On Finding Your Voice, Hope in the Broken + Passion for what You Love: Charlotte Gomes Journey with Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease

We live in a world that pushes us to think we need to be 100% all the time, that we cannot show our weaknesses, our scars. We cannot tell people that something’s wrong or something has changed. It’s so frustrating to see the lack of authenticity because deep down all we crave for is connection, being able to find someone who is going through the same things as us and realize we’re not alone. With social media we have the incredible power to shed light on the things that matter to us, we can choose to be our own voice and make a difference. So why not start now?

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Down with the Silver Lining + Jonathan's Message to Lyme Disease: You've Overstayed Your Welcome, So Please Don't Make Yourself At Home

Call me callous, but I’m a bit too cynical for the ‘silver lining’ Lyme disease and chronic illness stories. Whenever I encounter them I can’t help but daydream about the speed and alacrity with which I would trade in my personal ‘silver lining’ for a cloudless sky at some imaginary Chronic Illness Unemployment Office (“Yes, I gave it the old college try, but Lyme just wasn’t for me, you understand of course?”) If you have no idea what I’m talking about, just bear with me, it will become more relatable shortly... 

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Learning to Pull Strength from the Unexpected Parts of Life: Why Sarah Chooses to Fight Chronic Lyme Disease with Optimism + Adventure

“Where’s my happy girl? I never see you smile anymore.” 

My jaw clenched and I stared straight ahead as it became increasingly more difficult to breathe. This was the start of my fourth panic attack today, I noted with a journalistic objectivity. They’d been getting more and more frequent for months but even this was unprecedented. I counted the passes of the windshield wiper as I tried to divert my thoughts...

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Finding + Creating Your Own Best Self While Taking On The Setbacks Of Lyme Disease. A Story By Natalie Bettinelli

I was diagnosed with Lyme disease on July 6th, 2016, just three short weeks after my wedding in Napa, California. In what seemed like no time at all, I went from being surrounded by friends and family and feeling overwhelmingly loved by the outpouring of support, to shocked, scared, lonely, confused, and very, very sick. 

Looking back, I should have seen the signs and known something was up. We had a stressful year, but like anyone, I found excuses for my exhaustion and poor physical health. I blamed work, moving across the country, changing jobs, my long distance relationship, and training for my first marathon. I continued to tell myself to push through, that I would be fine.

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The Only Way Out is Through: Bottoming Out and The Dark Night of the Soul By Marie-Ève Bonneau

Marie-Ève brings light into every dark corner of the world around her, revealing a new level of beauty, one that is often found in the forgotten, painful, and we'd-rather-not-go-there corners of our mind. She has a gentle and kind way of guiding us through these moments, seeing them through, as if for the very first time, the eyes of promise and hope instead of fear and doubt. 

Suddenly, the clouds clear giving way to night and those curiosities and dreams of ours are at our fingertips, giving us permission to let go, if only for a moment, and step into the still cool air, stars beaming from one corner of the universe to the other. 

Without further hesitation, I invite you to dive into Marie-Ève's incredible story on making it through alright. 

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I Thought It Was Impossible, Yet Here I Am: Hannah Lyal Bingham's Thoughts On Lyme Disease + Living Life To It's Fullest

Hi folks, my name is Hannah and I am here to share MY story.

It all started about two and a half years ago. I became very sick very fast. I was passing blood clots, violently vomiting, my body ached so badly that I would lie in fetal position and not move for hours. I dropped 40 pounds in 3 weeks, and was so depressed to the point where I was suicidal. I truly thought that I was dying. I was sure of it, and the doctors weren't determined to figure out was wrong so they left me with "it might be colon cancer" and that was that. I moved to Alaska without knowing what was wrong with me. Alaska was the happiest I had been in a long time and at first I didn't feel all that shitty, but three months in I had to move back home because my symptoms had come back stronger than ever.

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