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THE LYME CLIMB by Kim Sampson – July 2009
I heard this song , (“The Climb” by Miley Cyrus) and although I have heard it about a million times…(I have teen girls) I hadn’t given it too much thought, until today.  I honestly don’t really care too much for Miley Cyrus, I guess I am too old to appreciate the teen Disney sensation.  If you know me at all, you will know I am stickler for proper use of words, so, I do not like the word “ain’t”…and she uses that word several times in this song. However, today, I looked beyond that poor use of grammar and I REALLY listened to the other words and I realized this song is my theme song for this moment in my life.

If I have learned anything about Lyme Disease, it is that it will keep you guessing…it will hit you from one side when you think it is coming from the other. It is literally a roller coaster ride…each day, you never know what you are going to get.  For me, it has been such a long drawn out process, I sometimes get depressed and wonder if the steps I am now taking are going to get me anywhere. The choices, such as a PICC line and long-term antibiotics, mega doses of vitamins & supplements…are these decisions going to help me, or hurt me?

One thing I do know about myself, I can get down and I can get depressed, I have even lost my faith for brief moments…but then something switches inside me and I fight…and fight hard. It is not just about fighting the disease, but all the nay-sayers who say this disease does not exist or for people to look at you and think…”gee, you look good, so you can’t be all THAT sick!” People are naive. Some are intentionally, others, MOST, really don’t know any better.

This song makes me realize that yes, I want to get my life back…to get back in the producer chair and to help others fight this very political and divisive disease. But, I need to get better first. It’s NOT about what is on the other side…not yet…for I already know what is there.  God in all His glory!  But…for right now, it is about the climb…and only the climb. Will I stumble and fall with herxing, side effects and a body which continues to deteriorate?  Yes, I will…that is part of this climb. Do I have to learn to navigate through the tough times, like a climber ascending on shaky terrain?  Yes, I do.  So, I have nothing to lose and everything to gain at this point.  I need to keep fighting the whole way. My goal is the summit.  There is no turning back.  I’ll die trying,  if that is God’s will, until I sink that flag on the top of the mountain for all to know what I have conquered.  As I always say about Lyme…the only way out is through. So, press on, mate!

For me, the fall has been long and it has been hard…but the climb is all I have. There are no other choices. All I can do is brush myself off and take that step up. I need to live each moment of it and never forget, continually ascending…so that I may help others…and, most importantly, get my life back, so that I can help others. I believe I have been put in this place for a very specific reason…I don’t know how that will all play out just yet, but God does. He knows the next step in my climb. My trust is in Him. Will I ever get there? To the summit? Will I beat Lyme? I don’t know…but it is all in the climb. It is all I have.

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” -Matthew 17:20 NIV

If you are currently in a battle with Lyme…listen to this song, hopefully it will inspire you to keep climbing and moving mountains. You “ain’t” alone. =) Keep the faith!  //Kim

To hear this song, go to this link on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BWcCbQM5-4

THE CLIMB
I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside my head saying,
You’ll never reach it,
Every step I’m taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Got to keep trying
Got to keep my head held high

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I’m gonna to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing,
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down but
No I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going
And I,
I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on, cause

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I’m gonna to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb (yeah)

There’s always going to be another mountain
I’m always going to want to make it move
Always going to be an uphill battle,
Sometimes you going to have to lose,
Ain’t about how fast I get there,
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb (yeah yeah ea ea)

Keep on moving
Keep climbing
Keep the faith baby
It’s all about
It’s all about
The climb
Keep the faith
Keep your faith

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