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Once Upon a Lyme: A Tale of Two Journeys [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia Hamilton
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Once Upon a Lyme... A Tale of Two Journeys tells the story of a mysterious illness that stumped a parade of doctors, and the new-found discipline of writing that became the unexpected by-product of years of misdiagnoses. After seeing over two dozen physicians, writing five novels and self-publishing one, Once Upon a Lyme was a personal story that the author felt had to be shared. The book chronicles Hamilton’s search for an answer to a far-flung roster of symptoms and the creative outlet she turned to in case she became bedridden.

It took nine years from the onset of the symptoms to learn the name of her nemesis. Because the diagnosis was so long in coming, by that time she had late-stage Lyme, which is next to impossible to cure. Her only hope at that point was going the "alternative" route, which required leaving normal and taking a huge leap of faith, resorting to methods that are part new-age, part medieval. She would soon learn getting the correct diagnosis was only half the battle.

Throughout her struggles, three things saved her from complete despair: an overabundance of willpower, an appreciation of the absurd, and writing. Her experiences during that time make for a candid, comic and sometimes harrowing look at what she endured at the hands of medical professionals. What she got for her trouble was a craft that has allowed her to channel her overactive imagination into writing books, which is now her sole occupation—besides fighting Lyme.

Though there are moments of despair, Once Upon a Lyme is ultimately about triumph of the spirit over disease, the courage to keep fighting, and the sense of humor necessary to prevail against adversity.


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Once Upon a Lyme... A Tale of Two Journeys tells the story of a mysterious illness that stumped a parade of doctors, and the newfound discipline of writing that became the unexpected by-product of years of misdiagnoses. After simultaneously running a mortgage company, seeing over two dozen physicians, writing five novels and self-publishing one, Once Upon a Lyme was a story I felt I had to tell. The book chronicles the search for an answer to my far-flung roster of symptoms and the creative outlet I chose in case I became bedridden.

Not having the luxury of a plausible diagnosis or the ability to suspend my life until one was found, I kept going, doing my best to ignore the growing list of debilitating maladies. Though I tried to avoid it, my deteriorating health would force me back into the medical arena--time after fruitless time--where I was diagnosed with everything from Ankylosing Spondylitis to Restless Leg Syndrome.

It took nine years from the onset of my symptoms to learn the name of my nemesis. Because the diagnosis was so long in coming, I now had late-stage Lyme, which is next to impossible to cure. My only hope at that point was going the "alternative" route, which required leaving normal and taking a huge leap of faith, resorting to methods that are part new-age, part medieval. I would soon learn getting the correct diagnosis was only half the battle.

Throughout my struggles, three things saved me from complete despair: an overabundance of willpower, an appreciation of the absurd, and writing. My experiences during that time make for a candid, comic and sometimes harrowing look at what I endured at the hands of medical professionals. What I got for my trouble was a craft that has allowed me to channel my overactive imagination into writing books, which is now my sole occupation--besides fighting Lyme. 

About the Author

Cynthia Hamilton has recently embarked on a mystery series and has become hooked on working in this genre. The author does extensive research for all her books and her latest are no exception. To gear up for "Spouse Trap", the first book in the series, she took a detective course and spent countless hours investigating Guam, "virtually" living there so she could navigate her protagonist through a quickie divorce, with a little mayhem on the side.

"Spouse Trap," set in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, is the prequel to the series. It tells the story of how Madeline Ridley becomes Madeline Dawkins, and the dual careers she forges after going to hell and back. It was released in February 2013 and has received very enthusiastic feedback.

Because of what she put her heroine through in the first installment, the author realized Madeline needed to have martial arts training in the subsequent books. To that end, she has taken up karate, a discipline she has fallen in love with - so much so, she incorporated her instructor into her latest book. 

The author's other works include A High Price to Pay, Lucky at Love, Alligators in the Trees, and Golden State. To learn more about the author and to sign up for updates to the series, please visit cynthiahamiltonbooks.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1625 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Woodstock Press (May 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00876COR6
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deeply moving August 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In this true account author Cynthia Hamilton reveals her story of a sudden illness that challenges her to the very core. It is an amazing account of a journey that is baffling in all the obstacles that she must navigate, first for a diagnosis and then to try to find a treatment. I was captivated by her will to overcome adversity and her ability to make lemonade from lemons. This book touched me deeply and brought me to tears more than once. What a beautiful spirit this remarkable woman possesses! An inspiration to us all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a journey... July 12, 2012
By Lilly
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What an amazing story. Another great book by Cynthia Hamilton. I thoroughly enjoyed this journey and was completely sucked in- and I don't have time to read. She completely let go in this book and I could actually feel what she must've been feeling while reading. What a trooper, always rising above. Bravo Cynthia Hamilton, this fan can't wait for the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read March 14, 2013
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The author Cynthia Hamilton does an outstanding job writing about her trials and mis-diagnosis by Doctor after Doctor with her journey with lyme disease. This book inspired me about the will of the spirit to keep on going day by day, night after night, even when the body is in such horrible discomfort and pain. Cynthia does a vivid job describing the pain she felt in her body and the emotions she had along with that pain. This is an excellent book to help you understand the difficulties encountered with lyme disease and how it makes a person feel physically and emotionally. This is a good read and an informative book that I would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The price of a human life March 5, 2014
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This is a sad but unusual tale of one woman's fight to get herself the simplest diagnosis of one of the most debilitating diseases of our time- a blow by blow inditement of our medical system, and its' failure to warn people in time. Her take on her way to deal with her illness may be unusual to many... But it works for her, and , I suspect, for a great deal more people than just herself. If you know any people with the Lyme disease complex, this book may shock you in its direct and simple path the afflicted take when fighting the unseen enemy becomes just too costly- it's a rare look into the psyche of a person fighting against all odds. May it help many out there to care, deeply, at the human cost to this Nation's citizens.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Journey! January 14, 2014
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I saw this book and was immediately interested as an acquaintance of mine was once telling me about all sorts of bizarre symptoms and she ended up having Lyme as well. So, I wanted to read more. I was glad I did! What a crazy journey. I also enjoyed learning a bit about the author's other books as well, which made me want to read them. The only thing I noticed, was that towards the last half of the book, the editing seemed a bit lacking. Not to the point of distraction, just slightly. Still, it was a good book and I really enjoyed reading about all of the crazy experiences with various medical "professionals".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay March 1, 2014
By Mort
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A little confusing, and not a lot of real information on the disease. A good story, but jumped around a lot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memoir of Lyme Disease and Life January 4, 2014
By Nyssa
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I picked up this book because I had hoped that it would give me insights into Lyme disease since two of my friends have been suffering from this infection for several years. I had hoped to both better understand the disease and possibly learn some new ideas to pass on to them for possible remedies or new information resources that might be of some help.

What I found was a book that, indeed, did outline many of the agonies and frustrations related to this disease plus a memoir of how the author got started in her writing career and the problems faced by those authors who choose to self-publish their work.

I was less interested in the authoring and publishing sections of the book than in the Lyme disease sections, but oddly enough, the two sections both highlighted the similar frustrations of trying to find answers to a problem, deciding whom to trust, and finding the money to pay for what is hoped are going to be the answers you need.

The number of different doctors that the author consulted is mind-boggling, each with his or her own take on what the medical problem was and how to treat it. It was enlightening as well to see how many of these were not covered by health insurance or were outside of the mainstream of what passes for medical science.

Did I find anything in the book to help my friends? Not really. I did pass along a few pieces of information, but it turned out many of the things the author tried had already been tried by my friends, with pretty much the same disappointing results, unfortunately.

The book was well written, but I found myself getting bogged down in the sections about her family and her writing.
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Cynthia Hamilton has recently embarked on a mystery series and has become hooked on working in this genre. The author does extensive research for all her books and her latest are no exception. To gear up for "Spouse Trap", the first book in the series, she took a detective course and spent countless hours investigating Guam, "virtually" living there so she could navigate her protagonist through a quickie divorce, with a little mayhem on the side.

"Spouse Trap," set in her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, is the prequel to the series. It tells the story of how Madeline Ridley becomes Madeline Dawkins, and the dual careers she forges after going to hell and back. It was released in February 2013 and has received very enthusiastic feedback.

Because of what she put her heroine through in the first installment, the author realized Madeline needed to have martial arts training in the subsequent books. To that end, she has taken up karate, a discipline she has fallen in love with - so much so, she incorporated her instructor into her latest book.

The author's other works include "A High Price to Pay," "Lucky at Love," "Alligators in the Trees," "Golden State," and her first non-fiction "Once Upon a Lyme..." which chronicles the onset of a mysterious illness and the unexpected dividend of becoming a writer. To learn more about the author and to sign up for updates to the series, please visit http://www.cynthiahamiltonbooks.com.

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