How has Lyme Disease affected your life? What inspires you?

I had to take down all my collages in my room today. I made this one when I was 13 and bedridden. I was told by my doctors I may die. I spent my days laying in bed half unconscious with my parents coming in hourly to feed me my meds. I was hopeless, depressed, and angry. I was sick of staring at a blank wall all day long so with everything I had left in me I created a collage that made me feel happy. When I looked at it I was able to forget the fact that I was sick and I only saw my dreams and ambitions. Something so simple as this collage took me months to finish because I was too sick to be up for more than 10 minutes a day but it was worth it. Every time I wanted to give up I just glanced at it and remembered what I want to accomplish in this lifetime. For 3 years of high school and middle school my bedroom was all I knew. I couldn’t leave my bed let alone my room. It eventually became the only place I felt safe. Saying goodbye to my room for good where I spent most of my adolescence in is insanely difficult. It’s hard to say goodbye to a room that you’ve almost died in. But as I pack everything up it also feels like that part of my life is coming to an end and this new chapter of health is entering into my life. A chapter where I’m not bedridden and caged into a room for months on end. A chapter where I am able to fully function and live.❤️

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