The best way to get to know me is to know my struggle. It is what has made me who I am, it is what fuels what I do. If you are struggling in any area, I hope and pray that my life can make a positive difference in yours. Your story matters, your life matters, you matter, so never give up! Even in the darkest times, incredible things can blossom.
Before chronic Lyme disease entered its most intense stages in my life, I was fully active in music as a singer-songwriter. I’ve traveled all over the nation performing at festivals, prisons, shelters. I released music, I had songs on various radio charts. My heart was always to help hurting people, because I know what it is like to hurt. Music was my way of doing that. Chronic Lyme changed my entire life and I’ve had to re-learn how to make a difference and how to heal..
“Be honest, Be real, Be you”…This is something I have always said and still say. I have been using it in my music and writing for years. But stripping down to that level of honesty is a challenge in the real world. It requires being willing to put your entire heart out for the world to break and break again. For everyone to see you for all that you are, faults, fears, mistakes and to let them watch you fall and get back up for the thousandth time. It takes you out of the safe world behind your computer keyboard, or phone screen and it instead transports you directly into the world of people. Real life, real hurt, real crazy, messy people.
That is why I wrote Living beyond Lyme, it is longer than my normal blog post and required more space, and time to read, but it’s an honest look into what the last decade and then some, of my life has looked like. Why I disappeared from music for several years and honestly from life for so long. It’s brutal honesty and scary vulnerability for me. But I hope it makes a difference in someone’s life. I hope it helps someone choose to live and fight and change. For those who read it, thank you!
If you want to read more about my story you can click here to read the extended blog post “Living Beyond Lyme”.