My Lyme Story

I’m Hannah. I’m 41 years old, British and currently live in Sydney, Australia. In my 20s I was very active, riding, sailing and travelling.

After back-packing for a year I fell ill in 2006 with a flu-like illness that I couldn’t get rid of. I saw 10 doctors, but I got steadily worse over 6 years with a long list of unexplained health issues before finally finding out I had chronic, late-stage  Lyme Disease in Darwin, Australia in 2012.

I was in bed for 23 hours a day with over 30 horrible symptoms, too sick to travel home to the UK and 12,000 miles away from family & friends……. At times I actually wanted to die.

I couldn’t work. I lost my 6 year relationship, 2 businesses, my home, my social life & most of my friends.

Once finally correctly diagnosed (by a brave Lyme aware doctor) I discovered that the Australian Govt. denies that ‘Lyme Disease’ exists & offers zero help with testing, treatment or support. Doctors are being told not to diagnose or treat any cases of Australian ‘Lyme disease’ or they risk having their medical licence taken away!

I did 3 months research into successful treatments, gathered info from healthcare & Lyme experts in Europe, USA & Australia and came up with my own 100% natural treatment plan, mostly done at home for minimal cost.

I was symptom free in 12 months and working, travelling and exercising 100% again by 15 months.

I have been symptom free for well over 3 years now. I feel amazing.

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Me very sick with chronic Lyme Disease in late 2012
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Starting to feel better on my Lyme Disease treatment plan in 2013

 

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Fully recovered & feeling fantastic in 2014 – Lyme free!
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Hannah – symptom free for well over 3 years and feeling amazing in 2017!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took a different approach to some conventional Lyme disease treatments.

I based my treatment plan on a simplified version of Dr Klinghardt’s protocol, combined with expertise from other Lyme Literate MDs & Healers, Naturopaths & my own extensive research.  I didn’t take any pharmaceutical antibiotics but used powerful plant based products instead. I reduced the toxic load, removed pathogens, viruses and bacteria and kicked my immune system back into action so my body could deal with the Lyme itself!

My treatment plan had 4 main phases:

  1. Detox
  2. Nutrition
  3. Tackling Lyme & Coinfections
  4. Body Rebalance & Healing

Covering 7 stages:

  • Reducing stressors & toxins
  • Boosting health & energy
  • Removing parasites, pathogens, heavy metals & viruses
  • Gut healing
  • Antimicrobial foods & products
  • Immune system support
  • Whole body healing

During my recovery I set up the Lyme Online support group in Darwin to help with the social isolation & find friends who actually understood Lyme disease and its terrible effects.

Once I felt ready to venture out again I soooo wanted to travel to make up for lost time….. but I was broke….. so I got a job crewing on a yacht for a few months, stayed with friends in Melbourne and then drove a $1 relocation campervan across Australia to Perth with travel buddies I found on Gumtree!

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Hannah fully recovered from Lyme Disease & crewing on a yacht in 2014.
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Hannah feeling amazing on her first big road trip from since recovering from Lyme Disease in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then my beautiful parents paid for me to fly home to see my family after 3 long years apart, which was emotional!

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Back in the UK in 2015 after a 12,000 mile trip to see my gorgeous family after fully recovering from chronic Lyme!

I wanted to really test my health so I flew back to OZ, sold all my possessions, gave up my house, packed my car and drove 6500 kms south. I funded my travelling by writing magazine articles on locations I passed through, and worked for in exchange for accommodation. I did multiple house sitting jobs and started riding & skiing again thanks to generous new friends.

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Healthy, happy and riding again! – Sept 2016
Hannah enjoying a full days skiing at Thredbo, Australia – Aug 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy, healthy and working with horses again in 2017 – Lyme free!

I regularly talk to Lyme patients who contact me but this is getting a little overwhelming. So before I start full-time work again

I want to reach out to other struggling Lyme patients by writing an eBook on my successful recovery to encourage and inspire people that there is hope.

My Lyme Recovery Story eBook will contain:

  • A guide to Lyme disease
  • Information for family, friends & healthcare practitioners who may not understand Lyme
  • Lyme awareness poster
  • My coping strategies
  • My complete 7 stage treatment plan: products, supplements, doses & therapies
  • My weekly shopping list
  • My Lyme diet meal plan
  • My exercise plan
  • How to get more support from your workplace, family & friends
  • Alternative work & income ideas
  • Contacts, practitioners and links to information, help & support

I want to provide the eBook I wish I’d had when I was diagnosed.

The information is the result of 6 years of dealing with undiagnosed Lyme, 3 years of research into healing late-stage Lyme, many talks with Lyme aware professionals and recovered patients – My entire personal healing experience – which worked amazingly for me.

My book is currently in the final design stages and I will launch it as soon as I can!

Regular updates on my eBook and adventures will be posted on this site.

Please connect with me on my Layers of LYME Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram or contact me using the form below. Thank you! Hannah 🙂

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Hannah Green – Sydney & London

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How my unconventional approach led to my full recovery from chronic Lyme Disease