Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Community

Ashley, Eric Debra
I have surrounded myself with loving and supportive people. My Lyme friends are my second family. Without there love and support my path back to health would be much harder and so lonely.
I am lucky to have a caring Lyme family here in California and online.

Last week I was in New York City for the Turn the Corner 5th annual Unmask a Cure Gala fundraiser. There was a group of about 20 of us there who knew each other from Facebook. Most of us had never met in person. Meeting everyone for the first time was like Facebook come to life!

Hanging out with this group of people I’d never met before was not awkward at all. It was more like a family reunion than anything else. We ate meals together, explored New York, and stayed up late together all packed into a tiny hotel room.

The Gala itself was fantastic. So many interesting people to meet, great food (some was even gluten free), an auction to raise funds for TTC’s mission, awards and… they played the public service announcements that Lymenaide made for Turn the Corner this past May. It was pretty cool to see that up on the big screen!

It was all over too fast. There were so many people I wanted to spend time with.

I left with stronger bonds and closer friendships. I know that many of the friends I am making now will be friends for life. It is comforting to be a part of a large and caring family. As isolating as Lyme can be, I know that I am never alone.

I hope that next year will be even bigger and better. Actually I hope that I don’t have to wait a whole year to see my friends again!
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If you haven’t opened yourself up to becoming a part of the online Lyme community I recommend you do. I can say without a doubt that you will meet wonderful people who will understand you and be there for you if you ever need a shoulder to cry on, or someone to make you laugh. Don’t go it alone, this disease is too hard.

Turn the Corner’s mission
Turn the Corner is dedicated to the support of research, education, awareness and innovative treatments for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.
See more pictures of our time in New York together on the Lymenaide Facebook page- http://on.fb.me/dBoNxc

5 comments:

Alix said...

Ashley, I"m so impressed you could even make this trip. How awesome to have your PSAs featured and to meet all your online buddies in person. Kim and I want to go with you next year!

Kim said...

Ashley, so glad you're on this journey with me. Couldn't do it without the Lyme family. I'm hoping we can get all the SpiroChicks there next year!

Lyme is real said...

And I want to meet you there! How awesome that would be!!!

Ashley said...

I would love it if we were all there together!!!

Susanne said...

Ashley I'm so thankful you got to go! Each time I got the invite or email this twinge of desire to be there surged. Maybe next year ...