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May 1

May 1, 2017

5 Signs You’re Stronger Than You Think

5 Signs You’re Stronger Than You Think

You’re still here. There’s been ample opportunity to call it, to throw in the towel, declare it all “too much,” and yet you don’t. Every day your feet hit the floor, and you go at it again. Oh, I’m sure you make plenty of morbid jokes about quitting, changing your name, your job, your identity and moving to Guam, but... Read more

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Apr 17

April 17, 2017

When It Feels like the Whole World Is Clueless

When It Feels like the Whole World Is Clueless

When I was young and brave or stupid, you decide, I flew to Dallas for Thanksgiving to visit family just as I transitioned into my second trimester of pregnancy. It was my first, and I was violently ill most of the time. If memory serves me correctly, I was twenty-one years old, sixteen weeks pregnant and signed up for a... Read more

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Apr 10

April 10, 2017

When Chronic Illness Leaves You in the Darkness

When Chronic Illness Leaves You in the Darkness

One minute you sit within the light. Comfort and companionship surround you. Perhaps, it’s a Friday night tradition, hosting dinner at your house, your closest friends laughing and dining together. The climate of the room adds to the perfection of the night. It’s cool, but not too cool, a welcome reprieve from the punishing heat outside. The food and fellowship... Read more

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Apr 6

April 6, 2017

What You Can Do Right Now to Feel Better-{The Gratitude Journal}

What You Can Do Right Now to Feel Better

Dealing with a chronic illness is not easy. Instead, it is something that is hard to cope with and understand. With an illness, people sometimes get stuck in the past. They start thinking about getting back to their previous lives or wish they were just ‘normal’ again. Alternatively, people will start to future trip or worry extensively. However, what happens,... Read more

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Apr 3

April 3, 2017

The Beauty of the Story Your Life Is Telling

The Beauty of the Story Your Life Is Telling

My oldest offspring is seventeen, at the cusp of adulthood. He has strong passions and gifting’s, an uncanny ability to cultivate puns and an emotional maturity, which still catches me off guard with frightening regularity. Perhaps, it is because the man he’ll soon be now stands before me with far more frequency than the boy he once was. Scarier still,... 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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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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