What My Life’s Like After Finally Achieving Remission from Lyme Disease & Chronic Illness

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If you’ve been following me then you probably already know: I achieved remission from Lyme disease and its major co-infections at the start of the year. Then I totally unplugged & took a some time off, which I talk about in my post: How I Transitioned From a Chronic Illness Identity.

Reaching remission is kinda a big deal, and I realized that what I hadn’t shared what its actually been like after 20+ years of chronic illness & 7+ years of full time treatments, to finally be “better.” Until now. Continue reading “What My Life’s Like After Finally Achieving Remission from Lyme Disease & Chronic Illness”

How I Transitioned From a Chronic Illness Identity

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I’ve been sick for most of my life, and as such, illness ended up becoming a basic part of my identity: I was the sick girl, the one with all the weird symptoms and intolerances and diagnoses and treatments. The last several years, while I was full time healing from end stage Chronic Lyme Disease, my entire life revolved around illness.

So when I hit remission several months ago, it wasn’t just “Yay I’m better!” but also “Woah, now what?” Continue reading “How I Transitioned From a Chronic Illness Identity”

What I’ve Learned from 3 Years as a Food & Wellness Blogger

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Hope Heal Cook recently celebrated three years (wahoo!) and I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my experience as a blogger.

When I first started HHC I’d thought I’d finally found my true calling, the one thing I was put here to do that would make use of all my gifts and give meaning to my lousier life experiences: I was gunna be a food and wellness blogger for the chronic illness and Lyme disease communities. Continue reading “What I’ve Learned from 3 Years as a Food & Wellness Blogger”

The Instagram Shadowban & Finding the Loving Wisdom at the Center of Our Struggles

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram may already know, but for the last 8 months most of my posts have been “shadowbanned.” If you haven’t heard of it, shadowbanning is what folks have been calling a mysterious IG phenomenon where:

  1. Your post don’t show up in hashtags feeds &
  2. Your engagement basically shrivels up & dies.

Continue reading “The Instagram Shadowban & Finding the Loving Wisdom at the Center of Our Struggles”