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Mar 26

March 26, 2017

The Five Most Fabulous Moments in France and England

The Five Most Fabulous Moments in France and England

The Side Eye– Meet Andrea. Andrea made my entire trip across the pond possible by opening her beautiful home up to me. She even sanitized everything for me prior to my arrival to minimize sickness and infection. She never stopped asking, “Do you have everything you need?” Upon my arrival, I found products for disinfecting on the shelf in my... Read more

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Mar 16

March 16, 2017

What Lent Taught Me About Chronic Illness

What Lent Taught Me About Chronic Illness

I grew up in a church that didn’t celebrate Lent. We were big on Christmas. BIG. Like, goody-bags-for-all-the-kids-and-real-animals-in-the-Christmas-pageant big. Lent was something my Catholic grandmother participated in, and to be honest, we all thought she was kinda weird. She’d fast and pray and take extra time after mass to kneel and light a candle. As a young girl, I couldn’t... Read more

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Mar 6

March 6, 2017

What to do when Chronic Illness Leaves You Feeling Lost, Alone, & Confused

What to do when Chronic Illness Leaves You Feeling Lost, Alone, & Confused

As a four-year-old girl, I once peed my pants while hiding inside a circular rounder of clothing at our local Wal-Mart store. Having been somehow separated from my mom for what felt like an eternity, I’d become increasingly afraid of all the unknowns around me. Everything felt foreign, menacing, and overwhelming. As time passed, the idea that I had been... Read more

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Feb 27

February 27, 2017

Love Is Blind and Fabulous

Love Is Blind and Fabulous

I’ve long since considered myself defective. I picture my body as something purchased from the bottom of a clearance bin at your local Dollar Store. Somewhat like the twenty-five-cent toy you buy your child as a form of bribery to get them quietly through the check-out line, knowing full well it will break into a thousand tiny pieces before it’s... Read more

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Feb 23

February 23, 2017

Twenty More Brunette Strands

Twenty More Brunette Strands {On Redefining Best}

Twenty more brunette strands. The white of the pillowcase was speaking an unwelcome truth. Though the official word was that this cocktail administered this time in this way probably wouldn’t cause the hair loss of rounds one or two….the proof was on the cotton percale.  Here we go again. Disappointment was knocking and once again would require emotional energy to answer.... Read more

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Feb 16

February 16, 2017

The Warrior’s Crown

The Warrior’s Crown

I’m a fighter.  At least, that’s what I’ve told myself over the years.  I fight in the sense that I won’t let you down or I will not buckle under the external pressures of life.  I will not be deterred.  I will do what needs to be done, what must be done.  But would that persona translate to battlefields of... Read more

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Jan 30

January 30, 2017

The Dangers of Love on the Wildwood Exit

The Dangers of Love on the Wildwood Exit

You hear a lot about happiness on your wedding day.   He just seems to make her so happy.   The bride was beaming with happiness.   I hope you two live happily ever after.   And whether she realizes it or not, every blushing bride prances down the aisle with her own vision of what her happily ever after... Read more

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Jan 26

January 26, 2017

Give Me Eyes to See in the Darkness

Give Me Eyes to See in the Darkness

My eye doctor was the happiest person I knew. As in unusually excited about his profession and life. So I wasn’t surprised when he proudly told me he had new technology he wanted to use. Retinal imaging provides never seen pictures of the back of the eye which aid in early detection of glaucoma or cataracts. I tried to be... 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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Jan 5

January 5, 2017

The One Who Comes to Steal

The One Who Comes to Steal

Have you ever fallen victim to a robbery? Perhaps while you were slumbering, one foot thrust outside of the covers and one resting peacefully within oblivious to the deafening sounds of your partner’s ear piercing snores, someone approached. A masked man shattered glass and your sense of safety all in one fell swoop. They ransacked your home in search of... Read more

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