Coldwater mom doing yoga to find peace, heal during battle with Lyme disease

COLDWATER, Mich. — Danielle Dolce goes to Coldwater Yoga a few times a week, she said. She’s been doing yoga there for over a year and enjoys it. She gets emotional even talking about how much she loves it and needs it.

Dolce has been suffering from Lyme disease for over a decade, she said during a recent interview with FOX 17. She’s been turned away from dozens of doctors.

However, yoga has given her her life back she said.

“I just want to live,” Dolce said with tears in her eyes. “Now because I have found my way to live, I am living.”

Dolce described Lyme disease in an essay as “a blanket over my  body suffocating me.” She said she’s been feeling this way since 2008 when she was living in New York with her family in a cottage on five acres of land. Then one day in August of that year, she noticed something on her leg.

“I had a plum, quarter-sized mark on the back of my leg,” Dolce said. “I thought I was bit by a spider and I went to the doctors. It grew to the size of a softball.”

The doctor told her she had stage 2 Lyme disease, she remembered. He gave her a pamphlet and said the disease lasted 21 days.

“I went to the pharmacy with my son and read the pamphlet and cried,” she said.

Dolce was shocked. However she went on antibiotics for three weeks and the mark on her leg went away, she said. Dolce thought she was fine until a year later when she moved back home to Coldwater.

“We found out that we were pregnant and we were excited about the adjustment of having the baby come,” Dolce said. “We thought we were 12 weeks pregnant and we lost the baby.”

Dolce grieved. She later learned that her Lyme disease was dormant for a while but getting pregnant made it active again.

“So from 2009 to 2012, everything in my body went array,” Dolce said. “My brain fog came back, my joint pain came back. I ended up having to where I have no immune system now.”

Since 2009, Dolce’s been battling severe anxiety and depression as well, she said. She immediately started taking medications for the disease and finding a doctor was difficult. She said she drove throughout the Midwest looking for a doctor but none knew how to treat the disease until she finally met with an LLMD, a Lyme Literate Medical Doctor.

“I saw one for two years, paid out of pocket and was up to 39 pills a day for two years,” Dolce said. “Every 90 days I had up to 19 vials of blood taken and all they did was just say ‘try this, no try this, no try this.’ And I was no better.”

During that time, Dolce gained 260 pounds.  She said some days it was “unbearable” getting out of bed. She explained her pain to her doctor who suggested changing her medication.

Dolce declined.

“I said I can’t do this no more,” Dolce recalled saying to her husband. “I just want to live and be happy with you. So that’s what we’re doing.”

Three years ago, Dolce stopped undergoing formal treatment. She started enjoying time with her family, taking trips outdoors and even throwing herself a Great Gatsby dinner for her 39th birthday last year, she said.

Meanwhile, she consistently did yoga, which helped her to lose 100 pounds. She loves her life again and grateful she never gave up.

“There’s no reason to give up,” Dolce said tears filling her eyes again. “I’m almost 11 years in, which is just insane to know that I've been fighting it for 11 years. But I didn’t give up.”

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  • followjesus1963

    “What is the Christian view of yoga?”

    Answer: For many Christians in the West who don’t understand the history behind it, yoga is simply a means of physical exercise and strengthening and improving flexibility of the muscles. However, the philosophy behind yoga is much more than physically improving oneself. It is an ancient practice derived from India, believed to be the path to spiritual growth and enlightenment.

    The word yoga means “union,” and the goal is to unite one’s transitory (temporary) self with the infinite Brahman, the Hindu concept of “God.” This god is not a literal being, but is an impersonal spiritual substance that is one with nature and the cosmos. This view is called “pantheism,” the belief that everything is God and that reality consists only of the universe and nature. Because everything is God, the yoga philosophy makes no distinction between man and God.

    Hatha yoga is the aspect of yoga that focuses on the physical body through special postures, breathing exercises, and concentration or meditation. It is a means to prepare the body for the spiritual exercises, with fewer obstacles, in order to achieve enlightenment. The practice of yoga is based on the belief that man and God are one. It is little more than self-worship disguised as high-level spirituality.

    The question becomes, is it possible for a Christian to isolate the physical aspects of yoga as simply a method of exercise, without incorporating the spirituality or philosophy behind it? Yoga originated with a blatantly anti-Christian philosophy, and that philosophy has not changed. It teaches one to focus on oneself instead of on the one true God. It encourages its participants to seek the answers to life’s difficult questions within their own consciousness instead of in the Word of God. It also leaves one open to deception from God’s enemy, who searches for victims whom he can turn away from God (1 Peter 5:8).

    Whatever we do should be done for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31), and we would be wise to heed the words of the apostle Paul: “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8, NLT). A Christian should exercise caution and pray for discernment regarding involvement in yoga.

    • Who cares

      Hey FollowJesus, check out these verses too!!!

      1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

      Matthew 7:1-2 – “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“

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