Chronic Illness & The Healing Power of Community & Kindness


My pain was unusually high that day. Wonderhubs came home to find me curled up & crying on the living room floor. It was an all too familiar scene, but thankfully one that’s become increasingly infrequent. Thanks to my ongoing healing efforts, I have good days now; I also still have hard days. This was decidedly the latter. 

Or so I thought until I saw the package I’d received, which Wonderhubs had brought in for me. Wiping my eyes on the back of my sleeve (I keep it classy) I pried open the packing tape. Inside was a Lyme Don’t Kill My Vibe tote bag by friend & fellow Lyme Superhero, Melissa Cox ( along with a card that concluded with the words, “P.P.S. Thank you for helping to heal this world.” 

Again tears pooled & descended, but this time it was different. Much different.

My first tears were a response to a pain that threatened to shut my heart protectively against hurt. The second sprung from a wellspring of Love, causing my heart to open wide & overflow. We have the power to bring immediate relief to others who are hurting simply by applying compassion & kindness.

None of our trials or gifts are trivial. They’re what enable us to help others.


I am so grateful for the love & support I’ve received from you all these last few months.

When we acknowledge & support each other, especially when things are at their hardest, we contribute to individual healing & healing at large. When we trust that the spontaneous visions of small, kind gestures we sometimes receive are worthy of following up on, we become the change this world needs & answer to each other’s prayers. It’s that simple.

This is The New Wellness. It’s not dependent on physical health, but it does support it. Being open to our own suffering & that of others, and responding with compassion & kindness isn’t a cure all, but it is a piece of the cure. It allows for a deeper healing. A healing we can all share in.

Do you know how much I need you? Yes you. Do you know just how much you’ve all helped me to keep going & to believe in myself when my own resources seemed insufficient? Well, I’m telling you. It’s true. And I’m telling you to trust that the loving-kindness & connection within this community is actually healing us, each day in countless little ways.


Thank you for supporting me, believing in me, helping me & healing me, especially during these last few months of intensive treatment. I can’t thank you enough. I hope that what I offer & share through Hope Heal Cook helps to heal you in return.

Let’s continue to heal to ourselves & each other.
Together we are The New Wellness.  Love & Little Kindnesses Xx Kat

“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” ~ Jackie Chan

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