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Jul 18

July 18, 2016

How Chronic Illness Changes Our Perspective

How Chronic Illness Changes Our Perspective

We spend our days, our years perhaps, searching for answers, for a word that explains what’s happening in our bodies or the body of our child, our sister, our mother, our partner. We believe, we hope, we long for the word to come and bring with it perimeters, a treatment plan, hope. Surely, if someone can tell us what’s wrong,... Read more

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Apr 27

April 27, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About Lyme Disease

Most of what I know about Lyme I learned one of three ways: Watching Under Our Skin: The Untold Story of Lyme Disease Speaking with my Lyme Literate Physicians (LLMD) and other patients within online support groups. Living my life with Lyme disease I watched Under Our Skin for the first time while sprawled out on an oddly-shaped recliner tilted... Read more

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Apr 25

April 25, 2016

Defeating the Monster of Depression

In light of recent celebrity news, many people have weighed-in on depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Jamie at The Very Worst Missionary re-posted her “Jesus or Zoloft” blog. Brant (former Air 1 DJ) re-posted “Is Jesus Enough?” Ann Voskamp – who’s book 1,000 Gifts encourages readers to count their blessings – shared her struggle. And they aren’t the only ones. Seems like everyone is... Read more

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Mar 24

March 24, 2016

The Good Doctor

Before I went in, I decided not to bring the entire laundry list of things that I’ve noticed or been worried about over the last decade or so. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve had a primary care physician. It’s been hard for me to know what is worth seeking medical attention for. If I just slept more, would... 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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Mar 10

March 10, 2016

God Saw This Day

For most of us, life exists in the before and after. Before the call and after, before the doctor ushered us from the room and gave us the news and after before the ultrasound silenced the room with it’s stillness and after, before the text from the other woman came across his phone and after, before the crash of metal and... Read more

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Mar 7

March 7, 2016

I Know More Than You Do

I really appreciate doctors. They are active scientists, trying to discern what is really going on in the complexity of the human body. They spent many years getting educated in this area and genuinely want to help and solve problems. They also (the best ones) have learned how to be comforters and supporters. One of my best friends is a... Read more

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Mar 3

March 3, 2016

That Time I Blurted Out My Secret

My mouth tends to get me in trouble. Perhaps it’s a snarky comment that escapes before my brain engages, or it’s my warped sense of humor that maybe only one or two people on the planet understand. But there was a day that my mouth said something that shocked even me, in that short brief moment, a revelation was sparked.... Read more

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Feb 22

February 22, 2016

How I (almost) Missed The Fight

If I told you how many medical professionals I interact with on some level over the course of an average month, you’d probably spit your coffee out. And since I’m a nice girl who doesn’t want you to have to do that, I’m going to keep it vague. But let’s just say that if going to the doctor was a... Read more

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Feb 11

February 11, 2016

How I Fought To Be A Better Mom

I know everyone thinks their kid is the best, I do. But if you just knew my oldest, I’m certain you’d agree.   He’s such a ridiculously good kid.   This is not something I feel I can take much credit for, as the fiber of Hayden’s being has always been inherently good.   He delights in celebrating people, loving extravagantly,... Read more

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