Sharon Stacy–Advice For Snowed-In Mountain Dwellers

Hi, Sharon, and welcome to the blog! Can you tell us your occupation?
Stay at home mom

How old are you and where do you live?
37, and Boone, North Carolina

Do you have a website or a blog?
No, but I’m thinking about it.

I’d encourage it. You have some great stories. Tell us the most interesting place you’ve visited?

Can you give us a highlight or two about visiting Fiji?
We stayed in a “bure” that sat on a rock outcropping above the water and the ocean breeze flowed through the room and every day it rained, and I remember how relaxing it was to spend every afternoon napping during the rainstorm, knowing it would pass soon and we could go exploring again. Every morning at breakfast I ate fresh papaya and when we left the staff would turn our shoes facing the door (you don’t wear shoes inside) so we could slip them on as we left. I thought that was the most thoughtful thing.

Thanks! Favorite meal?
Croissants and coffee

Pet peeve?
“Know it alls”

Favorite television show?
Shark Tank and Survivor

If people want to pray for you, they could pray for..?
Healing from Lyme disease

Can you share a little with us about your experience with Lyme disease?
I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in April of this year. Lyme is an enigma, wrapped in a mystery. I had been sick for seven months and doctors didn’t know what was going on. I thought I was having strokes or seizures. I could write a book on all of my symptoms, doctor visits, misdiagnosis, but I’ll spare you the details. I am thankful I finally found doctors who looked further beyond my symptoms to find the root cause of what was going on. Lyme disease is brutal, hard to diagnose and even harder to treat. Research is lacking and at this time there is no cure for chronic Lyme. Some doctors even debate that chronic Lyme exists. I feel like this is an epidemic that is about to blow up in this country. I am thankful to God for giving me the strength to keep going even when no one believed me. Right now I am four months into a 14-18 month treatment. I like sharing my story because I want to encourage others and spread awareness.

Are you married?
Yes, to Dusty for thirteen years

Any kids?
Four: Mia (nine) Ben (seven) Sam (three), Jonah (one)

Two dogs, Thile (fifteen) and Lucy (thirteen) .

How do you come up with “Thile” as a dog’s name?
Thile (Thee-lee) was named after Chris Thile of Nickel Creek. When I got her as a puppy they were my favorite band and I thought it would be cool to name my dog after the mandolin player who is a musical genius.

One thing many people don’t know you can do?
Take pictures

How did you get into photography?
I got into photography in high school because they offered a class. I naturally took to it and enjoyed spending my free time taking photos. I wanted to continue studying it in college but I was persuaded not to 🙂 Now it’s just a hobby.

Tell us some interesting things about yourself that aren’t already covered.
I live in the same town where I went to college and married a local. I love all forms of creative expression; photography, painting, writing, drawing…I have a Pilates Teacher Training Certification and hope to use it again in the future. I take about 40 pills a day to help boost my immune system and kill Lyme bacteria.

You’ve been in Boone for a while. What’s the best part about living there? What would you change about it if you could?
The best part of living in Boone is getting to enjoy the beauty of the mountains year round. If I could change anything about Boone it would be feeling like I’m trapped in the winter.

Tell us a little about Pilates?
When my husband and I didn’t think we would be able to have a family of our own I decided I wanted to change careers from marketing to Pilates. I liked Pilates and thought it was something I would enjoy doing every day. So I took a 500+ hour program at App State and in the middle of my training got pregnant with my first little miracle Mia. She was about six months old when I finished the program. When my second child was two years old I stopped teaching to be a full time stay at home mom. I still want to get my studio back up and running one day and venture into the health and wellness business. I have a passion to help people feel better.

Can I ask you to offer some advice to people who might have to live in mountain regions in the winter time?
I’ve heard the saying that in the mountains we pay for our summers with our winters. I’d have to say that is pretty true since I drove back to the mountains from the Piedmont today and the temperature changed from 98 to 82. Still warm, but not oppressive.

If you live in the mountains in the winter, it is wise to invest in quality winter clothing. Coats that go below the bottom are always a good choice. The wind can really rip through a poorly made winter coat and leave you wishing you had spent a little extra to get what you needed. And forget cute, no one is checking out your coat and boots when it’s in the teens outside with a windchill of below zero. Underneath those winter clothes, wear lots of layers because most businesses will be blasting the heat and you’ll go from freezing to melting as soon as you walk in the door.

As difficult as it may be, embrace the short days, and find joy in the season. Whether that be getting cozy under a blanket with a good book and a warm drink or sitting by the fire brushing up on your guitar skills. Those of you with small children, I’m sorry, winter is hard, it will pass. Get outside on any day that is above freezing; if it’s below freezing just make sure you cover your face. Go for walks, have friends over, play in the snow, and celebrate weird holidays (Happy National Popcorn Day anyone?) My family likes to plan a vacation in the winter because it gives us something to look forward to and gets us out of the cold for a while. And my last piece of advice for surviving a mountain winter is to get a good snow blower for your driveway!

Sharon, thanks much for sharing some of your story with us. May your children and your family be blessed, and may the Lyme disease journey come to an end soon.