Posts tagged creativity
Rise and Thrive: A Story of Lyme Disease, Dance, the Negative Side of the Word “Heal,” and Why Hannah Has Never Thought of Herself As Broken & Needing to Be Fixed

Sometimes a diagnosis can feel like a death sentence.

Whether your particular sentence is an injury, illness, or mental health condition, it can feel as though the walls are closing in. It’s as if there’s no escape and no way back to the life you once lived. At least this is how I felt when I was diagnosed with not just Lyme disease, but also heavy metal poisoning, mold toxicity, and a garden variety of parasites.

I was 32, with a three-year-old son, assorted jobs, and a life that simply didn’t accommodate chronic illness. I was devastated. I shook with fear, with disbelief, with denial. Now I refer to myself as the luckiest Lyme patient alive...

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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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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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Why Sylvie Believes Creativity Means Choosing Curiosity Above Habit: On Being Fluid, Vulnerable, and Raw in Her Art + Fight Against Lyme Disease

It's 9pm on a Thursday and I am swaying and clapping and doing the chicken dance with a group of strangers. My awkwardness is melting, a smile pulling at the side of my mouth. Mostly I am thoroughly captivated by the leader. He’s a magical man who might have been a preacher in another life so I listen when mid lesson he stops and exclaims, “You don’t sing to make pretty music, you sing to feel the music. You sing to express your joy and sorrow. You sing as a release valve. You sing with your whole body.” 

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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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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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