About Me

Hi! I’m Andrea (Wagler) Bontrager. I’m 27 years old and have been diagnosed with Chronic Neurological Lyme & multiple co-infections. Exactly when I became infected is unknown, but it seems to have been about 5 years before my diagnosis in 2010.

Three years after the Lyme diagnosis, I began dealing with a new set of symptoms and it was discovered I had developed dystonia. I received this diagnosis in August of 2013.

Thank you for visiting this blog. The support and prayers of my friends and family have played a tremendous part in my recovery! I’d love to hear from you! You can comment here on the blog or email me at andreawagler@gmail.com.

Although the road is rough at times, I take great comfort in this fact; I wasn’t chosen at random to be infected by Lyme. God sent the spirochetes into my life for a purpose. This is my calling.

just a bit about me…

I may have Lyme but I don’t want Lyme to define me.

I love the color B L U E, candles on a rainy day and handpicked bouquets. I enjoy exploring old cities, making my house a home and spending time with my husband.

On June 6, 2014 I married an amazing young man who sees beyond my disease to the real me. Joe gallantly pushes my wheelchair, patiently sits by my sickbed and treats me like a queen.

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our 1st anniversary!

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I have a wonderfully supportive family. We have a lot of fun together and our favorite times are just sitting around the table after supper talking about life. My parents are very family oriented and have taught us, by example, how to reach out to those around us, to put relationships before personal gain & how to be humble. They’ve also taught me that while life can be tough, it’s up to me if I’m going to let it affect my happiness and peace with God.

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My in-laws are amazing! They have accepted me for who I am. They don’t consider me second rate person simply because I am not the most healthy person, but are very supportive. We don’t get to see them very often as they live in a tiny village in Guatemala, ministering to the Kekchi Indians.

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21 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey Precious girl! A friend..of mine linked me to your site. Reading your story is bringing tears to my eyes as so much of it is so similiar to mine. I’m a 24 year old girl with a lot of the same symptoms as you. I haven’t written about it much on my blog…but you can go to it here: hisgirlforever.com I’m planning on writing about it more soon. Praying for you, girl! God bless you with FULL HEALTH, HEALING, STRENGH and may Isaiah 40:31 be true in your life!! Blessings! ~Monica

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    1. Thank-you Monica! There’s something about being young and sick that creates a bond no matter what the illness is! I will def check out your blog and I’m praying God blesses your week with something extra special. -andrea

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  2. I was reading your recent blog today and wanting you to know we love and are praying for you . Glad your surgery went well. in your picture your are smiling and Uncle Richard said that would be just like you. I pray you will have a better day today Andrea. love and prayers Aunt Rita and Uncle Richard

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  3. HI Andrea, How are you doing now since your Lyme treatment with Dr R? Im thinking about setting up an appt with him.

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    1. Well… I think I’m doing a lot better! The progress is slow but then my case was rather complex. My dad and sister treated with Lyme Resource Medical and were off antibiotics and on a total natural program in about 1 to 1.5 years! I totally recommend Dr. Raxlen & his staff! They are amazing! I wish you the best in your pursuit of health!

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  4. How long did your sister and Dad have it until they were treated?
    and what type of natural program are they on? I wish you the best of luck.

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  5. When they began to feel sick, I had already been in treatment for awhile so we knew what to watch for. My sister started treating about 6 months after her initial symptoms and my dad about 3 or 4 months. My dad did not have neurological symptoms but my sister did have a few. It took more time for her to pull out of it. My sister is on Artemisinin extract, Russian’s Choice & probiotics. She also takes an adrenal supplement and Bio-Immuno Zyme. My Dad takes Russian’s Choice, Nature’s Pearl, and Relive. They both have to be careful to get their rest and not over-do!

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  6. She had the bartonella co-infection. As far as neuro symptoms…it actually seems like she had more trouble with muscle spasms. She would jerk. Like her back & shoulder would just jerk randomly. It was noticeable enough that people would stop and stare at her. Twice her entire body jerked for about 2 hours straight. She couldn’t tolerate noise and she dealt with fatigue. Those were her main symptoms.

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  7. Hey Andrea: How are things going for you . Been thinking about you and praying for you .love ya Aunt Rita

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  8. Hi Andera i am happy that u are still happy with what u are going through.thank God u are a child of God that makes it much easier for u .i didnt know your dad and sister had the sickness too .thank God they are ok,i pray that God will continue to bless and heal u .i use to got u on my bed sleeping when u were a tiney little girl .now u are so grown and beautiful .ilove the pictures .i wish i could be there.lol.take care and may God continue his blessing on u and your family .i love u all.

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    1. Ms Verna Mae!
      It’s so good to hear from you! I have lots of good memories of you from Belize! And memories of playing with your pickney at your house & my house when we were little! =)
      God bless you! You will always be a special person to our family!
      -andrea

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      1. Yes, praise The Lord!! How awesome!! did you take the natural or antibiotics route? how long did it take to get you to this point? sorry for all the questions! 🙂

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  9. I created a video to help kids with LYME prevention. Please take a look at it. If you like it, please add the link to your site. My goal is to send it viral so the news media will finally open up and begin asking questions about Lyme.
    Thanks
    The Youtube link is:

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  10. Hi Andrea, You probably don’t know who i am but we have some relatives in common 🙂 I stumbled across your blog on a pintrest page. I Knew right away it had to be one of Donna’s girls! I have also met your wonderful husband when we were in North Carolina. I appreciate the way you have taken the suffering that God has called you to and allowed it to be “for good”. It is a wonderful testimony to the Grace of God. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Shontele. God used you to encourage me in a rather low time emotionally. Thank you for taking the time to do so!
      I do know who you are. As a little girl, I remember playing with your younger sister and being in awe of you because you were so beautiful, graceful and ladylike. I wanted to be like you when I grew up. =)
      I know also that you have faced some trying times health wise in your family and I hope things are going well for you.
      Yes I have a wonderful husband. I really am blessed!

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  11. Hi. I’ve been following your blog&finally subscribed. Today i just cried when i read that it makes you sad to see Joe doing things most other young husbands don’t have to. I’ve always been physically healthy but last year we went thru a terrible time of post partum depression. And that was just how i felt. When life was darkest i felt God’s great love thru my husband’s unfailing loyalty and uncomplaining care. I also know, due to my brother, Josh, being quadriplegic, that it takes great character and faith in God to patiently cheerfully be sick and require lots of care. I admire my younger brother tremendously. God bless you, Joe & your family. love, anne
    P.S. it’s interesting what a small world this is. We’d heard about you various times thru Aunt Jan and Harlans. Joe even visited us a few years back (with Travis) and we found him highly entertaining 🙂

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