Posts tagged chronic illness
Notes from the Road: Lyme Treatment

Hello everyone! My name is Aly Shwedo and I was recently welcomed to the More Than Lyme team by my close friend, Chloe! Every few months, I travel cross country to the Seattle area for Lyme treatment. Here are a few pieces of writings that I've compiled from my most recent trip that I was able to scribble down in between the chaos of appointments, IVs, one surgery, detox treatments, and more that encompass the roller coaster that is two weeks of nonstop Lyme treatment. 

January 16, 2016. 11:04 am. Somewhere above the United States. 

Waking up at 3:30am, leaving the house by 4, picking up a wheelchair from airport check-in, waiting in TSA security checkpoint lines, and sitting in a plane for six hours doesn't feel like my ideal way to spend a Saturday morning. I've had a lot of anxiety building up to this round of treatment. I'm also terrified of heights, but for some reason, today (after a debate with my boyfriend) I had to have the window seat. As soon as the plane was above the clouds, I was in awe. How could I be scared when I got to watch the sunrise from 10,000 feet above the earth? How could I be scared when I saw streetlights and cars in the darkness below, like Christmas lights that someone forgot to take down? How could I be scared when I saw the clouds kissing the air below me? And how could I be scared of the future of my treatment when I'm surrounded by such beauty on the way to the clinic?

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Farm Life & What It Taught Me

July 11th through July 23rd, 2015. Step back. Breathe. Step back even further, and breathe even deeper. Here I am, out on a farm in the middle of no where. Surrounded by the gentle hum of silence, the distance chirping of birds, and the whistling of wind through the old barn doors. A place that forces me to rest, something that I so desperately need to do.

Far too often I find myself complicating things. I think that if I'm not moving, then I'm not being productive. This is all wrong, every single word of it. Don't think for a second that taking time for yourself is a waste of time, and don't you dare look down on yourself for doing it. So, that all being said, you should try to make 'doing nothing' a priority...

This is my attempt at just that.

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