Jan 9

January 9, 2017

Meagan's Secret

Meagan’s Secret

Meagan is smart and witty and successful. Meagan is unflappable. She has three children, who are so cute you could eat them with a spoon as well as a handsome, successful husband. She is living the suburban American dream. But not long ago Meagan told me a secret. She has Hepatitis B. A blood-borne disease, often considered an STD. She... 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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Jan 2

January 2, 2017

A Change in Perspective

A Change of Perspective

I feared the night was coming, but felt helpless to stop it.  I did all the things you can think of to prevent it and yet there I was walking into the ER trauma room, the wife of a drunk driver.  What would they think of me?  What would they think of him?  Did he get what he deserved?  What... Read more

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Dec 5

December 5, 2016

On Taking Time Away

On Taking Time Away

I’ll be back! I’m taking this Holiday Season to just be.  I wish you a joyful, restful Holiday Season with the ones you love! While I won’t be updating my blog in this time you can still find me at: Her View From Home The Mighty IG Living Magazine Global Genes     Share on Tumblr... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 2016

When the Other Shoe Drops

When the Other Shoe Drops

Not long ago, I sat with my daughter on my lap, holding her arms down while she screamed. The first attempt at a blood draw had failed and we were moving on to the second arm. She’ll be five next month. She usually does quite well with these things. She hops up into the chair, thrusts her arm upon the... 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 23

November 23, 2016

3 Ways to Seek Out Gratitude in the Difficult Times

3 Ways to Seek Out Gratitude in the Difficult Times

Sometimes I get angry and super down about my health situation. That’s ok. Keeping a positive outlook is clearly a better option than having a negative one. Having a mostly positive outlook doesn’t mean that everything is perfect all of the time, it only means that it is possible to be positive and strong while also being human and honest.... Read more

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Nov 17

November 17, 2016

5 Moments in My Chronic Illness Journey That Changed Me

5 Moments in My Chronic Illness Journey That Changed Me

We all have moments in our journey that change us, for better or for worse. Maybe these moments grow us or educate us on the ways of the world. Perhaps, they teach us that life is painful or people are not to be trusted. Some moments might teach us there is beauty and living yet to come. Others still, might... 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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Nov 10

November 10, 2016

Gratitude: the Anchor in the Storm of Suffering

Gratitude: the Anchor in the Storm of Suffering

I’ve struggled with this piece. With what words to put on a page. The thing is-I don’t want to hurt you. And it’s such a fine line in my mind, between choosing gratitude and invalidating someone’s pain. I never want to invalidate your pain. Whether it was caused by chronic illness or the loss of a relationship, a devastating career... Read more

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