Who Am I?
My name is Clayton Phillipp. I’m a 29-year-old guy from Idaho.
I don’t really have a hidden motive for starting this website, but I’ve experienced Lyme disease first hand and lived to tell about it. I’ve gone through the ringer like so many others I’ve met and decided I wanted to help more than just those that know me personally.
As you can see, I have a family. I’m truly lucky because for the longest time I wasn’t sure I would get one.
My Lyme Story
Like many who might read this, I didn’t get the luxury of a nice bull’s-eye rash to alert me that my body was about to go to war. Instead, I was a sixteen year old who spent his days at track and swim practice, his nights playing soccer and basketball, and vacationing in the Rocky Mountains where I enjoyed hiking and dirt biking with my family.
But unlike my teammates and friends there was something that had been nagging me – slowly weakening my immune system and eating away at my confidence. I couldn’t explain the strange sensations in my legs or the dull ache’s in my joints that had started snapping and popping like an old man when I walked. So like an ignorant teenager, I ignored the foreign sensations and chalked them up to growing pains, or something like that.
It wasn’t until I was out of high school when one day my ankle started to swell and my knees and hips finally decided they had had enough that I knew something wasn’t right.
I went from doctor to doctor, eventually landing on the prognosis that I had Rheumatoid Arthritis. I took my medications and tried not to complain, even though they didn’t seem to help anything. Finally someone mentioned Lyme disease to me and so I asked to be tested.
Of course the test came back negative – I mean I had been on anti-inflammatories and other medications for years at this point, but I didn’t know any better.
Falling further into depression I was close to giving up. I had gotten married by this point, and though my wife was the most loving, supportive person I’d ever met, I couldn’t help but feel guilty for not knowing my health would be slowly slipping away. How would I be able to support her, or feel capable of starting a family when I could hardly leave the house.
I didn’t sleep from the pain. I didn’t have the energy to care either, so I just did what I could and tried to pretend life was normal.
For some reason, I can’t explain why, but I couldn’t shake the thought of Lyme disease. I asked around a bit more. After all, I was reading some interesting reports about the inaccuracies of testing and truthfully I had nothing to lose by seeking further opinions. But this was immediately met with the most illogical responses possible, “Lyme doesn’t exist in Idaho…”, I was told.
It wasn’t until a few more years had past that we’d finally saved enough money and done enough research to seek further counsel. We found a doctor who ran some exhaustive blood work and after several years of intense treatments, dietary restrictions, and a complete overhaul of the way I approached life, I can finally say I believe I’m Lyme free.
I finally have the family I hoped for: Asher Clayton Phillipp – born July 12th 2014.
Asher was born Lyme free thanks to the help of our doctor’s.
He is a special person and one of the reasons I want to help others in similar situations.
So Why Did I Start The Surviving Lyme Disease Website?
Through my adventure, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with a lot of other people suffering from Lyme, or friends and family of those that are suffering. I’ve done my best to help everyone I’ve come across. But so often I leave them wishing I could do more.
I want to share everything and be as transparent as I can so that anyone who might find this website, might take something from it to give them a fighting chance.
Lyme stole some of the best years of my early life and to this day the memories of my pain and depression linger. While my symptoms are for the most part completely gone, I still feel the aftershock in my joints and muscles. For these reasons, I want to help others.
If I can prevent even one more person from suffering needlessly than this entire project will have been worth it.
Lastly, I don’t consider myself an expert in any way, my experiences and advice that I give may not help everyone – far from it actually.
I expect anyone who reads my story to take what works for them and tailor it to their situation. After all Lyme is if nothing else a very complex disease.
This is why you won’t see me claim to know everything in regards to Lyme – not because I don’t have some very knowledgeable stories to share, but because honestly most of the information I could give you can be heard by hundreds of others, not to mention many more who will say just the opposite. It’s really up to you to decide what you think is right. Though if you need some help figuring stuff out, please use my contact form to send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I genuinely believe in helping others and would love to hear from you!
Recovering from Lyme disease takes a lot of hard work, a lot of patience and a little bit of luck too, although I honestly believe anyone can find some improvement with the right protocol.
I know I have been lucky, or at least I feel that way. I am here to help you find a bit of luck too, however I want to do it the right way. I speak only from my experience and please don’t feel like you owe me anything because of it. This is my way of paying forward the amazing things that have happened to me.
You won’t get any miracle cures from me, long sales pages or pushy oppinions – just real life case studies and recommendations based on my own experience with recovering from Lyme disease.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope to see you on the site again soon!