Share Your Story!

Author: Sairy Franks

You are needed! The Oak in the Acorn strives to amplify the voices of those with Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses, as well as amplifying the voices of our caregivers. I have been sick with Lyme Disease and co-infections for 16 years and have been writing about my experiences on this site and other places online. My intent has always been to raise awareness and compassion for people with chronic illness and their support people. However, after meeting and remaining connected to many people with Lyme throughout the years, I understand that I am just one person, and there are many perspectives and stories that go untold as I share only about my experience.

My hope is that those of you with chronic illness and those of you supporting us will submit your stories, experiences, perspectives, hopes, triumphs, tribulations, losses, beauty, and anything you feel drawn to share in a way that is healing to you. This could be in any format – words, pictures, artwork, music, videos, the list goes on. It can be your own personal story or also an article you write on any topic pertaining to chronic illness or Lyme. I know we all have a lot on our plates, so your submissions could even be old FB posts, journal entries, etc. If you’d like to write an “about the author” section for me to add to your article and/or a personal photo of you, that would be great! It’s totally up to you though.

Additional information I’d love to include for those who are interested:

  1. If there are fundraising efforts for you feel free to send me your story and info about how to donate…I will be happy to share that here!
  2. If you have art for sale, write something up about it and send it my way! I would love to post about it and direct more people to support you! Include any websites or information necessary so people know how to find your work.

Submissions or questions can be sent to thetruthaboutchronicillness@gmail.com.

Because so many of us are housebound, we need a safe place to share our voices and be vulnerable with the confidence that our truths will be met with love. I would love for this to be a community space to celebrate and mourn, as well as be a resource to people who want to show up for folks with chronic illness and our caregivers both in times of struggle and celebration, in ways that heal and support rather than harm or alienate. This is not only an opportunity for people who have been unaffected by chronic illness to learn, but for all of us to learn how to better support one another. All submissions are deeply appreciated.

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