Posts tagged lyme disease awareness
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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Honoring Both the Storm + the Rainbow: How Rachel O'Malley's Adventurous Spirit Drives Her Overcome Setbacks

This Is, Rachel...

In a fight against her own body, Rachel has found a place of acceptance. A place where she can look at the obstacles, set backs, and pain that comes from living with this disease, as part of her journey. As part of what makes her the strong, resilient, adventurous, and brave human that she is today. That she always has been.

Rachel has learned what it's like to be ok with not being ok. To see all that she's done as every reason to not just live, but thrive. To show up and allow herself to be seen, even if that means feeling vulnerable or out of place. To take her past experiences and build off them, even lean into when things seem impossible. To use them as tools to help build a life for herself beyond the limitations of Lyme. 

This diseases pushes us to be brutally honest with ourselves, to face parts of ourself that we are scared to face. To be there, trusting, believing, and fighting for a life more than. For the life you deserve to live, even if it's slightly different from what you expected. 

This is Rachel's story...

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On Being Ok with Where We are Right Now: A Story By, Mikayla Vacher

This is, Mikayla,

Headstrong, courageous, empathetic, determined, loving, and optimistic, all while in the face of pain. In the face of obstacles so big they could crush you at a moments notice. With her unwavering hope and will to make this life, her life, an adventurous one, Mikayla encourages us to see all that we have (the people, places, and things...) as enough.

As more than enough. As every reason to keep pushing forward, even when the world around you does not seem to be working in your favor. Even when you find yourself trudging through the deep waters of anxiety and depression, desperately trying to make sense of the slew of symptoms coming at you from all directions, Mikayla helps us to see that this illness, so often seen as our weakness, can instead give us the strength that we need to create a life more than. 

To take all that we already are, and put it towards a life we fall in love with over and over again.

This is her story...

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Victoria Starr

Meet Victoria,

A creator, cook, motivator, wellness blogger, adventure advocate, loyal friend, and Lyme Activist. Victoria makes a point of surrounding herself with the people, places, things, and food that will not only nurture her, but push her to live a life beyond the limitations that Lyme Disease brings, all while encouraging others to do the same. 

In her own words...

"The longer I have lived with the diagnosis, the more I work to break out of that shell and force myself to continue to do the things that I love, even if it means that I might wear myself out. I listen to my body, but I continue to challenge it!" 

This is her 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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