Chronic Illness & The Healing Power of Community & Kindness

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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 (www.lipstickwarpaint.org) along with a card that concluded with the words, “P.P.S. Thank you for helping to heal this world.”  Continue reading…

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Putting Everything on Pause & Putting Myself First: How I Finally Turned a Corner with Chronic Lyme

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It’s been several months since I last posted here, and I want to apologize for dropping off the radar without so much as a “hey, I’m taking a break.” If you’ve been following me on Instagram or FaceBook then you probably know what’s been up, but basically I crashed.

Last year I went from being at a “healing plateau,” to experiencing a number of health setbacks. By the end of the year, I found myself in yet another flare up, feeling chronically overwhelmed despite my dedication to daily stress-management & self care practices. Something had to come off my plate. It couldn’t be my Chronic Lyme treatments or self care. That left all things Hope Heal Cook.  Continue reading “Putting Everything on Pause & Putting Myself First: How I Finally Turned a Corner with Chronic Lyme”

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

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My No Bake Pumpkin Pie Tartlets are full flavored + super easy: perfect for a low-stress Holiday!

I looooove to cook. But I don’t like to bake. Which is fine because I’d rather have savory than sweet. Forget cookies and cakes; I’m all about that extra dark chocolate, thank you very much. Wonderhubs, on the other hand, has a special fondness for certain baked goods, pumpkin pie being his favorite. Thankfully, my oven-free version is so good I’ll never have to bake a pumpkin pie again! Phew!  Continue reading “No Bake Pumpkin Pie Tartlets”

How Lyme Disease Taught Me to Let Go & Let Love In: an Interview with MoreThanLyme.org

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At the peak of my illness, I had to let go of virtually everything. In doing so I found a new freedom. 

The often painful process of letting go has been transformational. Only by emptying myself of so much, did I discover what it is to be truly full: of life, of love, and of the magic present in each moment. Of all of the things I’ve had to let go of during my time with Chronic Lyme, I believe what’s most profound is the extent to which I’ve let go of my own suffering.   Continue reading “How Lyme Disease Taught Me to Let Go & Let Love In: an Interview with MoreThanLyme.org”