20 Unexpected Lessons I Learned From Late Stage Lyme Disease

 

20 Unexpected Lessons I Learned From Late Stage Lyme Disease


Life Lesson #3: Moccasin slippers are a wise investment.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. To some, it might mean seeing a few news segments about the risks of tick bites in Spring and Summer.But for the rising number of us who have been diagnosed with Late Stage Lyme disease, this month holds meaning.

Im 25 years old, and I have Late Stage Lyme disease. Ive been battling it for almost 10 years now. Through the experience of regaining my health, Im learning that were all served our set of monumental challenges. Sure, some days its hard to watch my peers forge ahead in their lives, as they lay the foundation for their careers and start families of their own, while I make a career out of blending green smoothies and popping pills that smell like gym socks. But my peers have their set of challenges too. They may not involve ambulance rides, surgeries or medical anomalies, but I think were all given a set of obstacles that shape us into who were meant to be.

Lyme disease is my teacher. Though its weakened my body and sucked some of the life out of my organs, its taught me where my true strength liesand it breathed new life into my world. Its taught me the value of gratitude, the true definition of courage, and the importance of unconditional self love. Because of Lyme disease, I know how to find the light switch when things have gone impossibly dark, and how to laugh when life doesnt seem very funny. Though its been a hard lesson to learn, Im learning to allow this disease to continue to shape me each and every day.Here are some other lifelessons Ive learnedfrom living with Lyme:

1. When someone asks how you are, ninety-eight percentof the time they are expecting a one word answer. Unless its your mom or your grandmother whos asking. Then your answer requires no less than 125 words.

2. Laughing is really important. It brings us back to the moment and reminds us to exhale, and to use up less of our moments worrying about the future or grieving over the past. But its okay to cry sometimes. Thats important too.

3. Moccasin slippers are a wise investment. When you accidentally forget to put on real shoes, people will be less likely to notice.

4. If you consume carrot juice, Quercetin, turmeric and vitamin C all in one day, youll wake up looking like youve had a bad spray tan. Dont worry, itll fade.

5. If you want something to work, the first thing that you have to do is believe in it. The second step is to trust it, and the third is to commit to it until what you believed would happen becomes a truth.

6. A doctor, a teacher, a mentor or a healer can show you how to do it, but they cant do it for you. You have to meet your guide halfway. Its up to you to do the work.

7. If youre going to sit in an infrared sauna, drink a lot of waterbeforeyou get in, even if your bladder tells you otherwise. Dont wear mascara.

8. Dont let a closed door close your mind, or hard circumstances harden your heart. Staying open and gracious allows space for unexpected opportunities.

9. That inexplicable funny feeling that you sometimes get about things? Its your intuition. Trust it. Its smarter than your heart and less biased than your brain.

10. For those mornings that you wake up feeling like you have a massive hangover (or if you really actually have a hangover, no judgment here), keep a bottle of peppermint oil next to your bed. Sometimes its the little things that can really shift a girls day.

11. Study ingredient labels like its your college major. And if you cant pronounce it, dont eat it.

12. If your shampoo or perfume would be toxic if you ate it, then you shouldnt wear it.

13. Sometimes, when you feel impossibly sick, its best to go back to the basics. Your body might just need some breathing room.

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