I have read the post “How Crochet Saved Me with Lyme Disease” by Sandra Robinson @southpawstitchery a while ago and it deeply touched my heart.
I could very well relate to the topic of the Lyme Disease. When I was 14, I was diagnosed with Tick-borne encephalitis, which is a neurological disease and there is no internationally approved treatment for that… Can you imagine: usual sounds like someone’s steps or opening a door lead to a headache you can’t stand. You can’t move, almost paralyzed, you don’t know if it ever stops or if it lasts forever. I was lucky: I survived and I have not gotten a serious neurological damage. But doctors have told me that there is a high chance that the Lyme Disease shows up at some point during the next 10 years.
And it was so hard to live knowing what might happen, I was terrified.
“I had always valued my worth by how hard I worked. Once that was gone, I felt like a nothing – a nobody. One should never put that kind of pressure on her/himself. It is self-torture to the extreme. I had to discover myself for the first time without a job or a title. As the picc line antibiotics began improving my cognitive functioning, I went back to crocheting with a vengeance. Each item I lovingly handmade gave me a sense of accomplishment” (read further in the original post).
I feel it’s important that people (especially kids like me back then) read Sandra’s story and don’t loose hope to find something what brings joy even when conditions are hard.
So please do share your stories! I know, sometimes it’s hard to talk about it but it might be important for someone who faces the same challenges and feels alone, terrified, lost.
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