An encouraging story of healing and transformation

Emily joyfully shares her story of healing from Lyme in the spirit of helping other people find the understanding, advocacy, encouragement, and support they need for their own healing. In the Lyme-Light: Portraits of Illness and Healing, began as a private attempt to convey the symptoms of Lyme disease and the journey of healing from it. The paintings and writing became a public educational exhibit in 2010. This was published as a 7" x 11" book in 2011.

This new edition, In the Lyme-Light II, includes the revised and updated story from the first book, plus nine new chapters, Further Reflections on Healing. The original twenty-eight paintings are joined by nine new works of art, all printed larger and brighter to convey the experience of viewing them in a gallery, as was originally intended.


Praise for In the Lyme-Light ll: Portraits of Illness and Healing :

“Emily has the rare ability to infuse her work with both lyricism and wisdom. “Lyme Light” brings truth and beauty to us in visual paintings and written words. The Lyme disease journey to recovery is not for the faint of heart, but a pilgrimage much like the ancient monks walked in ages past. These pages speak to us all; honoring the courage, grace and ability to rebirth we all bear. Namaste.”

— Katina I. Makris,CCH, CIH Author Out of the Woods, Lyme Light Radio host


“My first reactions to In the Lyme-Light were surprise, recognition, and gratitude. I hope that readers will share this book with as many people as possible, not only to heighten awareness and understanding for those who live with Lyme, but also because prevention is one of the best weapons we have in fighting what is currently a losing battle against the growing epidemic of Lyme. I believe that this book will contribute to the growing literature on Lyme disease, not only as an artistic statement, but also as a medium that may open peoples’ eyes and hearts to the inner world of those who are experiencing a life-changing illness. I just want to thank Emily for sharing her extraordinary book with me.”

— Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D., Lyme survivor, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, New York Medical College, Co-author of How to Use Herbs, Nutrients and Yoga in Mental Health Care


“Your work, your journey, your insights, spoke to me on many different levels. It made me think, and forced some much needed growth. So first and foremost, I want to say Thank You. It is a piece of art. Truly. Well written, incredibly descriptive, and spoken with a voice that is somehow a seamless blend of teacher/student, healer/patient.”

— Dr. Blake Rosso, D.C., Lyme survivor


“Your book is truly a prized addition to my bookshelf. Your words seem effortless and yet communicate a story so large and deep and complex. Thank you so much for writing and illustrating with such clarity and heart. This will increasingly become an inspiration to a growing generation of suffering Lyme patients.”

— Tom Stewart, artist, recovering from Lyme


“Emily Bracale is yet another casualty of the lack of public education regarding tick borne disease complex, but as an accomplished artist she has found a brilliant way to convey some of the unspeakable difficulties many patients with persistent Lyme disease go through.”

— Constance “Happy” Dickey, R.N., Lyme survivor, Board of Directors MaineLyme, Formerly on Board of Directors of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society)


Emily Bracale is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and College of the Atlantic, with a B.A. in Human Ecology. Her visual arts training began in early childhood from a clan of three generations of women artists and art teachers. She has taught and supported the creativity of thousands of students from preschool through the college level, in private and public schools, summer camps, and independently. She has held many solo art exhibits with an educational twist, most notably cultural travel sketches and paintings in “Visions of the World” and the “Lyme-Light” collection. Many of her watercolor landscapes and seascapes are in private collections in the US and abroad. She lives with her family in Bar Harbor, Maine.