‘Why Sarcoidosis Lyme Australia?’

My chosen charity Sarcoidosis Lyme Australia, is very personal and close to my heart http://www.sarcoidosisaustralia.com/

Coleen Coates

Coleen Coates

There is not enough known about either diseases, here in Australia – and that’s the problem. Today I interview a very important person, my mum, Coleen.  Mum is currently winning the fight against Lyme Disease, although some days it’s a battle for her to get out of bed.

Here’s her story.

Tell us about your journey from falling ill, to being diagnosed with Lyme disease.

It was around April 2010 that I knew I had to see a doctor. I was feeling sicker and sicker. Doctor after doctor and test after test revealed nothing. They had no idea what was wrong with me. A Naturopath suggested Chronic Fatigue and put me on medication.

I knew it wasn’t that.

Finally, in my attempt to figure it all out, I came across an article on Lyme disease. I knew I had it. I had all the symptoms.

It was difficult to find anyone who knew about Lyme disease, especially testing, and I had to travel to Coffs Harbour. Australian Biologics came back with my answer.

I tested positive for Lyme.

I finally knew what was wrong. It was, in some way, a relief.

It took a long time to get to that point, though – far longer than it should have. Continue reading


Fair Go, Mate!

freeimage-1564763Last week I said to Hubby: ‘My darling sweet man, I desperately need some new baking trays. Wouldn’t you agree?’ Because that is exactly how I speak, in real life.

‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘Please get some. You could almost classify your old ones as a food group.’

‘Ha! Very funny.’ He was right, though. Years of baking will do that to a beloved tin. There’s always a little bit that won’t scrub off.

Delighted to get out of the house, off I went with a skip and a hop (with baby Charlotte in tow) ready to buy some new trays. Now in my head I was thinking, ‘mortgages, electricity, phone bills, petrol, rates, water bill, Foxtel, internet connection, baby formula, nappies’ and the list goes on.

These things are a priority over baking trays and so when I made my choice, I chose the $6.99 ones, on special—the ones made in China. Continue reading

Throw Me A Bone!


A couple of years ago, when I was buying fragrances at Myer, as Christmas gifts, the lady at the counter looked at me and said, ‘you know, love, you can get these two fragrances, plus a large tote bag for 50 cents cheaper!’ She was delighted with herself.

‘Thank you,’ I responded coolly, ‘but I don’t need a tote bag.’

‘But, it’s cheaper!’

‘I don’t need one.’

‘It costs less.’ As if saying it differently, would somehow help me to understand. So I rephrased, too.

‘I’d rather pay 50 cents, than to see that extra-large monstrosity go straight into my local land-fill. But thanks.’ She left me alone after that.

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