Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Kayla Potega, the owner, author, and operator of the healthy living website, The Eclectic Element, has been blogging for 5+ years, all of which started from a simple urge to be productive when she found herself bedbound for over 10 months due to her chronic Lyme Disease condition. Falling ill when she was just 14 years old in January of 2004, Kayla has been battling her Lyme condition, amongst other things, for going on 10+ long years of doctors, therapies, and treatments.

Figuring out early on that her body just couldn't handle traditional Western medications and treatments, Kayla and her mother Joanne sought a more natural and holistic approach to her condition which inevitably started the cascade of events that lead not only Kayla, but her whole family to seek out a healthier, happier lifestyle filled with natural and organic foods, an active lifestyle, more eco-friendly and green practices, homesteading adventures, and a healthy approach to life in general.

In her spare time Kayla also loves to create one of a kind pieces of upcycled jewelry keeping with the eco-friendly and green theme. Her work can be found on Etsy in both of her shops, The Eclectic Element: Handcrafted and The Eclectic Element: Vintage.

Thank you for checking out Kay's Adaptable Adventures! Currently I am fighting Chronic Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), and Endometriosis. I'm currently on Medicaid but it's still difficult to get the treatment, supplements, and the therapies I need, especially since most of what I do is natural and holistic; wherever I can get a little help, I will most certainly try! If you donate, your money will go towards helping me afford the things I need to maintain my healing journey. Thank you so much for your donations!


DRyan327 said...

Kayla: I love your blog...I read your profile and I am excited that you are exactly 2 months older than my daughter. I knew there was something about you that I liked. I love young people especially the 16-20 ages!! Donna~

Finaltouch said...

Wow Kayla! I just read your profile on your blog and I'm even more impressed with you now. I have a daugter that has Crohn's Disease, so I can sort of relate to your problem of LD. Neither one is good, that's for sure!
You seem pretty positive and that's good. You have a great shop on Etsy, and a great blog. Also, thank you so much for featuring me.


Amy said...

Hi, I read the featured blogger interview on 85 mph mom and knew this would be my type of blog - and you the type of person I'd want to know.

As for the Lyme disease, that must be difficult, although it was a long time coming, glad they diagnosed it and I hope you are able to get disability with no real problem. So did doctor's think you were gold bricking at first - making it all up - did they tell you to make sure you take your vitamins and eat well and exercise and you'd be fine?

I'm glad to read that even with such a difficult thing to deal with so young you find things to be positive about.

Amy said...

My google blogger is for contest entries - would be for reviews but not very tech savvy - but here is my myspace - haven't blogged for awhile but its where I keep some blog entries http://www.myspace.com/slipinthetimestream

and an older one

Unknown said...

Hey Kayla! - OK I just got around to reading about your LD-
As I mentioned in a previous comment my daughter got sick with LD when she was 3.5... We caught it VERY early... she went through 14 days antibiotic (don't remember the name of it) & the Dr. say she is as good as new...
I however think her immune system is lacking... she seems to catch whatever is going around (which wasn't the case before...)
Sorry this has gotten so long.. will search your blog for more about LD. Tressa

Missy said...

I found your blog from Lynn's interview today.

I am amazed at the maturity that you show for being only 19yrs old. I would have never guessed.

I know nothing about LD, except for the name. I cannot imagine living in pain every single day. I do know what it is like to know what is going on and have the doctors disagree with you.

midlifeslices said...

I came here from Oz Girl and felt a kinship immediately. My daughter (now 29) was FINALLY diagnosed with Lyme's disease after 3 years of being told she was crazy and it was all in her head. She's chronic and her bladder is pretty much destroyed and we call her the bionic woman because she's got the Interstem device, nearly every spare organ removed and she's constantly trying "the newest treatment". She works full time and raises 2 children and she's in pain constantly. She's my hero for enduring everything she has and continues to endure. I pray for a break through in Lyme's treatment and that more of the medical profession will stop writing off the symptoms as just something in your head and start doing their job and getting to the root of the problem BEFORE it's had time to do so much damage to a body. My prayers are with you.

Dee said...

no wonder we get along....I'm a Scorpio too!! great profile, enjoyed the read.

Unknown said...

I never really knew all that much about Lyme disease, other than it being a tick-borne illness, until now.