Today we leave to return home to Austin after spending the last six days in the Seattle area. We found the most beautiful treetop garage apartment on a property that used to be a dairy farm. Our hosts, Joy and Jammer, made us feel welcome while we stayed at their serene and well-appointed lodging overlooking Lake Washington and a canopy of green with finches and hummingbirds and, mostly, a bright blue-sky (Thank you Seattle!).


I am much further along in treatment than my daughter who was only recently diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I think on some level, I must have always known that she was unwell. Still it remains for me inconceivably hard.

Say hello to Chaleigh. We were talking about how socially awkward we feel in the world.

The work Chaleigh did on this trip with her doctor focused on correcting imbalances in her system from injuries she has had in the last several years. It was unspeakably painful for me to witness but (later) powerfully healing for us both.

Chaleigh received no less than thirty or forty injections. On the first day after returning home, she noted in her journal other injuries, which were addressed the following day. You do not volunteer for this kind of treatment unless you are truly suffering and determined to find balance and healing. Experiencing the simple truth that she was hurting so much that she would volunteer for these painful injections was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my entire life. It was followed by three days of crying.



But, just to cheer you up, besides tears, there was also laughter, hugs and lots of sunshine!


This is the first time in two years that I did not test for injections. I had only one UVBI IV. My protocol focused on the usual things; antimicrobial support, organ health, endocrine and neurological support. The best news is that my thyroid appears to be doing well still after discontinuing all thyroid medication after addressing massive dental infections.

(We appreciate the dedication, commitment, presence and compassion and feel so blessed to know each and every person that is available for patient-care at The Sophia Health Institute.)

The last night we were in our treetop apartment, Chaleigh suggested we go on a “nature adventure” which was the best thing ever. Chay taught me how. Here is an exchanges between us.

Mom: Chay, you know it is illegal to take things from people’s yards.

Chay: Yes but HOW illegal?

Apparently I took the nature-adventure thing pretty seriously because I started adding rules about nature-adventures and picked a couple flowers (Chay says we should only pick up things from the ground… that is not what she DOES, it is what she SAYS). I also became very territorial about my little gifts which were later placed in bags and pressed between the pages of a book left by sweet Beth who was receiving treatment here the week before we arrived. (Note to our lovely hostess; we only picked a couple flowers.)


Nature is SO healing!

Lessons learned:

  1. When life is really hard, hug often and for a long time. (Thank you Sarah!)
  2. When life is really hard, look for your gifts and count your blessings twice.
  3. When life is really hard, remember the spiritual growth that comes with extraordinary challenges.
  4. When life is hard, reach out to support someone else whose life may be even harder.
  5. When is is hard, remember you are so much bigger than your circumstance in life.
  6. When life is hard, remember that this too shall pass.
  7. When life is hard, remember that you are beautiful.

Love, light, healing,


Words, Well Scent

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