I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2019.
I had visited lots of doctors for over seven years beforehand looking for a diagnosis that would explain my symptoms. Aches and pains, brain fog, fatigue, oedema, mood swings, sore joints. Unfortunately I was misdiagnosed lots of times.
Eventually I took matters into my own hands and was diagnosed with Lyme disease and multiple coinfections, by a private clinic that tests for and treats these types of infections.
I’m currently 3 years into treatment. I took antibiotics for 2 years and am now trying to treat more holistically using herbs and other protocols.
I regularly like to try and treat myself with methods such as ozone, gua sha, sauna. I’ve also been tested for mycotoxins and am using binders to treat for that too.
As a career, I am a presenter, stand-up comedian and content creator and have been very lucky to have worked on national televison and radio as well as interview at red carpet events. This was incredibly difficult to juggle amongst my increasing fatigue and symptoms.
Since treatment I’ve been able to start work again but at a much slower pace. It’s definitely one of the biggest challenges with Lyme disease, trying to pace myself and live a some-what semi-normal life whilst still undergoing treatment.
I think there needs to be more awareness for Lyme disease sufferers especially in the UK and in the medical profession. I was told countless times by doctors that my symptoms were hormonal or it was implied I was “making a fuss”, and I’m really relieved now to have a diagnosis and make progress with my health. I still feel like it’s a journey of healing but I’m on the right track now, and I’m still learning all the time.
I hope one day to live a completely symptom-free life, get back to my career which I love and making upbeat and positive content.
I’ve been very fortunate that during lockdown whilst I was undergoing treatment I was able to occasionally create content online, and been lucky enough to gain over 1 million followers on TikTok.
I made the film ‘Ticked off – Why I vanished’ in 2021 when I was asked to attend a London film festival. Normally when I attend these events, I make a comedy film but that year it only felt right to make a film to raise awareness for this horrible disease. It was premiered in Odeon Leicester Square in October 2021 and has since gone on my social media channels this year.