Posts tagged More Than Lyme Story
To Always Be Continued: Rewriting the Story—One Word, One Pose at a Time

I am here, again, with an enervating ache in my chest. Sipping air, careful not to choke on the Asian Pacific humidity, as fears of another health issue leave me scanning for the mercy of kind, accepting eyes. Instead, I find judgment in my own pupils. They burn holes through the mirror as I ask—audibly, yet rhetorically—“I thought we were past all this?” Over the part where I doubted my body’s intelligence and its inherent need for rest. Over the part where I let my fears run the show and juggle worst-case scenarios in my head like circus balls.

It was week two of my yoga teacher training in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and I was unraveling. I had come here with high expectations (and equally high anxiety): Return to the place where Lyme ripped my life apart several years earlier—and prove to myself how far I’d come.

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Who I Am Now: With a New Understanding of Acceptance, Dedication, and Strength, Amber Discovers What It Means to Let Go in the Face of Chronic Lyme Disease

My name is Amber Overholt and I've been battling Chronic Lyme Disease for the better part of my life. I was diagnosed in April 2014 and have been in treatment ever since. Like most suffering from this chronic illness, I've tried antibiotics, truckloads of supplements and countless holistic therapies. My symptoms have ranged from mild to debilitating, including fatigue, seizures, thyroid dysfunction, Bell's palsy, migraines, memory loss, vertigo, hormone balances, cognitive decline, tremors, joint pain, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues and everything in between. But (believe it or not), I'm not here to talk about that. About the medications and treatments and the revolving door of doctors, but instead, I want to share with you some of the challenges I've endured and the lessons I've learned throughout my journey.

This is what I've learned about letting go...

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This Is What Lyme Looks Like: On Being Your Own Best Advocate, Why Compassion Is Essential to Healing, and How Thriving Is Possible When Facing a Chronic Illness

You may look at me and assume I am healthy. And to be honest, so did most friends, family members and doctors. But, the truth is, this is what Lyme Disease looks like.

On the inside there is pain, nausea, fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, heart palpitations, numbness, muscle cramping, headaches, and disease. On the outside there is the strength of a woman trying to fight through each day without anyone seeing the struggle.

Lyme disease is something that, in my opinion, the medical field does not discuss enough. It is something that far too many people are fighting without a diagnosis. We are misdiagnosed time and time again and why? 

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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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