Saying Goodbye to Lilac and Lyme

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Saying Goodbye

My dear readers it is with a sad heart that I must write this short note to you all. I have appreciated getting to know each and every one of you. 

I am dropping in to give you an update as I have been largely silent over the past month. My life has literally been turned upside down by surgery and complications with my heart and health since. Most days I am left speechless by the lack of energy and health issues that continue to plague me. I am beginning a new protocol for Lyme treatment and my doctor is urging me to try Ozone therapy as well. With all of this said, I  have some decisions to make. I have to take care of myself. 

It has been my great joy to write Lilac and Lyme blog this past year.

However my health continues to steadily decline and I am truly unable to continue writing at the constant pace that I have kept up since this past October. The past 9 months have been a whirlwind of activity. I am so grateful to all of my fellow Lyme warriors and new fibro friends that I have ‘met’ through my writing. You have all encouraged me beyond measure.

Writing of some of my deepest struggles has been a real lesson for me. It has aimed a light at the darkest corners of my life and made me realize that I need to take unlimited time for myself.

I have decided that during the next few months,  I will work to close the blog here at  I am giving myself some extra time before I make this big step away from all that I have worked so hard to build here on my blog. Lilac and Lyme has grown into so much more than I ever dreamed it would or even could! While it brings me great joy to write, I do not want to blog to my own detriment. I will truly miss sharing my heart with you all. Closing a blog is a bit like tearing down a house. You don’t realize how much work and how many steps were taken until you go to disassemble it bit by little bit.

Please know this is not yet goodbye. While I will not be writing any more new posts, the past posts will remain up for several more months until I tie up loose ends here. I am simply updating you on what is going on in my life. I didn’t want to leave you, my dear readers hanging. 

Where You Can Find Me

While I do plan to close the blog, I plan to keep my Twitter feed, Instagram and Facebook page open. I would hate to lose the treasured friendships that I have formed through blogging. You all mean so much to me. Instagram is where I will probably be the most active as it takes the least amount of energy and health to maintain. I look forward to this new chapter of healing in my life and I wish you all the best on your journey to health, healing and happiness.

I want to send the BIGGEST of thank yous to you my dear readers. A blog is just writing until there is someone to read it. You have made this experience special for me. I have learned so much.

Until we meet again, take care and be well, 

10 Responses to Saying Goodbye to Lilac and Lyme

  1. Rebecca says:

    Prayers for you. Thank you for so eloquently saying what so many of us experience and feel. God bless with you improvements.

  2. Donna says:

    I will miss your blog and I’m sad to see it go but I completely understand and commend you for putting your health first. I hope the next few months bring positive changes for you as you navigate your way through new treatments. Sending love and healing thoughts.

  3. Shelly says:

    So sorry to hear that you are discontinuing the blog. My deepest heartfelt prayers are with you. Thank you for all that you have sown into each of our lives. May God bless you with healing, wholeness, soundness and peace throughout your journey of healing. Please know that you are truly a blessing. I wish you much success in all that you endeavor to do.

  4. Prayers are with you, sweet friend. I too am saddened you will be closing your blog. Your beautiful writing will be missed by me and all of your readers. Your health and wellbeing must come first. Added stress and pressure has no place in a true healing journey. I have battled with this consideration myself. God Bless you, Valerie. Our friendship will continue to grow through other means of communication. Please, PLEASE take care of you. I am praying for your healing and strength – always.
    Hugs and love – Terry
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  5. Sorry to see you go. Ozone IV MAH has been the best therapy for me. I’m thinking of getting my own machine to do sauna and other things at home. Good luck!

  6. Laurie M. Gagne says:

    Even though your readers will miss you I believe that taking care of oneself is paramount in the life of illness. As I am new to your blog it still has given me encouragement and hope. I will be praying for you continually.
    I am hoping to soon start a blog of my own, Lollipops & Rainbows, on word I may also do a Facebook page. Please stop by when you can.
    Illness can be isolating and lonesome at times. Knowing others care and are going through illness also makes one feel part of a group. Not necessarily the group we would chose but one we can identify with.
    Take good care of yourself and rest in God’s loving arms.

  7. Jenni says:

    Oh I just discovered your blog…I will have to hurry up and read before you shut it down, won’t I? I do know that taking care of yourself is so important, and you need to do what is best for yourself. God bless you! I liked your facebook page too.

  8. Beverley says:

    I am so sorry to hear that your health has forced you to make this decision, however I think you are incredibly brave to step away and I hope you can start to feel better without the blog putting pressure on you. Sending you lots of love and luck as you carry on fighting xxx

  9. Debra Ponte says:

    oh so sad!I will miss the updates. I have had Chronic Lyme since first bite 1994 and 7 times since that I know of.You must fight and stay w/positive people around u and positive thoughts. In SEPT. a book comes out by Yolanda Hadid Foster-got Lyme lost her marriage-in bead a lot traveled for care.Look on Good luck ur in my prayers.

  10. Lynn says:

    Oh, Valerie! I admire you so much for sharing what you know, so that you can help others. Love and hugs and prayers for you. I totally understand that you need to care for yourself. You are doing the right things. I love you, Lynn
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