Ever since my health problems started, Mom has been a constant source of encouragement and gives the best pep talks I've ever heard. Many times I don't believe what she's says. I'm scared to use the words, "when I get better" or "when I'm able to cook, work, swim, etc.". I need to have more faith. The thing is, I really don't know if I'll get 100% better. What most people don't realize about Lyme is that it's a disease. When someone says they have ALS, Parkinson's, Addison's, or Crohn's disease I think that they have it for life but they can manage it with different treatments. When Lyme isn't caught early enough, the same scenario is true. It's a disease. You have to stay on top of it or it will come back.
Anyway, back to pep talks. We came up with the name, "The Rounded Corner", for our Etsy shop and blog through an analogy that we go back to often. We're in a dark tunnel right now, we see little flickers of light that help us keep going but we haven't rounded the corner to completely see the light and the good in all of this. Some days there isn't a flicker of light but that's when I'm reminded that we walk by faith and not by sight...literally!
Our Etsy Shop:
The Rounded Corner offers hand made paper items, especially cards. We used to offer crocheted items but recently chose to keep it to paper. Mom makes the majority of the goodies in the shop and I post the items on Etsy then blow up everyone's newsfeed with our newest creations and sales. :) I enjoy making cards too and believe that it's really good to have a low-stress hobby when you're going through Lyme. We chose an Etsy shop because we can work at our own pace and earn some extra money. I fell flat on my face every time I tried working outside the home. I'd literally collapse in pain when I walked in the apartment after work. Had no clue at the time what was going on and how serious it was. I'm thankful that I didn't collapse today and was able to continue with my butterfly cards (which will be in the shop eventually).
Right now business is slow because of no major holidays I guess. We have lots of bright, fun cards posted and will be adding more soon. Take a peek: Our Etsy Shop!
Right now we are running a sale. Read the shop announcement at the top of our shop's page!
A slogan we came up with for our Etsy shop is, "The light is at the end of the tunnel. Shine brightly while you round the corner to get there."
There are so many days I lay in bed and wonder, "how in the world can I shine when I can't even move, speak or form thoughts?" But the days (and late evenings) that I have enough strength to do things is the time to shine...well, I guess both days have shining potential with Jesus in the mix. It's very easy to get self focused with this disease because you're constantly thinking of what you have to do next, which antibiotic, what pills, how to get to the restroom, how to sit up, and on and on the list goes. I'm so thankful for my family and friends who have come and seen the seizures and still love and shine their light. They choose to walk through the tunnel with us. Try walking through a tunnel with someone-you may never know how much it means to them.
What does shining brightly mean to you? Some days I'm interested in answering that question and acting on it and other days I honestly could care less. Praying for strength to shine. Don't waste your Lyme Disease. Don't waste your life.