This is the term I’ve been using more often. I’ve resisted it for a while now.
If I talk about having “lyme disease,” then there’s the implication that I recently went for that hike and found the bull’s eye rash perhaps a month ago.
I feel silly talking about it as “lyme disease” when I’ve been treated for it for over 3 years and I don’t know when I first got it. I remember symptoms as early as 2 years prior to that.
By switching gears and using the “new word,” I am not going to lay down and let it take me out. I am simply admitting that I’m up against something bigger than I’ve wanted to admit. I’m going to keep on keeping on. I’m going to keep on trying to feel as good as possible.