My name is Rachel and I’m 25 years old. I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease when I was 13 and I spent most of my teens in a (lime green!) wheelchair. I was in constant pain, and had a whole bunch of other symptoms to make life a little more interesting. After years of treatment, I was able to walk again, and have more and more days without pain. Things were pretty good for a while–then I started college in a building that had toxic black mold. After that, everything in my body went crazy and I ended up going down the path that I’m on now–detoxing from mold.

Dealing with toxic mold exposure is a full-time job. It’s slower than one can possibly imagine, and it’s harder than anything I’ve ever done before. That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to start this blog–to be able to share my experience with others who are going through Lyme and mold, and maybe it can give hope to someone who is currently going through the worst of it.

In the summer of 2016 I wrote a guest blog for Paradigm Change, which goes into detail about my recovery from both Lyme and mold. It’s a pretty good summary of my life this past decade. You can read that here.