June 1, 2022

Lyme Lives Here - How A Mother's Battle To Live With An Unknown Disease Changed Her Family Forever

Lyme Lives Here - How A Mother's Battle To Live With An Unknown Disease Changed Her Family Forever

While everyone was quarantined in 2020, Kristi and her family remained healthy and happy.

However, that didn’t last long. Kristi started to feel a summer flu-like symptom which eventually led to her feeling poisoned.

Kristi Hellenbrand and her daughter Brooklynn have lived with Lyme for two years now. And it has had a hold on their family in so many different ways. This is the story of a mother who battled to live with an unknown disease and changed her family forever.

In this episode, Kristi and Brooklynn share their journey on how they fought against an unknown disease. A story of how a mother and a daughter’s relationship was strengthened through the challenges they had to face. 

In this episode:

[03:03] Back in 2020, when everyone was quarantined, Kristi and her family remained healthy and happy.

[03:42] In the summer Kristi started to feel a summer flu-like symptom then started to feel the real flu and as weeks went by she began to feel poisoned. 

[04:55] She eventually went to see a doctor, an integrative specialist. Together they went through a list of different diagnoses. However, symptoms progressed quickly which started with her feet feeling like it’s floating.

[06:52] When her cardiologist saw her with a cane and pointed out her imbalance issues, she was told to see a neurologist.

[07:47] Kristi got admitted to the hospital. She had undergone MRIs of her brain and her spine but they didn’t find any tumor. 

[09:45] As everything else was ruled out, she was about to be released with no answers. And they also rejected the possibility of Lyme.

[11:15] Once she got home, she got in touch with the functional medicine doctor. The doctor diagnosed her with Lyme and went on to treat her for 60 days. And within 60 days, she was walking again.

[02:52] Kristi still experiences symptoms and issues. For Kristi, the Lyme bacteria will never be truly gone.

[14:31] Everyday life has changed for Kristi, she can no longer cook meals for her kids. And her daughter Brooklyn would drive her to doctor’s appointments and pick up groceries for her.

[16:30] Brooklynn’s usual routine has changed. She never left the house and she became her mom’s nurse.

[17:50] She was losing sleep over worry for her mom and waking up early to take over the responsibilities her mom used to do.

[19:25] While Kristi was very sick, her son Blake was also going through a difficult time with his emotions and Brooklynn was also missing her friends.

[21:38] Brooklynn felt lost at one point but after going out withher friend she felt normal again.

[23:55] Kristi tried the Horwitz protocol which was a slow progress but was also effective. And the last to go were her migraines. She was able to drive again.

[26:22] She also started DNRS or Dynamic Neural Retraining System program with Annie Hopper, an online program that essentially retrains your brain to address chemical sensitivities, mold sensitivities, and emotional stresses.

[27:44] Brooklynn chose a project that she’s passionate about, she chose to address Lyme Disease. 

[30:09] With the help of her graphic designer friend, Brooklyn created an infographic and a website which has garnered 120 views out of her 200 goal.

[31:16] Brooklynn wanted to bring awareness through her project. She wanted people to learn that Lyme is a serious disease and that how the ticks in our are dangerous.

About Kristi and Brooklynn Hellenbrand

Kristi Hellenbrand and her daughter Brooklynn have lived with Lyme for two years now. And it has had a hold on their family in so many different ways. Kristi is a chiropractor by trade, a mother of three teenagers. For 23 years they’ve been taking care of a misfit animals in their farm. Kristi’s daughter, Brooklynn is a rising junior in high school. She had an ordinary life until Lyme took hold of their family. Kristi became an advocate and started a support group with other fabulous women. And during this time, Brooklynn also decided to launch her website and called it Lime Lives Here

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