Lyme and a Coconut

chronic lyme disease with a taste of nut

About Lisa



It’s hard to write an “about me” page for a blog specifically talking about my chronic illness. On this blog, for example, I won’t be highlighting my poetry or teaching. I won’t be talking much about my family and I won’t be discussing deep theological thoughts (although all my writing will bring up my faith). Although the chronic lyme disease is not all that I am, having an “invisible illness” for so long can make you feel like that illness is the only identity you have.

But for the purposes of getting to know me, here are stats:

I’m 39 years old and a busy wife and stepmother to three kids – ages 18, 13, and 10. Home life is stressful, but there’s a lot of love there. Chronic stress is part of the illness story so it bears mentioning.

I have two books of poetry published (which you can learn more about on the “Lisa, etc…” page). They both are about things I am passionate about: Alzheimer’s disease and motherless mothers. The first book was born out of my time working at an assisted living facility and the second book was birthed out of the great pain felt when my mother died of lung cancer. It chronicles the journey from grief to hope and has been used in many ways to minister to a wide variety of people. I’m so proud of what God has done with that book.

I love teaching writing to all ages and enjoy focusing on healing through writing. Having always been fascinated by finding meaning in suffering, my heart blooms when I’m able to assist another person make sense of their pain through the written word.

A more detailed and “professional” biography can be found on my author page. 

I encourage anyone with questions about chronic lyme disease to always feel free to email me (see contact) but also take advantage of the “resource” page I will frequently update.

To the friends and family who visit this blog to hear about updates on my treatments, welcome and thank you. You have made all this support possible.

with love,



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