Melissa Cox + Lipstick Warpaint
I first founded Lipstick Warpaint in 2014. I was many months into treating late-stage Lyme Disease (MSIDS/Complex Chronic Illness) and wanted to connect with a community of warriors - those fighting to reclaim their health and wellness from serious illness. I came up with the name "Lipstick Warpaint" because of my love for bold lips, strong voices, and courageous living.
As part of the Lipstick Warpaint community, I created #LymeDontKillMyVibe, a hashtag primarily used on Instagram (and products in my Etsy shop) to create positivity and awareness surrounding Lyme and associated conditions. While the hashtag and involvement grew and grew, I paused my writing on the blog, unclear of how I wanted to proceed. Quite honestly, I wasn't sure how I wanted to speak about my illness. Up until now, I've shared bits and pieces of my recovery on my Instagram.
As I've approached healing from a holistic viewpoint, I've truly been able to regain my footing with a more authentic idea of how to share my stories. It's now 2016, just a little over 2 years from when I first began the blog.
I am dedicated to sharing my journey authentically, providing as much of a resource as I can through my own personal experience, research, education, advocacy, and commitment to a holistic lifestyle.
My wish is to be a resource to empower others to step into wellness, while creating a safe place to share growth.
More About Melissa
I'm a writer, pisces, empath, dog lover, mostly residing in a small beach town off the Gulf Coast of Texas as I heal from complex chronic illness. I'm quite nomadic, and travel throughout Texas every few weeks stopping in Austin, with frequent visits to Seattle, Wa. I believe in the healing power of sharing stories, honest self-reflection, small adventures, connecting with nature, and mind-body-spirit medicine.
Lipstick Warpaint and all information presented on this site is intended to share my personal experience in recovering from my own chronic illness. Information presented is based on my personal journey working with my doctors (and a variety of other trained practitioners) and the knowledge I've acquired through personal research. As always, any medical decisions should be made only with the guidance of your own personal medical authority. This site is not intended as direct medical advice.