Posts tagged self love
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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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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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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