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After years of living a limited life with chronic illness, Kacie began to see a new chapter unfold. Tune in to hear how her story turned to hope and healing!

Healing Fibromyalgia & Lyme with Kacie Fleming

Chronic illness has this way of sneaking up on you, doesn’t it? Most of us could admit that the signs were there. Maybe they’ve even been there awhile.

But we keep covering the flashing lights or silencing the alarms.

We push through. We get things done in spite of the pain. Or we tell ourselves “this will pass.”

Until we can’t.

Until the symptoms become just enough to start calling some of the shots. Instead of pushing through, we find ourselves weighing out the costs of simple actions. Things we used to do without giving them a second thought.

Kacie’s story is all to relatable. And it begins with an all-too-familiar thought of “something’s just not right.”

From one diagnosis to another, as her list grew and pills were prescribed, she found herself in another world.

The land of chronic illness. A place where resting after a shower, canceling plans, and eating a limited diet was the new norm.

But her story didn’t end there. She pursued other opinions, holistic treatment, and opened her mind to a completely different approach to healing.

Her story is now one that is full of healing and hope for both herself and others – and she’s sharing her journey of how it’s all been unfolding today on the podcast!

She and I have both embarked on the DNRS program, which we’ll also be talking about during our chat. You won’t want to miss it if you’ve been considering learning more about neuroplasticity!

Listen in….

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Is it possible to heal chronic illness naturally? After receiving multiple diagnoses that could have meant living a life defined by illness, Kacie is sharing her story of how hope and healing have been unfolding in her life through treatments often overlooked (or unheard of). Click to listen!Healing chronic illness naturally with Kacie Fleming @kacie_kvFrom diagnoses to hope: Kacie's story of finding healing through methods most doctors might ignore may bring renewed hope to your own story. Click to listen in!

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Often we view healing as a destination, something we wait to arrive at. But healing is more of a process, and one that I've been working hard on as I've been following the DNRS program. Click to read my 5-month update!

Healing is a Process: My 5-month DNRS Update

“So, are you, basically…all better?”

I sat quietly on the sofa, trying to figure out how to respond to the person who asked me. Have I been improving? Yes. Am I fully healed? No.

But I struggled, more so because, whether or not it’s intended, the question invites closure. Something we, as humans, really, really like. Don’t we?

To finally get that degree under our belt. Or discover a positive on the 11th pregnancy test. We want there to be an “end” to the waiting, a destination to arrive at. Because then, things will be better.

Yet…healing, in the context I’ve been learning to embrace it, has taught me there’s so much more depth in a journey rather than a destination.

Because for me, waiting to arrive at “fully well again” was a hope that faded fast. I found myself sitting in a place of acceptance, wanting to just be okay with a reality that sick was a new norm.

It gave me an odd sort of comfort. That I didn’t have to “fight”, and I could just “be”.

But then a few months ago a new treatment crossed my path that gave birth to a new experience in the realm of healing. It gave me a reason for letting go of the concept of “fighting” and empowered me to redefine what it looked like to actively heal.

And it gave me hope.

It’s been awhile since I’ve given any sort of update since starting the Dynamic Neural Retraining System, so I thought I’d do that today. Because while I’m still healing, I believe in celebrating the wins. Big or small. Of which I’ve experienced both!

My 5-month Update

In my last update, I listed off some of the improvements I’d seen in energy, pain and inflammation levels, fatigue, and dizziness. All of those improvements have remained or improved, but my walking distance has increased substantially!

As my legs have continued to grow stronger, I’ve enjoyed long (and often faster-paced) walks with my hubs. Which has been such a great thing! I walk to coffee shops or the farmer’s market without thinking twice. And several months ago that wouldn’t have been possible.

Summer has been another test for us to observe how well I’ve actually improved. And while I’m still improving in some areas, my overall experience in the summer heat is definitely better!

The temps here in southern Oregon have been hot at the peaks of each day, with a bit cooler evenings and mornings. But my body has been handling it so much better than it did the last few years.

Where before I would have felt like I’d pass out at any moment these last few summers, this year I am tolerating it much better. Instead of staying indoors, I can be out in the heat most days, soak up the sun’s rays, and even walk in moderate temperatures without fearing I’ll faint.

But I think my biggest accomplishment is that after 3 years of not driving I was able to get behind the wheel again! And starting back up with a manual again, at that, I’ll have you know. (The hubs said I picked it up quickly so I’m gonna throw in a not-so-humble-brag right here.) 😉

With driving comes another beautiful thing: more independence. And anyone who’s lived housebound for any stretch of time understands what a glorious gift that is!

Some of my other notable improvements include being able to travel several hour distances and sit in restaurants without earplugs (heck, just be around people without earplugs). It’s been so helpful to feel more comfortable in my skin with so many less symptoms grabbing my attention.

I feel happier, lighter, and more filled with hope than I had been in long, long time. Which is notable to me because I swear hope had become a foreign feeling to me. It felt like I couldn’t grab onto it fully no matter how hard I tried. (So I just might need to write a post about that and the connection I see with having an impaired limbic system…)

As grateful as I am for this healing, none of it came to me easily.

It didn’t just “happen” one day or sneak up on me. And I don’t believe it’s a miracle.


Because I’ve been been working hard, healing my lil’ ass off.

From taking care of my body with food, self-care, rest, and supplements over the last few years to the commitment I’ve made to retraining the neural pathways in my brain every day, I’ve worked for this. And the efforts are paying off.

Healing is like that for any of us, isn’t it? It takes time, effort, commitment. Belief it can happen and the support to help us pursue it.

True healing isn’t just something that appears all of a sudden. It’s not a one-and-done pursuit. For me, I believe my physical healing will reach a point where it’s no longer my main focus.

But I’ll forever be learning to pursue healing of body, mind and soul.

So whether you’re reading this because you were curious about DNRS or you wanted to fuel your own fire of hope that improvement is possible, or maybe you don’t even know why you clicked on this post in the first place…

Whatever the reason you’re here, I just want to leave you with this:  

I’m proud of you. I acknowledge your efforts and how hard you’re working on healing. And I believe things can get better. <3

Wanna know more about the DNRS program? You can check it out here. (<<<—aff link)

Over the past few months I've seen layers of healing begin to unfold as I've been following the DNRS program. I'm diving into just what the progress has looked like for me and why I'm releasing the idea of "fighting" my illness and choosing to lean in to the journey that is healing.

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misdiagnosed and a ray of hope.

yesterday we met with a specialist in San Diego who confirmed we were right in that I had been misdiagnosed…that for the last four years I did not have relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, but, in fact, have had Lyme disease all along. at the stage I’m in, it’s referred to as chronic Lyme disease and is complex to treat. it’s incurable when it reaches this stage, but with the help of treatment I should have hope of a better lifestyle in the future.

it will be a long road, as she told us to expect two years of treatment and can’t promise exactly where I’ll be by then, as every patient is different. she explained that I not only have Lyme disease, but also have at least one, if not more, of the co-infections that are commonly associated with Lyme. the combination of diseases is no surprise with the wide range of symptoms I experience (I just added symptom #64 to the list this past week – I wish the bugs understood that this is not a competition). we also know that most, if not all, of the treatment I need will not be covered by insurance and we can’t afford it on our own…treatment will be somewhere between $20,000 – $25,000, with the bulk of it needed in the first year. some dear friends are helping us put together an online fundraiser that should launch within the next week. your prayers are so much appreciated, as well as helping us spread the word about the fundraiser once it’s launched.

in my treatment, I am to expect having days, even weeks, that will be even worse than what I’ve experienced thus far. thanks to some friends and acquaintances that have Lyme, we were expecting this news, but it’s still really hard to prepare for. I think of my worse days thus far and I want to burst into tears thinking about the journey ahead…those will be very difficult days. but, with Lyme, the general consensus on how treatment goes for patients is you get worse before you get better.

 I feel my heart swaying between emotions as I’ve been processing this over the last few weeks. I’m holding onto hope, yet feeling the often indescribable weight of this journey. this is the tension I’ve always felt in really difficult times…and this one is no exception. sure, we are thrilled to have the right diagnosis, as well as the proper treatment and a hope for a better lifestyle. but, having walked through the thick of the past 14 months and only our eyes and hearts knowing what it’s truly felt like to walk through our journey, the weight has not yet been fully lifted. even more patience will be asked of us in the days ahead. as we prayed yesterday on the drive home, we are asking God to continue teaching and molding us in this process, and for strength – for our tattered hearts can often feel weak and worn.

since I know the next two years will be very hard, I find myself in an inner struggle over how to respond to those whose reactions to our news focus only on the good prognosis. I guess I want to say two things. first, thank you for your love and support. we do value your happiness with us over our news of hope. but I also want to ask: please don’t just check out of our story in response to the good prognosis….but rather, would you be willing to also feel the weight with us of what this journey has already been and what this means for the years ahead. this journey is not over, especially considering that the hardest days are still ahead of us and, as I mentioned before, my treatment is only beginning and will last about two years.

we have such a hard time in our culture with sitting with people “in the weeds” and endeavoring to feel the weight of their circumstance or season. a teacher once shared in church how in Jewish culture, sitting Shiva – a seven day period that takes place after the loss of a loved one – requires the visiting friend or family member to remain silent, unless the griever starts the conversation. totally sounds uncomfortable to us, right? we constantly seem to feel the need to fill the silence in hard situations with something, anything, but how is the one who’s suffering left feeling? something for us to consider.

thanks for taking the time to read this, and, in a way, “sitting in the weeds” with us for a few moments. none of us were meant to walk alone and Trev and I are thankful for those who have chosen to walk with us. <3

{{ for those interested in learning more about Lyme disease
(including how to protect yourself) here are a few links: }}

about Lyme disease

top ten tips to prevent Lyme disease

co-infections + Lyme disease

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