Chloe O’Neill, founder of the upstart organization More Than Lyme was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. It was on a road trip to Mendocino, California, during a visit to her grandparents” place in 2001/02 that she began to feel ill with a constant migraine, fever and serious fatigue. The symptoms persisted and the battle to discover what was wrong went on for many years with no answers. Finally, through O”Neill”s persistence and that of her parents, as well as a series of new tests, she was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
“People are drawn to beautiful pictures and inspiring stories of people who, despite life unpleasantries (in this case a chronic illness) continue to get outside and do what they love. My goal is to create a stronger connection between the wilderness community and the Lyme community, because really they go hand in hand.”
Chloe currently resides in Bend, Oregon, where she relocated from Seattle a year ago to be closer to nature. To get in touch with her, follow on Instagram at @morethanlyme, or contact her through her website at MoreThanLyme.org.