Posts By: Stacey Philpot

Sep 14

September 14, 2017

How I found Gratitude After a Severe Foot Injury

How I Found Gratitude After a Severe Foot Injury

Editor’s Note: If you’ve experienced suicidal thoughts, sexual abuse or assault, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741 and the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. It is borderline grotesque: toes that flop without purpose and ugly scars that leave my sandal collection to gather dust. Yet, I am... Read more

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Sep 7

September 7, 2017

CONFESSION: MY FRAGILE SHELL IS ABOUT TO BREAK

You think I’m strong. You think I’m brave. You think that I can weather any storm. Life’s thrown me some pretty tough curve balls, and from your perspective, I’ve knocked them out of the park. You see me smile despite heartache, and you watch me push forward while the ground collapses underneath. You hear me laugh when I should cry,... Read more

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Aug 31

August 31, 2017

How to Clean up the Mess in Between Illness Storms

How to Clean up the Mess in Between Illness Storms

“Now, what?” I asked myself a few months ago. After years, consisting of very long days, of family struggles with mental and medical conditions, the season began to change. At first, I dared not believe it. So many times, there had been brief glimpses of light as we forged through the darkness.  But, those moments seemed to fade quickly. Once... Read more

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Aug 28

August 28, 2017

Rest and Care, Not Rejected Over Something As Silly As Hair

Rest and Care, Not Rejected Over Something As Silly As Hair

Over the last few weeks, my hair has been falling out at a steady and somewhat alarming rate. I posted about it on one of my social media accounts, saying, “It’s part of what happens during flares. It’s hard to say how many years it’s been happening on and off, or how many years I sought out physicians in an... Read more

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Aug 24

August 24, 2017

The Words That Try To Take My Life Away

The Words That Take My Life Away

Failure Loser Incapable Unwanted Unworthy Words my mental illness plants in my brain. They sneak in under the cover of dark, rearing their ugly heads when I least expect it. Defences down, I am bowled over by the intensity and severity of the words. I do my best to fight. I do positive self talk and affirmations. I stay away... Read more

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Aug 22

August 22, 2017

ut Seriously, Stop Kissing Me

But Seriously, Stop Kissing Me

My husband has an immune system made of steel. I’ve often wondered if he has a stash of kryptonite hidden underneath the bed he isn’t telling me about. A few years ago, when little red dots appeared first on the tips of my fingers and then journeyed up my palms, I told myself I was having a reaction to all... Read more

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Aug 17

August 17, 2017

3 Things I Want You to Remember on Bad Days

3 Things I Want You to Remember on Bad Days

Just when we think we might be getting a handle on things, our latest diagnosis or setback, we find ourselves reeling. Be it a flare, a concerned call from the doctor, a flagged set of numbers in our weekly blood work, or a day when the pain is seemingly unbearable, it can be hard to remember things might ever be... Read more

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Aug 14

August 14, 2017

How I Learned the Simple Life Lesson of Pause and Perspective

How I Learned the Simple Life Lesson of Pause and Perspective

When I first met my neighbor Josie (who I nick-named ‘Trouble”) she was a feisty, kick-butt go get ’em kind of gal who ran circles around  women 20 years her junior.  She was a gourmet cook, an adjunct college professor and an all-around real-life know-it-all. For some reason she took a liking to me and chose to fit me into her... Read more

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Aug 10

August 10, 2017

How to Find the Light When It All Goes Dark

How to Find the Light When It All Goes Dark

Today started out on an aggravating note. The repair guy at the house there to fix some damage from our lightning strike showed up late, causing me to run late for a meeting with an editor. My head has hurt for days, and it decided to pick today to amp up the pain to ten. There were some troubles with... Read more

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Aug 7

August 7, 2017

To the Ones Who Let Us Scream It Out When the Bottom Drops Out

To the Ones Who Let Us Scream It Out When the Bottom Drops Out

This week I stood on a wooden platform. Sweaty, eager, teenagers in cut off shorts holding souvenir cups surrounded me. The soundtrack, a cacophony of nervous chatter about what might happen should the coaster become stuck or spontaneously fall apart and the click-click-clack sound of the coaster slowly rising followed by the thrilled screams of riders. My stepdaughter and I... Read more

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