Hi everyone, and happy Friday! It’s my favorite day of the week again! Today on Chronic Coffee Chat, we’re actually featuring one of my favorite chronic illness bloggers. Everything she writes is heartfelt and relevant. Her blog is titled Living Grace, and she really embodies that in her work and in her life. Since we did this interview, she’s started healing using a DNRS system, which you can read about on her blog. Also, you should definitely check out her Instagram— she takes some seriously pretty shots. So who is she? We’ll let her introduce herself.
Hi! I’m Kami. I’m a wife, blogger, dreamer, and I love me some tea-drinking-couch chats on the deeper things of life. When I’m not writing, detoxing or treating/managing Lyme (and everything else) you’ll find me creating, binge-watching Netflix, listening to podcasts, and snapping photos of cloud-scattered skies. Oh, and cuddling with my pup, Tooka. She’s a fur-bestie. Find Kami on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.
Q: What inspired you to start blogging?
A: Blogging for me started as an outlet to get all-the-thoughts out. I began
seeing more and more friends starting blogs and I thought it could be therapeutic for me. And even though I only wrote occasionally – it was! Then, when sickness hit hard for me in 2013, it became more than that. It became a space to both process and heal. It’s connected me with other brave, inspiring people, learning to live in spite of their limitations and I love it!
Q: What message or inspiration do you hope others take away from your writing?
A: My hope with Living Grace is that people feel understood in their pain and find a safe place to process their own unique struggles with chronic illness. Living with illness can be a lonely road if you don’t have someone else saying “me too”. I want others to be reminded they’re not alone, while also finding tools and encouragement for processing, healing, and rising above their illness.
Q: What’s been the hardest part of your chronic illness journey so far?
A: Probably one of the hardest parts of my chronic illness journey has been the path to finding community. As many of us that are sick know: not everyone stands beside you for the long haul. I’ve made some peace with that truth, but it can still be hard at times. In spite of that pain, I’ve connected with dear new friends in the years since. And I’ve seen other friendships only deepen in these years of sickness, which is such a gift.
Q: What’s your favorite form of self-care when things are rough?
A: On my hardest days I tend to stay in bed and clear as much as possible that day in my calendar. That’s partly making a wise choice, and partly because my body is just bossy on those days. 😉 I also like having lots of water and a variety of nuts (usually macadamia or almond) by my bedside in case I
can’t get around easily. Then it’s Netflix, podcasts and texting with friends to help me pass the time.
Q: What one thing do you want people to know about Lyme Disease?
A: When I see pictures of people in the woods or even walking through the grass I internally think “I hope they’re wearing tick repellent.” In reality, most people don’t – I wasn’t concerned about it before diagnosis either. But it’s so important to protect ourselves and our kids from tick bites (and mosquitos, too) by taking the extra few seconds to spray on a good natural tick repellent.
Thanks to Kami for being featured here today! For more info on being featured, you can reach me by email. Also, check out the #chroniccoffeechat hashtag on both Instagram and Twitter for questions, comments, and for occasional special bonus content!
Have a happy weekend, everyone!