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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 20

February 20, 2017

What Do You Treasure Most?

What Do You Treasure Most?

“What do you treasure most?” This was the question gingerly tossed out among friends. A smirk crossed my face as I listened to the first answer. Ah, young love. Surely, only it could drive a grown man to invest hours in hand painting a heart-covered teapot for his love? Then a full on smile broke out, such beauty. Yes, I... Read more

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Feb 16

February 16, 2017

The Warrior’s Crown

The Warrior’s Crown

Fight 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... Read more

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Nov 28

November 28, 2016

People-The Problem AND the Solution

People: The Problem AND The Solution

That’s me in front, on my 3rd birthday. With me are my brothers Mike and Gary, and uncle Todd in the middle. Todd was more like a brother, as he was only a year older than Mike and spent lots of time with us. I am the lone survivor from this picture. (Cheerful post, right? Hang in there, we’ll turn... Read more

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Nov 14

November 14, 2016

Gratitude When We Least Expect It

Gratitude When We Least Expect It

At least that’s how it feels. There is little effort required to feel so grateful for what seem to be the smallest things when life is good; when times get tough, that’s the challenge. And that, as we are told by those positive-affirmation people, is when we NEED to find our gratitude most. While I’m not a fan of being... Read more

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Jul 14

July 14, 2016

Dear Husband, I wish you knew how strong you are.

Dear Husband, I wish you knew how strong you are

Dear Husband, I wish you knew how strong you are. I wish you could see yourself through my eyes. Every day I wake up and watch you defy odds. The way you live your life is so much more than popping a pill or taking a shot. I don’t know any other 10-year-old boy who has announced to his mother... Read more

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Jun 20

June 20, 2016

3 Tips For Loving Your Chronically Ill Spouse Well

3 Tips For Loving Your Chronically Ill Spouse Well

For most spouses, the thought of handling kiddie transportation, Thanksgiving dinner, and birthday parties solo would never cross their mind. But in the world of the spouse who cares for a chronically ill better half, such is the typical reality of day-to-day life. In fact, reconciling these dual and dueling worlds can prove incredibly challenging. Below are three tips that... Read more

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May 26

May 26, 2016

Five Things People with PTSD Want You to Know

I had spent a lifetime keeping memories behind closed doors.  I thought I had frozen them all in my heart to keep them contained. But trauma thaws. I felt like I betrayed my family code. I felt weak.  I coped in so many different ways to stay numb and avoid the feelings that are stored in the marrow of your... 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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Feb 29

February 29, 2016

10 Truths You’ll Need When You’re Newly Sick

When sickness began closing in on me, I felt guilty and conflicted about a lot of things, maybe even most things. It was like I was drowning and unsure of who I was in light of these new circumstances. And what were the ground rules for what was happening? Not knowing how to approach what was happening made it all... Read more

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