My name is Lauren. I am thirty years old and live in rural South Central Pennsylvania, where I have lived my entire life. My life is not a happy one. I have been chronically ill since 1998. There are times when I feel like my whole identity revolves around my health; days where I sit and wallow in my own self pity. There are then days when my perspective clears and I am able to see the blessings and gifts that I have been given. This blog isn’t about any particular topic. It is instead, a collection of my thoughts and struggles, as I strive for contentment with the life I have been given instead of the life I had imagined.