“When I had Lyme disease, for several years, my world shrunk.
“I lost friends who didn’t know how to deal with a sick friend. I was quite alone and lost a lot of my self-confidence.
“By travelling and interacting with the world around me, I found a new passion for life. I convinced myself to travel even when I wasn’t feeling well.
“It has brought me happiness, given me a purpose, and has made me a strong, independent woman,” she told Forbes.