|Elizabeth Edwards with Silicon Valley Mom Bloggers, 2007|
Once we were both in Camp Lyme, we wanted a place like Silicon Valley Moms Blog where many authors could share their personal journeys with Lyme disease. We modeled SpiroChicks after that blog and began inviting other authors. We were far from experts, so we decided we would focus on the hardships and humor of living with Lyme disease.
The name SpiroChicks is derived from the name of the infectious organism in Lyme, the spiral-shaped bacteria called a spirochete. Chicks needs no other explanation, but Alix was thinking of her late mom, a pioneer in wind energy who was responsible for forcing Colorado's utility to build the first wind farms in the state. That's not a non-sequiter. Alix's mom referred to herself as a Wind Chick. So the word chick felt right, and it blended well with spirochete. We are also fond of neologisms since the URLs always just happen to be available.
As of 2014, we and our writers are more infrequent in posting articles at SpiroChicks, but we are more active than ever in our offline lives. Alix and Kim are substantially recovered, as are many of our other writers. Some of our writers are not yet recovered and we think of them every day.
Alix, who also publishes the award-winning blog Med Nauseam, is co-authoring an academic book about Lyme disease. Kim is the publisher of the popular blog Gratitude 365, and is pursuing fiction writing.