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”

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”