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Jul 14

July 14, 2016

Dear Husband, I wish you knew how strong you are.

Dear Husband, I wish you knew how strong you are

Dear Husband, I wish you knew how strong you are. I wish you could see yourself through my eyes. Every day I wake up and watch you defy odds. The way you live your life is so much more than popping a pill or taking a shot. I don’t know any other 10-year-old boy who has announced to his mother... Read more

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Jun 20

June 20, 2016

3 Tips For Loving Your Chronically Ill Spouse Well

3 Tips For Loving Your Chronically Ill Spouse Well

For most spouses, the thought of handling kiddie transportation, Thanksgiving dinner, and birthday parties solo would never cross their mind. But in the world of the spouse who cares for a chronically ill better half, such is the typical reality of day-to-day life. In fact, reconciling these dual and dueling worlds can prove incredibly challenging. Below are three tips that... Read more

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Jun 9

June 9, 2016

That Faithful Friend

Befriending those with rare and chronic illnesses is not for the faint of heart. Your job description—should you choose to accept it—will include: walking with us through the plentiful highs and lows, learning a new language (the language of our illness), grieving alongside us, possibly purchasing a medical dictionary, no longer pretending it’s all okay, and last (but not least)... Read more

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Mar 31

March 31, 2016

Our Journey Back: My Teenage Daughter’s Battle with Anxiety

She was only 16, but she was convinced she was having a heart attack. Although I assured her she was a healthy young woman and it was highly unlikely she had heart problems, she was terrified something was seriously wrong. From her repeated visits to online medical sites, a practice we had teased her about for years, she recognized all... Read more

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Mar 21

March 21, 2016

My Son Is Not Autism

I called my son over to the couch and asked him to sit with me.   “What did you need Mom? Are you writing a new post?” my son asked inquisitively.   I found myself getting nervous, “I wanted to write a post… about you.” “Me?! What is it about?” He now seemed to be bubbling with anticipation.   “I... Read more

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Mar 14

March 14, 2016

Dear New Autism Mama,

Dear New Autism Mama,   You’ve never met me, but I think we might know each other a little. If you come sit next to me for a bit, you’ll find we have something in common.   You see, I’ve been there.   It probably started with a funny feeling. I know that feeling. It almost feels like a little... Read more

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Feb 18

February 18, 2016

Can You Love Me Anyway?

Can you love me anyway? (Fighting to Stay Married While Your Spouse Fights to Stay Alive)   “It’s okay if you don’t understand if you don’t get it, but can you love me anyway?” ~the spouse who is ill   Marriage is hard. You knew that already, right? Actually, all of what I’m about to say is probably nothing new for... Read more

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Feb 8

February 8, 2016

What It’s Like To Be Married To The Chronically Ill

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Sometimes I wonder how we get through. Life, that is. How do we (my wife and I) get through a life that requires an all-star team, when half the team is on injured reserve? How do I—in my dual role as coach—also juggle team morale issues, logistical concerns and what to do about all... Read more

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Jan 13

January 13, 2016

Fighting With the Chronically Ill

Anita I remember the first time I heard about chronic illness. Although I didn’t fully understand what chronic illness was or had never even heard the term, my first memory of it was called fibromyalgia and it sunk teeth deep into my mother in law’s body. She was very energetic. She was accustomed and happy to do everything in and... Read more

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Dec 10

December 10, 2015

Grief is a Process

Grief is a process. There is no escaping it. Oh yes, there is delaying it. But that is not the same as avoiding it—it’s just a postponement. There’s really no delicate way to say this and so here it is: Grief sucks. She’s an ugly monster who tries to drown you, who humiliates you in the grocery store and at... Read more

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