My name is Amy and in 2014 I got really sick with Late-Stage Lyme Disease—I mean wheelchair, 80 pills a day, needing a nanny for my kids kinda-sick.
It wasn’t until 4 years later, that I decided I would choose joy and live with intention no matter what my circumstances might be.
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After the birth of my second child in 2014, I developed some disturbing health issues. I experienced migrating pain, twitches, and even memory loss. Doctors had no answers and as the years went on, my list of symptoms increased.
I had trouble holding conversations, and experienced so much neuropathy pain that I couldn’t walk to bathroom on my own. Every test was normal, yet I was using a wheelchair and taking over 80 pills a day. Eventually, doctors began to question my sanity.
Finally, in the spring of 2017, I was diagnosed with Late Stage Lyme Disease (aka Chronic Lyme), which presented another set of problems. I learned that the disease is highly controversial, and navigated an underground world of Lyme treatment. Nothing was covered by insurance and communicating with doctors was often difficult and secretive.
After a year and a half of treatments, I began to see improvements in my pain management and energy levels. But the turning point for me was when I addressed my mental state and acknowledged that I would never make progress if I didn’t believe I could.
I could continue to be a grump about everything that was going on in my life—give up, quit, sleep away the days, be bitter and angry, and self-pitying. Or I could choose to live in the freedom of gratitude, love, joy and peace despite whatever circumstances were in front of me.
While my mindset wasn’t the cause of Lyme, it certainly wasn’t helping it. I read book after book of others who went through hard times and read of their successes through self-care practices like using a gratitude journal, or getting outside into the sunshine everyday. I saw a pattern of positive thinking and physical healing in my body that I couldn’t ignore.
In my trials of pain and suffering, I realized that changing my mindset also meant a deep dive into what I believed about my capabilities and an awareness of my need for spiritual growth.
My journey with Lyme tested my faith, relationships and mental state in ways I never dreamed. It was in these trials that I learned about finding joy in circumstances and discovered the peace that comes with surrender of control and trust in Jesus, one hard step at a time.
As I regained the strength to take back my life again, I wanted to have a way to encourage and empower other women going through hardships and the reality that Christian living isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
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“I just love this adventure of intentionality you are on, thanks for allowing me to be a part of it and equipping myself and other women as well!”
— CINDY W.
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