Awesome Awesome awesome article.

I often am told how amazing it is that I deal with so much at such a young age, how hard it must be and don’t I wish I had a normal life like everyone else my age. Short answer: yes, sometimes…long answer: read THIS

If I’ve learned anything through this journey, it’s that while we may not get to change the facts of our story, we get to dictate the way that it’s told. We get to decide the role we’re going to play in it, how we’re going to interface with each chapter, and whether or not we’re going to be the victim or the heroine of the saga.

So give me a cape and call me a superhero, because I’m not the victim of this story.


Through the experience of regaining my health, I’m learning that we’re all served our set of monumental challenges. My life may (unfortunately) look wildly different from the lives of my peers, but each has its own set of challenges.


They may not involve ambulance rides, surgeries or medical anomalies, but I think we’re all given a set of obstacles that shape us into who we’re meant to be, and guide us toward where we’re meant to go. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, destitution, or a broken heart—sometimes we need that detour that launches us onto a path we wouldn’t have otherwise found, and a guide to teach us how to walk down it.

Some of my favorites of the lessons listed:

9. It is indeed humanly possible to consume more than six servings of vegetables without it completely ruining your day. A vegetable rule of thumb—if you hate it, then roast it.


10. Sign up for Amazon Prime. When there’s only two pills left of your favorite supplement and you’ve forgotten to order more, 2-day shipping will be free (also good for chocolate flavored almond butter emergencies).


16. You are not The Hulk. Don’t start at full dose. Invest in a pill cutter, and for a while, decide whether or not it’s going to be a “little half” day or a “big half” day. Feel like a rock star when you pick the bigger half.


17. That inexplicable funny feeling that you sometimes get about things? It’s your intuition. Trust it. It’s smarter than your heart and less biased than your brain.


20. Study ingredient labels like it’s your college major. And if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.


25. Make peace with your sweatpants. The world is lucky you got dressed.


29. Your body loves your gluten-free diet. Just give it some time to prove it to you.


32. Try not to underestimate yourself. Your body may be somewhat unreliable, but your spirit isn’t.


Some of these are my favorites because they are sooooo true…and some because they are ones I have yet to master!


35 Unexpected Lessons I Learned from Late Stage Lyme. ~ Candice Mitchell



July 4, 2014 · 5:26 pm

2 responses to “35 Unexpected Lessons I Have Learned From Lyme Disease

  1. Great article! I can so relate and LOVE the lessons. It’s applicable to my illnesses as well, with my primary diagnosis of Med-Resistant SLE Lupus. It’s hard to find good sound advice that isn’t militant and rigid in daily life changes. Being chronically ill is already difficult, why make it more challenging if you don’t have to. We have to remember we do things for ourselves, not to please the world around us! Thanks for sharing this!!


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