Posts tagged Inspiration
Chronic Illness Reimagined as Something Glamorous: Through Color, Love + the Stories that Go Unheard, Rora Blue is Creating a Whole New Platform to Share Your Voice From

Why you should get to know Rora Blue 

When we think of sharing, our mind often jumps to the thing that we're most familiar with, whether that be words, video, public speaking - or something terrifying that we'd rather not do. So when we are witness to someone sharing in a way you've never seen before, it can take a moment to catch your breath. To realize the power that we have to create an entire platform that gives a voice to those stories that we'd rather not share.

And to step back and see that we too could take a piece of ourselves and share from that place too.

The uncomfortable, painful, raw, vulnerable, and all too real thoughts. So many times I've written something out then erased it, even if it was only for my eyes. So many times I've gone to say something to someone and backed out at the last minute - as if my heart and mind are both trying to win me over. 

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Love + Our Innate Ability To Heal: How Gabbie Li Uses Nature To Move Through Hours, Days, and Months Of Fighting Lyme Disease

I find myself in the isothermal region of North Carolina in a collapsed squat on a mossy rock, sure not to touch the trees, plants, and brush that I rarely find the courage to return to. The chickweed, poison ivy, and mountain flora around me lay heavy from the moisture that continues to blanket the region from the early morning passing of the clouds. I can barely hear myself talking to the plants, chanting a line from a book that had struck me as exactly this place. It’s a place where I feel like I haven’t quite died, yet it is quiet, primal, and dense with moisture and mystery. Frozen in my squat, legs increasingly numb, I talk to and draw the plants because if I don’t, I’m positive I’ll crumble and be lost forever. I came to these mountains to get out of my own head of soul crushing thoughts and it turns out that can sometimes be impossible when it comes to the stronghold that inflammation can have over my brain. I only arrived to this mossy rock by means of a complete breakdown in the middle of no where, screaming for help that took me out of a cabin and led me down a steep path off the side of a switchback road. 

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Endurance: A Lyme Disease Story Founded On Persistence, Determination + the Reminder That You Are Not Alone

I've had chronic neurological Lyme since 2006, and am incredibly lucky to have been mostly in remission for the past three years. When I was first lost in the fog of Lyme, fighting to survive day-to-day, bewildered by the controversy surrounding this illness, I held on to the stories of others as a lifeline. When I finally felt well enough, I made a video about my own experience with Lyme in the hope that I could be that lifeline for someone else. 

Reflecting on what living with Lyme has meant to me, “endurance” is a word that I return to again and again. So many of us have learned to endure far beyond what we thought possible, persisting and surviving and finding strength in small victories.

This video is for anyone struggling to endure another day, a simple reminder that you are not alone.

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Fueled By Nature: Annie's Take On Thriving, Creating, and Living a Life More Than Chronic Lyme Disease

A young woman that brings movement and life to the pain filed moments, transitions, and sudden shifts that inevitably happen when living with Chronic Late Stage Lyme Disease. A young woman who takes charge and creates from a place of curiosity and an unbreakable love for nature and those that help to make her life full, vibrant, and so much more than. 

She pauses, listens, really, really listens, and takes note of the world around her. Both the good and the bad, the successes and the pitfalls, using them as reasons to keep moving forward with her treatment, and working hard at not just giving but receiving love from herself as she faces each "ah ha" validation and seemingly insurmountable obstacle.

Annie is meeting herself where she is, while not hesitating to make great strides into the world that has now opened up to her. 

- art, nature, connection, love, letting go, and so much more - 

This her her story.

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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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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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