For those of us who are 'LymeMom's' - we have a collective resilience, intelligence, warmth, sphere of influence, empathy, passion and courage - which I believe will be integral to meaningful change for not only our own precious children, but for all Lyme sufferers in Canada and worldwide. In the past few days I've heard from several LymeMom's who are working hard to advocate for their children and at the same time - in the very midst of their struggle, they are reaching out to help others.
I’ve always felt that when there is a pervasive atmosphere of suffocating darkness, hopelessness, apathy or denial – pitch black, and then one little candle is lit – everything changes. In the blink of an eye.
One tiny, courageous little beam of light – is very, very powerful. When that little resilient flicker is compounded by others, it becomes, stronger, more powerful, eye-catching and indeed the flicker quickly transitions into a powerful beacon.
As the flame burns brighter and stronger, the cold, numbing, isolating darkness is suddenly replaced by Hope, a warmth, a clearer vision, a path forward – perhaps a small path, a narrow, uneven path but never in history, has something historically important ever changed, with so much at stake, without the raw grit, determination and courage of the light carriers, the light seekers and the light followers – pioneers compelled by righteousness, indeed a call – willing to dare step onto the path where only a few have gone before.
And so, we go, we move forward together - for the sake of our children and future generations; cautious, optimistic, terrified, determined - we cheer each other on, we wipe each others tears, we advocate for others, for ourselves. We pick up the phone and say 'I am here for you, you are not alone'. We laugh, we weep, we push, we wipe away tears, we hug, we Hope. Because, we must. We will overcome and the Lyme Mom army will only continue to grow, unite, strengthen and multiply, until one day..we will triumph.
Sue Faber - LymeMom, Co-founder Lymehope