Posts tagged LymeDontKillMyVibe
Finding the Good in Each Moment + Learning to Fight Lyme with Adventure + Perseverance

This Is, Nicole.

An adventure seeker, creator of joyful moments, kindness spreader, hopeful at heart, and willing to do everything in her power to live a life true to her heart. To listen to her gut and seek out the moments that fill her up. That encourage her, as well as the people she surrounds herself with, to live a life more than their fear, doubt, or illness that hides beneath their skin. 

No matter the obstacle, Nicole pushes herself to see the good in each moment, even if that piece of joy isn't discovered until years later, she finds it. She uses it as motivation to keep pushing, thriving, and encouraging her thoughts to see all that is right, rather than the things that need fixing.

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Giving Back with Dedication + Love: How Ethel Takes on the Obstacles of Living with a Chronic Illness

From curiosity about someone else's illness, to the discovery of her own, Ethel is determined to create a life for herself more than the limitations that this disease can bring; a life where raising awareness for Lyme Disease is in the forefront of her will to keep moving forward. To keep motivating herself and others to pursue dreams and goals that may seem impossible when facing such daunting obstacles. 

This Is Ethel's Story...

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How Lauren was Able to Get Back Control of Her Life Through Movement + Creativity

We would like you to meet, Lauren.

With words that carry the kind of strength and hope that can so easily be forgotten while fighting a chronic illness, Lauren has been able to share with us a voice - her voice - that pushes us to see pain, obstacles, and the feeling of losing control of who you are, as every reason to live a life beyond the limitations of this disease. To seek out the things that make you happy, and to dream big and make those big dreams come true.

To see the impossible as possible, to create, build, and cherish a life that does not hide or become discouraged when the very real feelings of fear and self doubt arise. In fact, I'd say that Lauren teaches us that leaning into these feelings, though uncomfortable, can bring us more clarity and confidence than ever before. 

Here is Lauren's story...

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No Matter the Odds: Kaitlin Child's Choice To Live a Life More Than Lyme

Meet Kaitlin.

A determined, resilient, hard working, brave, courageous, and honest woman, who has taken the obstacles that this disease as placed in front of her, and turned them into every reason to live her life to the fullest. 

At thirteen years old, Kaitlin's life was packed full of hospital visits, unanswered questions, and a diagnoses that changed everything; Late Stage Lyme Disease was about the only answer she was given to her seemingly never ending list of questions, and it was an answer that would continue to haunt her for the years that followed, limiting her to a life that was so far from the one she wanted. A life that was scattered with fear, doubt, and an overwhelming sense that this thing, this thing was never going to go away.

This is her story...

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We Have Lyme, Lyme Does Not Have Us

This picture makes me so happy.

Not just because I was on a boat with my family. Not just because the sun rays were splendid and that night gave our painted zona sky a run for its money. Not just because my dad was feeling well while we were there. There was a lot to be happy about. But what I see when I look at this picture is more of myself than I have seen in a long time. 

In early May, I was still bed ridden most days hiding in my sea of white blankets and pile of pillows with the shades drawn tight and a movie I had seen a thousand times mumbling in the background. That was my life, and I often wondered if it would ever get better or if this was it? It’s the unknowns that strike a fear that is hard to describe, it’s the misunderstanding of how you can be functioning, be fine and yet not fine in the same breath, hour, week, or often simultaneously...

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Megan's Two Year "Lyme-iversary"

Two Year "Lyme-iversary"

Written By: Megan (Salo) Breimeier

Today is April 15, 2016 and it is my 2 year “Lyme-iversary.” When I think of the word anniversary, I automatically think of a celebration, a great milestone, an exciting day, but today is just a typical day of the life I’ve been living for the past 2 years. I was diagnosed with Lyme disease on April 15, 2014, after almost 1 year of being passed around from doctor to doctor and enduring countless tests. Despite significant brain fog, I remember the moment clearly. I was driving home from work on a sunny day with the sun roof open. I had reduced to working part time due to a rapid decline in my health. I probably wasn’t safe to drive at the time, nor should I have been checking my phone. I remember seeing a message from my new doctor in Seattle. My heart started beating faster. This was it, the moment I was waiting for, my last resort, my last strand of hope. As I listened to the message, a smile came across my face when I heard that I tested positive for Lyme disease. I finally had an answer, I wasn’t crazy, and my persistence in finding out what was wrong with me had paid off. I could now tell people that I had a diagnosis, it will all make sense, and they will understand.

Little did I know what was in store for me. I quickly learned that this was going to be a very long battle and that Lyme disease comes with an endless list of symptoms, judgment, controversy, and a mountain of insecurities...

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