Your homework is in: Here are the questions with Answers of course.
How old were you when you were diagnosed?
It was the summer of 2005, so I was 14 years-old.
Were you relieved or upset to have a name for your illness?
When I was first diagnosed I didn't know what to think. I didn't know what Lyme disease was, and I was just like "oh". I wanted it to be treated soon and I figured within the next month I would be fine. I never really knew much about Lyme disease until like last year. I didn't know about anyone elses stories really anyways. I just kept in my personal life with what was going on with me. I did know it stunk though. I remember Halloween my Freshman or Sophomore year, I went with my friend Melissa... We came back early and I got home and had a break down and cried and told my mom how sick I felt all the time and how horrible it was. She was so confused... We both were. I am sad now that I have been sick this long, however I have met some amazing people and for that I wouldn't trade it.
Finally, do you have any idea what an inspiration you are to others?
This is something I hear from people a lot. However personally, I have a pretty low self-esteem. I don't feel how I take what is handed me is any different than it should be taken. It is nothing special and I am not trying to be a big deal. It is just how I have to get through my life. Everyone has a story behind their skin, some just aren't as open as I have been with mine.
What sort of activities/hobbies do you enjoy that help you cope with being chronically ill?
Well a. I am having trouble believing this is chronic because I fully believe God will heal me one day. So therefore I don't think I will be sick forever. Even if that's what the doctors say... Things that help me through the day are painting, and art, ah there are a few things. Well I love to paint and I love artwork. I have taken a liking onto making this book, it's kinda cool, just me experimenting pretty much. I also am a chronic dreamer so that is an activity in itself. I love to dream about things like jumping in mud muddles, laughing till my stomach hurts or twirling in dresses. If you know me in person and have known me for awhile- you know I will daze off once in awhile, I swear I am off in an awesome dreamland. I love to help others as well. If I could do anything in the world for the rest of my life it would be give back to the community. If everyone did that we would be free of a lot of un-happy people. OH and good mail. I LOVE MAIL. Giving and receiving. It's the best stuff in the world. It literally can make me SO happy. I think it's the best. I like to send packages too. Lots of them. So, some of these don't seem like they could make me happy- or deal well but hearing about the joy things bring others makes me feel like I count for something, as selfish as that sounds and sometimes remembering that makes me remember that being sick doesn't have that big of a strong hold on me. Oh, and I love to talk to my grandparents. It's something new I am enjoying that helps me remember I am still young and they give me advice, especially on college. My grandpa has had some really interesting points of view on it. I am thankful for family the most.
Ladies, Since you're the ONLY two people who responded to my post I have a little surprise for you, some good mail! Please e-mail me with an address to send it to! :)
See? Maybe if you responded to my posts you would be getting good mail too!!