Signe Jensen’s Lyme Hack

Signe Jensen

Lyme Disease Tip Summary:

Signe Jensen shares a transformative realization in her journey with Lyme disease for our Lyme Hackathon, focusing on the crucial distinction between acceptance and resignation:

  1. Understanding Acceptance vs. Giving Up: Signe highlights that accepting limitations imposed by Lyme disease is not a form of surrender but an act of self-love and an essential part of the healing process. This realization helped her overcome the frustration of not being able to engage in certain activities.
  2. Balancing Acceptance and Recovery: She discusses the importance of finding a balance between accepting the illness and actively working towards recovery. This balance involves acknowledging current limitations while maintaining hope and efforts toward improving health.
  3. Mental and Physical Healing: Signe emphasizes that while much focus is often placed on alleviating physical symptoms, it’s equally important to address the mental healing process. Recognizing and nurturing this aspect can significantly impact overall recovery.
  4. Temporary Sacrifices for Long-term Health: She reassures that giving up certain activities due to health constraints does not mean these are lost forever. Instead, it’s a strategic decision to prioritize healing and recovery in the present, setting the stage for a stronger return to those activities in the future.

Signe’s approach to managing Lyme disease underscores the importance of mental resilience and self-compassion in the face of chronic illness. By embracing acceptance as a strength rather than a weakness, individuals can foster a more supportive and effective recovery environment.

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Video Transcript:
“Hi, my name is Signe and this is my Lyme Hack. One thing that I wish I realized sooner is that accepting your illness is not the same as giving up. I have often felt really frustrated when I had to stop doing certain things because of my illness because it gave me this feeling that the illness was winning. But now I realize that accepting that you’re not able to do certain things, is actually a sign of self-love. And it’s a really important step in the healing journey. I think that many of us have a tendency to focus on remediating the physical symptoms and we kind of forget that there’s also a mental healing process that we need to consider. And working on finding the right balance between on one hand accepting the illness, and on the other hand, working to recover from the illness is something that has helped me a lot. Especially realizing that just because you’re giving up certain things right now, it doesn’t mean that you’re giving them up forever. It just means that right now you are focusing on your healing journey, which is a really important step in the recovery. Bye.” – Signe Jensen