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Lyme Disease Warrior
My name is Mikayla and I am definitely not your average 24-year-old girl; I have chronic neurological Lyme disease. Growing up I saw more doctors than one should ever see in an entire lifetime over the course of six years yet each of them chose to dismiss me. You’d think doctors are there to help when you’re in need yet I received nothing but backlash, ignorance, and emotional pain that have left deep scars unseen to the eye. When you’re told something over and over you it’s inevitable you’re going to start believing it.
“You’re a hypochondriac.”
“It’s all in your head.”
“She needs to be sent for a psych evaluation.”
I’ll be honest; I did believe all of those things at a moment of weakness before I realized the strength I held deep within me. It took far too much knocking down and abuse to get me to recognize that strength, but it’s been a blessing in disguise as weird as that sounds. Being ‘chronically ill’ with Lyme disease has taught me far more than any other life experience could or would have. It has brought me the most genuine friendships I’ll forever hold close. But most importantly, it’s brought me a purpose. Sharing my story across social media was an easy decision to make because I knew I could never let someone else experience the torment I did alone. Being able to share my story and connect with others across social media as been incredible. Helping others recognize their own strength and being an ear to listen has truly kept me pushing to win this fight against Lyme.
Don’t ever doubt yourself. The strength you have within you, even if you may not recognize it just yet, is immeasurable.
One of the most important tips I can offer, if anything, is to remind yourself that you have made it through 100% of those horrific days you never thought you would … and because of that, you can and will make it through any other of those bad days that may come.
I hope to connect with ya’ll soon! Please don’t hesitate to reach out through instagram and/or my blog! XOXO.