Tag Archives: Invisible Illness

23 Ways to Imagine What It’s Like to Have Lyme Disease

This article was featured on The Mighty.

Dealing with Lyme Disease can be challenging enough based on the complex symptoms alone.

What makes it ten times more challenging, though, is the fact that (for most with Lyme Disease) our symptoms are invisible. Continue reading

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Never Give Up Working With Your Hands

“You look more youthful.” The words hit me with surprise. 

Here I was, gripping a beast of a camera, one on loan from a good friend. I wanted to cry with the pain its weight brought to my arthritic fingers and wrists. But instead, I beamed with happiness. A youthful sort of happiness, as my husband pointed out. Continue reading

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A New Year’s Letter to My Decade-Younger Self

Dear Self,

You think it’s pretty crazy that it’s already two-thousand-and-seven, don’t you? You wish you could have accomplished more in this last year, but you’re sitting down with pen and paper, eager to write out a full list of all the amazing things you want to accomplish in the new year.

After an hour of journaling right before bed, your hand writing at awkward angles as you use your pillow for a desk, you come up with something like this.
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WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO SEE YOUR LOVED ONE BETTER?

This article was featured on The Mighty.

What would you do to see your loved one better? How would you feel if you found out your wife had a serious chronic illness a few short years into married life? You’d see her in constant pain, but not be able to do anything about it.

What would you do? When you can’t afford the treatment required? When you wake up every morning to the face of someone who is ill? Continue reading

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So Let’s talk about symptoms

I have chronic Lyme disease, but I also have several Lyme co-infections and numerous other health complications because of these.

Because of the complexities of Lyme disease, and my own complex situation in particular, I tend to be rather vague when writing about my illness. There are so many topics to be covered, a vast number of subcategories within the category of Lyme disease.  Continue reading

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On Turning 30

I’m feeling older than I did a year ago. My body is less forgiving of simple, basic movements –turning to check my blind spot, putting my toddler into the baby carrier, standing on my feet for more than a minute…

I find myself quoting the words of King David: “How long, O Lord…?” Continue reading

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Change is in the air

The green tree leaves are changing to vibrant red hues. The air is crisp. (I could see my breath the other day.) As the sunny skies turn gray here in the Pacific Northwest, my mind turns to the changes ahead. With these atmospheric changes, there are changes in my health. Continue reading

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Illusions

Apparently, I don’t have enough challenges in my life. For some crazy reason, I decided I needed to do a book study [insert surprise emoji here]. The other night, I struggled to read through a sixteen-page chapter. I lost track of how many times I had to re-start. The black words appeared gray to me, Continue reading

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