Posts tagged inspiration
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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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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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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Adapting Too + Creating Magic Outside The Boundaries Of Change: A Story Written By, Genevieve Goetz

When I was diagnosed with chronic pain, fatigue, and Lyme, it was almost exactly a year ago. I just turned 30, was living in a cute, small mountain town in MA for two years, and was going back to school to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. I taught yoga for years and was very physically active. I had an active social and dating life. I wanted to help people with their bodies and empower their lives.

I quickly went from the role of practitioner to patient. I stayed in school part time but was forced to withdraw from the program overall. Suddenly, I was not able to teach yoga, drive or even hike. My body really started to deteriorate, having severe reactions to any kind of antibiotic over and over again. My mom moved closer to be my caregiver . We didn't expect she'd still be here an entire year later, still dealing with my Lyme. I had no clue what it meant to truly give care until my mom stopped her life to save mine.

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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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