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How has Lyme Disease affected your life?

I have been battling Lyme Disease for over 5 years now. I know that is a very short time compared to others who have been battling for, sometimes, decades. However, when I was first diagnosed and going through different treatments, I began to feel like my whole life was affected by Lyme. I didn’t know who I was and I felt like I had lost myself and I had become this awful disease. Then I came to the realization, which has now become my mantra: “I am not Lyme Disease and Lyme Disease is not me, but I am who I am today because of Lyme Disease.”

What inspires you?

This mantra (above), inspires me. However, there is another quote that inspires me also:

“If you ever have a bad thought about yourself send it back to hell because that is where it came from.” -Brigham Young

This quote has helped me get through some really hard days with Lyme. It has helped me keep going when I just want to give up, and give in to this disease.

I don’t think my wings would be very fancy, or very beautiful at all. I thing they would look frayed and worn on the edges. I would want them to look that way. I might have a few tears in them, but I am still able to fly. This shows that I have been through a lot, however, I am still making it. I am still able to fly.

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