiring, meaningful, and through it all you two stayed strong! May God continue to bless you!

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      What a story, very inspiring, meaningful, and through it all you two stayed strong! May God continue to bless you!

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      Jules Corriere 4 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Lovely.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I cannot believe what I just read! Ya'lls story absolutely parallels our life! I would love to have a chance to chat with you Christa! I mean it, yours and Justins story is mine and my soon-to-be husbands story almost to a tee except we hit an 1800 lbs. steer in the middle of the road instead of an elk! My name is Kerri and my fiancees name is Jamie...my email is kerbear909!@gmail.com...I would love to hear from yall! We are in Texas!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sorry I typed my email address wrong...Kerbear909@gmail.com...I look forward to hearing from yall!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      Wow, what a story and an amazing couple of people.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Dear Christa & Justin, I have been suffering from Lyme for almost 3 years now. However, I wasn't diagnosed until this past July. Like you, I had scene countless Doctors, and had my body tested from head to toe. Yet, all I ever received from these test were more medical bills to pay. Additionally, I started to have symptoms shortly after my Father died in 2009. Therefore, most Doctor's assumed that I was suffering from grief, and told me to go see a therapist! (Which I did. But, only to get a letter saying that my symtoms were not related to grief.) However, I now believe that since I was extremely stressed out from both my Dad's premature death, and my high pressure sales job that I had at that time. That it did in fact cause this disease to spread quickly throughout my body. So, after I went through months of counseling. I was able to get Doctor's to consider that I may actually be sick, and convinced them to do rule outs for what I thought could be the problem. Also, like you. In the first year of my illness, I would still have a few lower pain days. But, in the summer of 2011 my pain was so bad that I had no choice but to quit working. Additionally, my husband's department was let go two weeks after I quit my job. So, as you can imagine, the added stress of both of us being unemployed caused my pain to flare up to the point I was considering suicide. But, with the love of my husband, and the inability to leave my then 3 year old daughter, I kept searching for an answer. Then in October of 2011, I met a wonderful woman who had connectins to a local pain care center. Therefore, even though I never liked to take drugs, I was grateful for the reduced pain. Actually, I really don't know how I could of made it this far without them. However, to make a very long story short. This past June, both my husband and daughter had ticks attached to them on the same day. So, when my husband saw a flyer for a man that was giving a lecture about Lyme disease in our town, he quickly told me and my mother in law about it. I was too sick to go. But, my mother in law agreed to go so my husband didn't have to leave me home alone. So, when she left the lecture, she was convinced that I had Lyme disease and brought us some pamphlets to look at. Which were a life saver! Because, when I discovered that I had about 80% of Lyme symptoms, I just started to cry. Although, I can't explain why. I just knew that we had found what I was sufferung from. But, then it was finding a Doctor who would properly treat my Lyme disease. (As you know. Most Doctors will only give 3 weeks of antibiotics.) However, luckily we were given a name of a naturalpathic Doctor that is only seeing Lyme patients now. But, I did have to wait 6 long weeks for my first appointment. So, now I am taking 3 kinds of antibiotics, and am hopefully on a path to recovery. Although, I was told that it may take a year before I start to feel well again. But, at least I now know what I have. It is the not knowing that drives you crazy. Sorry, if I am rambling. I just relate to yourstory so much that i wanted to share some of mine. However, I would love to talk to you. Could you please email me at Nevergiveuphope2@gmail.com?

      Take care,

      Deena

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Christa, I am so glad you found each other and Justin you are a wonderful man for staying by her like you have. My story with Lyme is the same as most took a few years before we knew. My couch turned into what I called my coffin and I lived on it for 3 years. My husband has stuck by my side and done everything for me. It is not an easy thing to watch your loved one in pain and have to give up so much yourself. I know it has been hard on him, just as it has been hard on you. Sometimes I think it is the ones carry for us would just love to run and i believe a lot have. however true love can make it threw anything, just for the few precious moments we may be able to give and I thank God everyday for my husband. I wish you both many more years together and all the happiness in the world. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us.

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      Wish you all the best, Christa and Justin...

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      Earwurm 4 years ago

      Amazing story. I also saw your YouTube video, very inspirational.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Much love to you both. <3 <3

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sorry I have to come back and say, so brave so strong you deserve nothing but happyness. I hope and wish you all the best. love to you all.

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      storytimesam 4 years ago

      What courage and great love for each other. May your dreams and life get stronger each day. God bless you to total health and happiness.

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      DrElizabethAnn 3 years ago

      Wow. I have a friend who recently told me he has Lyme Disease, and I knew nothing. Your lens is inspiring and informative. Thank you for sharing.

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