Learning to Pull Strength from the Unexpected Parts of Life: Why Sarah Chooses to Fight Chronic Lyme Disease with Optimism + Adventure

“Where’s my happy girl? I never see you smile anymore.” 

My jaw clenched and I stared straight ahead as it became increasingly more difficult to breathe. This was the start of my fourth panic attack today, I noted with a journalistic objectivity. They’d been getting more and more frequent for months but even this was unprecedented. I counted the passes of the windshield wiper as I tried to divert my thoughts...

Finding + Creating Your Own Best Self While Taking On The Setbacks Of Lyme Disease. A Story By Natalie Bettinelli

I was diagnosed with Lyme disease on July 6th, 2016, just three short weeks after my wedding in Napa, California. In what seemed like no time at all, I went from being surrounded by friends and family and feeling overwhelmingly loved by the outpouring of support, to shocked, scared, lonely, confused, and very, very sick. 

Looking back, I should have seen the signs and known something was up. We had a stressful year, but like anyone, I found excuses for my exhaustion and poor physical health. I blamed work, moving across the country, changing jobs, my long distance relationship, and training for my first marathon. I continued to tell myself to push through, that I would be fine.

The Only Way Out is Through: Bottoming Out and The Dark Night of the Soul By Marie-Ève Bonneau

Marie-Ève brings light into every dark corner of the world around her, revealing a new level of beauty, one that is often found in the forgotten, painful, and we'd-rather-not-go-there corners of our mind. She has a gentle and kind way of guiding us through these moments, seeing them through, as if for the very first time, the eyes of promise and hope instead of fear and doubt. 

Suddenly, the clouds clear giving way to night and those curiosities and dreams of ours are at our fingertips, giving us permission to let go, if only for a moment, and step into the still cool air, stars beaming from one corner of the universe to the other. 

Without further hesitation, I invite you to dive into Marie-Ève's incredible story on making it through alright. 

I Thought It Was Impossible, Yet Here I Am: Hannah Lyal Bingham's Thoughts On Lyme Disease + Living Life To It's Fullest

Hi folks, my name is Hannah and I am here to share MY story.

It all started about two and a half years ago. I became very sick very fast. I was passing blood clots, violently vomiting, my body ached so badly that I would lie in fetal position and not move for hours. I dropped 40 pounds in 3 weeks, and was so depressed to the point where I was suicidal. I truly thought that I was dying. I was sure of it, and the doctors weren't determined to figure out was wrong so they left me with "it might be colon cancer" and that was that. I moved to Alaska without knowing what was wrong with me. Alaska was the happiest I had been in a long time and at first I didn't feel all that shitty, but three months in I had to move back home because my symptoms had come back stronger than ever.

What It Means To Be Human: Healing Systemic Lyme, Yeast, and Parasites By Way Of Compassion, Adventure, and Endless Amounts Of Vigor, Love and Determination

What does it mean to be human? I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this question for months. To me, to be human is being able to experience truly intense emotions – fear, joy, love, frustration, anger, sadness, pain, excitement, and hope. I don’t know, but I think that the most able humans are defined by how they choose to experience change.

Here’s a little snap shot of what my life was, what it is, and what it will become.

It has nearly been one year… 12 months, 365 days… since I’ve spent 4% of my life healing from one hell of a disease. It doesn’t seem like too long. Maybe it’s not in the scheme of things. But for me, it feels like a lifetime.

My Lyme story starts out very different from most peoples’. I can recall the exact day I found a tiny round nymph burrowed into the back of my neck. In fact, I have pictures. 

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.