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May 22

May 22, 2017

When the Greatest Challenge Is Believing for More

When the Greatest Challenge Is Believing for More

There’s a verse in scripture where a man cries out, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief!” This broken man is in tears as his soul cries out. Desperately, he wants to believe all things are possible. He wants to believe for more. He doesn’t want to be held captive by fear. Yet, his pain is so real. Perhaps, it’s more... 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 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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Nov 6

November 6, 2016

How to Cultivate Gratitude in the Midst of Hardship

How to Cultivate Gratitude in the Midst of Hardship

2012 was that year.  The Murphey’s Law year.  Everything that could go wrong did, and it took everything we had to survive it…literally. It was the third year of my son’s leukemia treatment, the total duration of which lasted over 3 years.  Additionally, I started out the year with mono and thyroid failure, which I attribute to the enormous stress of parenting... Read more

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Aug 25

August 25, 2016

Coping with the Ugliness of Chronic Illness

Coping with the Ugliness of Chronic Illness

When I look in the mirror I see scars from where doctors cut into my neck for countless heart tests and procedures. I see a stubborn double-chin from prednisone that just won’t go away. I see irritated eyes from fatigue, even though I slept for at least ten hours last night. I see dry skin screaming for moisture because that... Read more

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Aug 11

August 11, 2016

Licking the (Yummy) Filling of an Oreo Sandwich Cookie

Licking the (Yummy) Filling of an Oreo Sandwich Cookie

Out of all that happened this past week, three things stand out: 1) I had to take my car into the repair shop for the nth time this month, due to the inadvisability of driving with the engine light on, 2) My husband and I watched a gorgeous sunset (from our kayaks) across a beautiful little private lake during our... Read more

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Jul 21

July 21, 2016

6 Chronic Illness Warriors I Admire

Dear Younger Me When I Was Healthy…

Dear Kelly, This is me, your future self. You are about to embark on a journey that you never planned and life is going to get very hard. I want you to stop focusing on yourself and living as the world tells you to live. I want you to make sure that you pray to G-d every day for everything because... Read more

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Jun 23

June 23, 2016

Anniversary of a Diagnosis

Anniversary of a Diagnosis

I’m struggling. Do I write about the upcoming date, or do I let it pass? Do I talk about this day – this huge day in my personal history, or do I let it sit under the proverbial leaden rock in the back of my mind?  Should I just coast through the day, and into tomorrow? Reflection has led me... Read more

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Apr 25

April 25, 2016

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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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Apr 21

April 21, 2016

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Improbability Anxiety

I’m a worst scenario kind of gal. I wasn’t always this way. I used to be laid back, go with the flow, light hearted even. Having lead an easy, healthy, almost charmed life. What did I have to fear? But, becoming a parent and subsequently having a sick child began to chip away at my resolve. It conditioned me to... Read more

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