Episode 421: Lyme Lifter – an interview with Rayanne Collins


In this episode of the Tick Boot Camp Podcast, we dive into the inspiring journey of Rayanne Marie Collins, a professional bodybuilder who has faced the challenges of Lyme disease head-on. From her early struggles with undiagnosed symptoms to her eventual diagnosis and ongoing treatment, Rayanne’s story is one of resilience, determination, and the power of knowledge. Join us as we explore how Rayanne’s passion for bodybuilding has played a crucial role in her battle against Lyme disease.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Introduction to Rayanne Collins:
    • Age: 32
    • Location: Mooresville, NC
  • Early Life and Pre-Lyme Struggles:
    • Born and raised in Flint, Michigan.
    • Undiagnosed symptoms from birth due to congenital Lyme disease.
    • Childhood health issues: seizures, chronic infections, severe allergies, fainting, and early onset endometriosis.
  • Adolescence and Early Adulthood:
    • Struggles with depression, addiction, and severe menstrual pain.
    • Initial flare-up at age 18, marked by gut pain and fainting spells.
  • Bodybuilding Journey:
    • Move to North Carolina at age 26.
    • Finding passion and happiness in bodybuilding, leading to success in the NPC and IFBB.
    • Severe health relapse during preparation for competitions, leading to multiple hospitalizations and a misdiagnosis of Crohn’s disease.
  • Lyme Disease Diagnosis:
    • The turning point: Suspecting Lyme disease due to family history.
    • Diagnosis at age 32 by Dr. Daniel Cameron.
    • Additional diagnoses of Bartonella and Babesia.
  • Treatment and Ongoing Battle:
    • Initial treatments with Cat’s Claw and other supplements.
    • Current treatment with Doxycycline and Malarone.
    • Use of IV glutathione, infrared sauna, and NAD infusions.
  • Advice for Others:
    • Importance of education and self-advocacy.
    • The power of community and shared stories.
  • Quotes:
  • "Knowledge is power. Understanding Lyme disease and hearing others’ stories can fill the void of feeling alone."
  • "Despite the setbacks, I am determined to keep pushing forward and achieve my dreams."

Conclusion: Rayanne Collins’ story is a testament to the strength and resilience required to battle Lyme disease while pursuing one’s passions. Her journey highlights the importance of awareness, early diagnosis, and the support of a community. Tune in to hear more about Rayanne’s inspiring fight and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

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