Let's talk about the hard stuff... that is something we do every Friday, and what we call Feature Friday. The women who share their stories do so with triumph, bravery and with the intent to help others who may be struggling with the same issues. Chronic illness is a theme that seems to plague many women, and many women hikers, women who have chosen the outdoors as a solace.
I am excited and honored to introduce you to someone who has created and empowered her own community called @morethanlyme and to share her story with you, @womenwhohike, as she launches MTL adventures:
"It started out with me, for 10 plus years, putting up walls and keeping my guard up, maybe more specifically, making sure word didn't get out that I had Lyme Disease.
For awhile, it worked, I was able to go through all of high school and even a bit of college before it grabbed hold of me, pushing itself into every part of my life. I had to say something, I had to let go of this idea that I needed to be someone other than who I already was.
So I dropped everything, saying goodbye to the life I built in Washington, and making the sudden and unexpectedly best decision of my life to move down to Bend, Oregon. Which is where the community that makes up More Than Lyme comes in, providing me with a safety net and endless encouragement like I had never felt before.
Not just that, but this community became something bigger than me. It became, and still is becoming, a place where we can take our stories and use them as every reason to keep going, whether it be up mountains and over rivers, or to that doctors appointment that we've been putting off for a little to long.
More Than Lyme allows is a community that urges those fighting Lyme Disease, or anything for that matter, as every reason to keep living a life more than your doubts and fears.
I'm so excited to announce that we are now going to be hosting MTL Adventures across the PNW, and hopefully beyond. To find out how you can get involved, just search More Than Lyme Adventures on Facebook and join in on our very first in-person meet up!"