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The Hardest Thing I've Had to Overcome

The hardest thing I’ve had to overcome with having a chronic illness . . .

Well, honestly there are a few, but if I had to pick one, it would be learning to not fear the unknown. When I was first diagnosed with Lyme disease I thought it would be a walk in the park; I thought it would be a few days of some oral antibiotics and I’d be back to feeling like myself. Boy, was I wrong. Ever since I began this journey of reclaiming my health, it has been nothing but ups and downs and things I would have never expected to happen to me. I have feared for my life far too many times and I know I will have more of those moments because my body is plagued with a monster. A monster that is so disturbing no one wants to recognize it. Because of this, I’ve become my own advocate, my own doctor, and all of my strength and support. I won’t lie to you, some days are scarier than I could describe, and I literally become paralyzed watching and feeling my life flash before my eyes. But, I’ve learned to accept that that is okay. I’ve made it through these times before and I know I will continue to make it through, until I beat this monster. Always remind yourself you are so much stronger than you could ever imagine. This is your body. Maybe there’s some evil thing living inside of it, but nothing lasts forever. Your pain is temporary. This too will pass.

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