A TICK bite took two decades of health from Dianne Sommer, but ultimately sparked a new passion for life.
While working with the Department of Agriculture in Grafton 22 years ago, ticks were part and parcel of her job.
But as strange symptoms started to surface after she left the department, the Pillar Valley resident was tested for tick typhus and Q fever by a neurologist in Sydney.
Both came back positive, but despite treatment her health continued to deteriorate.
"Old injuries from a car accident suddenly became unbearable in pain, to the point of not being able to drive and an old hip injury became so bad I could not walk," she said.
"My symptoms were MS, Parkinson's, chronic fatigue, headaches, fogginess, even slurred speech."
She was officially diagnosed with Lyme disease after close to 20 years, but the diagnosis didn't give her any reprieve from the symptoms.
Acupuncture bought temporary relief, but Mrs Sommer credits her fairly recent recovery to a natural therapy called Reconnective Healing, a form of hands-off healing, which claims to trigger your body to heal itself with quantum-based frequencies.
She said she was sceptical of the practice when she first heard about it from a neighbour, but once she experienced it first- hand she never looked back.
"The symptoms I have suffered over the past 22 years have almost disappeared," she said.
"This is the longest period of time that I have enjoyed a relatively pain-free lifestyle."
Her journey to wellness sparked a passion to spread the word of the alternative therapy, of which she is now a qualified practitioner.