October 01, 2020 2 min read

Lauren McDuffee has been following us on Instagram for a decent period of time. Today while going through posts we have been tagged in, I noticed this touching story. The caption read: "I’m feeling very thankful and blessed today than I do most days. These pictures show what you don’t see behind closed doors. They show struggle & weakness. They show me at my lowest point in life. Living with uncontrolled epilepsy has been nothing short of difficult. For 8 years, I was limited to what I would do because I lived in fear every day thinking that the next seizure could be the one that took my life. The past couple years, I stopped living in fear and letting it have control over my life & happiness. I love nothing more than being outdoors with a gun or a fishing rod in my hand and for the longest time, I stayed in my box where I felt safest. Sitting here looking at this picture brings tears to my eyes because this is who I AM. Epilepsy or seizures don’t define me, it strengthens me. It pushes me to do things I love and enjoy. It shows me that i’m 100% capable of doing what I want if I work hard for it. Epilepsy has flipped my world upside down. I’ve lost friends that I thought would be by my side for life. It’s brought heartache. It’s brought on depression & thoughts of suicide. It’s changed my life tremendously but changed it for the better because I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for epilepsy. So today, I’m thanking God for blessing me with this life he’s given me! I’m here to tell you that no matter what you’re struggling with, you ARE gonna get through it and you WILL be okay. You can do anything you set your mind to and don’t let anyone tell you differently!!"

I think it's so important to realize that many people fish and spend time outdoors for mental relief. TLO (The Love Of) the Outdoors can be caused for so many reasons. Those reasons may include providing food for your family or to simply be happy.

If you love the outdoors. Go join our TLO Fan Pics Group. We would love to hear your stories and see your photos. 

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