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Hey, I’m Emily, and I am so glad you’re here!

People living with and fighting chronic illnesses are warriors.

They are some of the most disciplined people I have ever met. They know what they need and work with everything in them to get it, even when their body fails them over and over again.

As determined as those living with chronic illnesses may be, they are also misunderstood by the world around them. 

Why are they always tired? Why don’t they socialize like they used to? Why are they such picky eaters?

What those around them may not understand is that these chronic illness warriors would give almost anything to have energy again, to be fun around people, and to go out for a slice of pizza instead of sticking to their regimented diet.

The chronically ill are forced to live their lives differently than the average healthy person, with the hope that these lifestyle choices will benefit them in the long-run and give them sustained energy to enjoy the time they have right now.

The life of a chronically ill person can be a lonely one.

If this is you – if you are suffering from a chronic illness – then I want you to know that you are not alone. 

This blog is for you. It’s a place where you can come, feel understood, and find hope to get you through your most difficult days.

Please know that you’re seen. You’re heard. And you’re loved.


What You Can Expect Here:

I write here on the blog about finding hope amidst chronic illness. As a Lyme Disease patient myself, I am continually learning what it means to trust God during our hardest moments. You can expect to find posts about faith, chronic illness, and what it means to live fully reliant on God.


Free Resources:

I’d love to give you a free copy of my short eBook Finding Hope Through the Fog.

We can also connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


A Little More About Me:

heart-3 My name is Emily (Lofgren) Ryan and I’m a twenty-something native Iowan.

heart-3 I believe in serving humbly, exploring the world, and loving with my whole heart.

heart-3 After growing up thinking I was a Christian, I finally met Jesus when I was 18. I can still remember how I felt that evening in a campus worship service where we sang Lifehouse’s “Everything” and Todd Agnew’s “Grace Like Rain,” before hearing a message about Christ already paying for my sin. I realized for the first time that my sin was just as bad as anyone else’s and that I didn’t have to first clean myself up to come to Christ. My whole world changed as I learned what a real relationship with Christ meant.

heart-3 My husband Jonathan is my best friend and a true partner. He spurs me on to place my hope in Christ. Jonathan’s example of loving and serving the local church has been instrumental in my walk with the Lord.

heart-3 I’m a graduate of Drake University’s School of Journalism, where I studied Public Relations.

heart-3 In 2016, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and co-infections and am constantly learning what it means to trust God to meet my daily needs as I endure chronic illness.

heart-3 Always being up for adventure, I spent a total of a year and a half teaching English in China.

heart-3 Cuddling up with a blanket, a warm mug of lemon water, and a good book is a recipe for my ideal afternoon.

heart-3 Words ignite me. Reading and writing make me so happy!

heart-3 I enjoy simple things like sipping tea, laughing at bad jokes, randomly bursting into song, and eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (Well, not anymore…thank you, food intolerances from Lyme!).

heart-3 God keeps impressing on my heart the need to share with others that life is about more than what we can see here and now on earth. He has a higher purpose and calling for each one of us. Join with me in exploring what it means to encounter life – a real, true life that is only found through following Jesus!

heart-3 Stories get me excited.