Viewing: Chronic illness and relationships

Jun 8

June 8, 2017

Is It Invisible Illness or Not Willing to Be Understood Illness?

Is It Invisible Illness or Not Willing to Be Understood Illness?

By now you’ve probably figured out I’m “sick.” I have issues with that statement for two major reasons. One, to me the word sick has always seemed so temporary. There needs to be a better, stronger word for what I am. But yes, I guess I am sick. I guess I know it. Grumble, grumble, grumble. Two, I don’t want... Read more

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May 18

May 18, 2017

To the Most Beautiful Woman I've Ever Seen: Love Doesn't End Here

To the Most Beautiful Woman I’ve Ever Seen: Love Doesn’t End Here

You stood in front of me in your brown velvet tracksuit as you embraced your daughter one last time. Your eyes brimmed with glassy tears as you turned to me and said, ”She almost died last year. She’s still having symptoms. Keep in in your prayers, will you?” I told you we could pray right then if you’d like, but... Read more

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Apr 27

April 27, 2017

Fighting For Marriage When Chronic Illness is Present

Today, Ryan and I went live to talk about what fighting for marriage when chronic illness is present looks like for us. You can check it out here. Share on Tumblr... Read more

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Mar 30

March 30, 2017

But I Want What You Have- the Compassion Quandary

But I Want What You Have- the Compassion Quandary

MS, TN & chronic migraines cause me a wide variety of symptoms. Like, I could be here all day listing them. Among my symptoms are: numbness, tingling, facial pain, muscle spasms, limb weakness, dizziness and fainting. This is every day. As in multiple parts of my body can have all kinds of chaos going on, all at once, even. Try... Read more

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Jan 23

January 23, 2017

Sickness Is Your Superpower

Sickness Is Your Superpower

You drink in the warmth of the sun on your skin, your hair dancing in the breeze, the sound of children laughing in the background. Somewhere, someone is grilling steaks for dinner. The scent is nothing less than glorious and today, you are in love with life. Yes, your joints are just as swollen as they were yesterday and your... Read more

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Oct 10

October 10, 2016

That Time I Gained a Few Thousand New Friends

That Time I Gained a Few Thousand New Friends

Last week, a blog post I wrote ran on a site called Her View From Home. As a result, I gained a few thousand new friends here on our blog. Many of my new friends sent me precious messages of support and encouragement, which reduced me to a puddle of tears. I will treasure them forever. (the messages, not the... Read more

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Sep 29

September 29, 2016

What Loving the Chronically Ill Has Taught Me

What Loving the Chronically Ill Has Taught Me

My experience with doctors and hospitals has been limited to childbirth and broken fingers, literally. So when you talk medical jargon, insurance terms, and chronic illness, I understand nothing! But just a few short years ago, I was introduced to an amazing lady. Unbeknownst to me she was in the beginning stages of being diagnosed with “chronic illness” and about... Read more

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Sep 8

September 8, 2016

How to Maintain Deep Friendships in the Midst of Chronic Illness

How to Maintain Deep Friendships in the Midst of Chronic Illness

We’ve all seen and/or experienced it. Chronic illness seems to rob us of some of our most treasured friendships. Maybe we simply lack the time to nurture those relationships or that particular friend loses interest in what’s quickly become a complicated and taxing relationship. How do we maintain lasting, meaningful friendships in the midst of chronic illness? Today, my dear... Read more

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Aug 9

August 9, 2016

5 Things the Chronically Ill Want “Healthy People” to Know

5 Things the Chronically Ill Want “Healthy People” to Know

Sometimes, the gap between us can feel insurmountable. Maybe we’ve become so immersed in our world of sickness and symptoms we can’t remember what it’s like to be healthy. We stare at you with curiosity and wonder like you’re an unknown species. Maybe you feel the same. You want to understand the chronically ill in your world, but they feel... Read more

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Jul 25

July 25, 2016

Significance and Relationship, Knowing You Matter

Significance and Relationship, Knowing You Matter

As a young girl, I engaged in every variety of romantic future telling. If you could write the name of a cute boy, a house, a number of children and then fold a paper until it successfully predicted your future, I had done it at least a thousand times. In fact, I’d probably set up a profitable business in my... Read more

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