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Aly Shwedo

Q: Letting go. In the process of being diagnosed with Lyme Disease, what things have you had to sacrifice and let go of? And how do you cope and adjust to this new way of life?

Aly: My life now compared to my life two years ago barely resemble each other. I’ve had to give up pursuing my education, my job, my friends, my independence, and almost my entire way of living through this disease. I am still grieving the loss of my former life, but I think sacrifice is a much better word to use when it comes to chronic illness. Lyme disease strips you down to your core. It is easy to look at our situation as a negative experience, but I have been given more than I have sacrificed to this illness. I have gained compassion and respect for anyone affected by chronic illness and hardship. I have been shown what moments in life truly matter and have a greater appreciation for every opportunity that my health allows me to do something “normal”.

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Hailey Allen

I am twenty years old, and in June of 2014 I was diagnosed with Chronic Late Stage Lyme Disease along with five other co-infections. Like many others struggling with this disease, it took me many years (six to be exact) to find out what was ailing me. Although many of my symptoms limited me in middle and high school, it wasn't until I started treatment that I reached my roughest patch yet.

It seemed as if my life had changed nearly over night; I spent most of my days in bed with crippling fatigue, migraines, GI troubles, and wide spread joint pain. Because of my worsening condition, I had to make the crushing decision (more like the decision was made for me by doctors) to remain at home to receive treatment instead of returning to school out east.

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