Today, I officially join MoreThanLyme.org as a Creative Director. Founder Chloe O'Neill and Co-Owner Aly Shwedo are two of the most inspiring, driven, and creative people I know -- and over the last year the two of them have become two of my very close friends. Like me, they have late-stage Lyme disease - a complex, chronic illness that isn't cured by conventional antibiotic therapy. Chloe started this movement to inspire a community while raising awareness of Lyme (neuroborreliosis) and other chronic illnesses through a mutual love for adventure, storytelling, and the outdoors.
"With each adventure taken, and each story told, we grow stronger as a community. Together, we are More Than Lyme."
I am so honored to be part of this community -- one that focuses on strength, hope, renewal, authenticity, and sharing our stories through healing and growth.
Yes, this complex chronic illness dramatically impacted our lives. But together, we are more.
#MoreThanLyme + #LymeDontKillMyVibe
It's about dang time we make this love affair official.
Melissa Cox, Creative Director
Home For 27 Years: Texas: North, South and Central. I grew up on a ranch in a small town in North Texas, spent six years in Austin for university + post-grad life, and now I (mostly) reside in Port Aransas, a little island town on the Gulf Coast.
What Fuels Me: Learning, exploring, natural medicine, writing, singing, my pups, meeting soul mates, and sharing life stories.
A Brief History: After graduating from the University of Texas, I started a music PR consultancy called Music Box Media. I worked with musicians and artistic clients from Austin, NYC, and Portland. While I’ll always be grateful for those years, my health crashed, and I had to move back with my family to heal. I’ve been holistically healing from chronic illness (Lyme disease + associated infections) for over two years. I’m really excited for my future, albeit cloudy at the moment, and plan to study alternative medicine so I can help people through their own physical and emotional struggles.
More Than Lyme: Chloe found me when she started the More than Lyme movement through Instagram. She bought one of my #LymeDontKillMyVibe tanks and we started chatting through IG. I instantly fell in love with the MTL mission, her adventures, and raw story-telling. I knew this was exactly the kind of community I’d been needing. Aly and Chloe are now two of my closest friends and I can't wait to create with them.