Living Mighty Well

Looking Forward When You Fall Back

Most of the friends that I have talked with about my Osteomyelitis have been very supportive, but they still don’t fully ‘get it.’ So far, I’ve had two surgeries in the past two months (both emergencies) to stop the spread of the infection in my bones. The first surgery led to the amputation of my pinky toe on my left foot and the second surgery led to an additional inch of bone and flesh being ...
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How I Found A Few Extra Spoons In A Haystack Of Spirochetes

Recently, I was asked to describe how Lyme Disease has changed my life. Originally, the words that I used to try to answer this question reeked of pain. Truthfully, yes, this disease has broken me in ways I never thought possible. But I can’t go there. Going there would only be a setback. If you are this sick, the slightest bit of negative energy can really mess with your healing process. When I ...
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I Lost My "Creative"

When I was diagnosed with chronic neurological Lyme last may, I lost a part of my identity-- my creative drive that truly makes me who I am. Neurological disorders, since they are in your brain and nervous system, can affect the most cherished parts of ourselves. This poem is a realization that I could never truly lose myself to illness, even though at times I may feel like I've lost my ...
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Beautiful Disguise

Those of us with chronic mental or physical illness are constantly living in a world of pretend, well at least to the extent that we not only hide our pain from others but also hide the pain from ourselves. I’ve been struggling with Lyme disease and multiple co-infections since age 10 and finally received a diagnosis of neurological Lyme Disease last summer at age 20, the same diagnosis as my ...
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Finding The Good In Bad With Illness

As most people know, it can often be difficult to look on the bright side and stay positive. This is especially true when battling an illness. Luckily, there are people out there that help inspire others every day to keep pushing. Our new friend, Maddie, was kind enough to share her story with us on how she remains positive despite her battle....
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The Biggest Lessons Bipolar Disorder Has Taught Me

About ten months ago, Gina was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1. With this disorder came along symptoms that can be defined as positive. These positive symptoms included creativity, a good work ethic, the ability to multitask, and being the "life of the party". On the other hand, negative symptoms also ensued: mania, depression, eventual bursts of anger, and more.   The depression drained a ...
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CHRONICALLY ILL & "Superpowered"

Its hard enough to start and build a company. Its nearly impossible if you have to battle chronic illness everyday - unless you have amazing Superpowers. Meet Emily Levy, the founder of Mighty Well. And chronic Lyme Disease patient. Her daily treatment needs required a PICC line in her arm that needs constant protection, leading her to start a company to make better, more stylish apparel and ...
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4 Tips on Improving Your Academics With Chronic Illness

Keeping your grades up is a task that stresses college students out all over the world. It is especially difficult when dealing with an illness on top of all of your exams and assignments. Victoria spoke with us and shared some great tips on how to make school a little bit managable despite any illness you may have....
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