I am incredibly excited about my first published article! I wrote “How My Lyme Became a Blessing” for the Fall 2015 issue of WHOA Women Magazine. I truly believe that Lyme disease, although the hardest experience I have ever endured, has also been a true blessing in my life because of the character traits, career goals, and health awareness it has inspired within me. You can grab your copy by clicking here (WHOAWomen.com) or visiting your local Barnes and Noble!
Below is a scan of my article, featured in WHOA Women Magazine’s Volume 6, Issue 4 (Fall 2015), and below that is the transcript of my article.
Joy Despite Difficult Circumstances
Never will I forget the day I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in March of 2014. I was only 14 years old. For years I had struggled with a plethora of undiagnosed health issues and desperately prayed, asking God for answers.
Little did I know this single event would not only strengthen my relationship with the Lord, but also help me find His calling for my life.
Battling a chronic, debilitating disease is not easy. It has robbed me of things I previously took for granted, such as the ability to function like a normal teenager, to spend time with friends (I now spend a lot of time in bed), and to play golf on the high school team; however, this experience is something I would never want to change because of what God has developed within me—strength, perseverance, compassion. It is only with God’s strength, not my own, that I am able to get out of bed each day. Each morning I must ask Him to help me get through the day, and each day He carries me through. It is not easy, but I am thankful because God helps me when I am weak. I rely on the His Word to motivate me on the days when I am discouraged and feel the weight of my disease heavily crushing me and even days when I feel somewhat okay. One of my favorite Bible verses is from 2 Corinthians 12 where God tells Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” This is quite possibly my favorite line in the Bible (although it is hard to choose just one!) because it resonates so deeply with me. Instead of worrying and pressuring myself to live up to unrealistic expectations I have set for myself, I have to remind myself that God’s grace is all I need and that although I am weak and imperfect, God’s power covers all of my issues and imperfections with an overwhelming umbrella of love and mercy.
You wouldn’t be able to guess that I am sick by simply glancing at me or that my treatment consists of taking 80 pills a day (no, that is not an exaggeration), multiple antibiotics, weekly IV therapy, and giving myself frequent Vitamin B12 injections as well as using an abundance of special powders, lotions, and drops. On the outside I may not look like I am fighting a disease, but I struggle with this invisible, chronic, nasty disease every single second.
Despite my extensive treatment and chronic sickness, I have found Lyme disease to be one of the biggest blessings in my life. The key is that I have asked God to grant me His joy despite my trials. And when God called me to launch my website, Healthandhighheels.org, even though there were many excuses that immediately entered my mind, I listened to His call and obediently followed through. It wasn’t easy, but by obeying His command, I have found great joy in educating others about nutrition and sharing my gluten, dairy, and soy-free recipes with the world.