Posts tagged adventure
We Are More Than Our Stories: Tick Medicine, Thanking Your Suffering + Lyme Disease as the Greatest Teacher 

This my friends is Andy Vantrease 

"Lyme Disease taught me to relinquish control, to lean in and accept the unknown, something that proved incredibly challenging for me as I watched my life slip between my fingers. Looking back, I desperately needed this. It forced me to pay attention to what I put in my body, my thought patterns, my feelings and emotions, which I had numbed for years through substance abuse and just plain neglect. It forced me to listen to what I needed on a minute-to-minute basis.

Above all of that, though, I realized that I am not my story. I am not my pain. I am not this disease. I am not even my body. I am so much more."

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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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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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Andrew Hurley

This is, Andrew's Story...

There are 3 reasons I want to tell the story about my experience with Lyme Disease: To educate people on this disease and spread awareness of its effects, to provide a beacon of hope for those who are currently suffering with Lyme, and to help people find silver linings during difficult times. My dear, dear friend and mentor Curtis “Fifty Cent” Jackson once said, “Sunny days wouldn’t be special, if it wasn’t for rain/Joy wouldn’t feel so good, if it wasn’t for pain.”  Preach on, Fitty!  So, is this a serious story? Yes, it involves my 2 bouts with near suicidal depression. Hey guys, don’t worry – I’m still here. Is this a happy story?  Yes, it involves a man completely changing his life for the better...

 

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Lyme Isn't a Crutch. It's a Catalyst.

I was diagnosed January of 2014 after my immune system plummeted when I came down with the Epstein barr virus (mono). It was devastating and relieving news all at the same time. I contracted it around the age of ten when I was living in the woods of NJ. For over a decade I was in and out of doctor’s offices running tests and looking for answers. When the tests results came in positive it gave me something to treat, something to work on. Before, I was discouraged and frustrated, shooting in the dark with strict diets, supplements, and palliative measures. I finally knew what my body was screaming at me so desperately trying to communicate. On the outside I look healthy, but on the inside I feel like my body is failing me and at 22 years old that is not acceptable. I have my entire life ahead of me and I will not let this disease change how I live.

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Alexandra Noll

Lyme Disease was honestly just a name for the myriad of problems I had been dealing with since early adolescence. Chronic illness was nothing new; I watched my grandmother slowly slip away from a combination of medical mysteries that included Crohn’s Disease, ankylosing spondylitis, and many others. As a kid, I battled constant headaches and seasonal allergies that worsened after my family moved from Massachusetts to Texas.

I remember having a lot of growing pains and being tired. I never wanted to run around like the other children my age. In 2010, my headaches worsened. My best friend recommended that I try a gluten-free diet, which miraculously cured the problem. I always managed to pick up weird things, like a staph infection on my face after a week of backpacking.

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