Apr 13

April 13, 2017

The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness

For those of us battling with Fibromyalgia and other chronic illness, we know stress can certainly make our symptoms worse and in many cases manifest into flare-ups. Therefore, as part of our self-help program, it is vital we include ample down time to relax and alleviate stress. How we do that can vary greatly depending on the severity of the Fibro... 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 20

March 20, 2017

The Powerful Connection between Pain and Hope

The Powerful Connection between Pain and Hope

As an Occupational Therapist, I deal with other people’s pain daily. As soon as the introductions are over, I ask about pain levels. “Do you hurt anywhere? On a scale of one-to-ten, how much pain are you in? Describe your pain.” Most people I encounter are in some kind of pain, so much so that I sometimes become numb to... 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 13

March 13, 2017

What Traveling to Europe Taught Me About Ableism

What Traveling to Europe Taught Me About Ableism

The majority of my chronically ill life has been sheltered, encapsulated by the tiny group of people who love me most. These are the people who’ve done the hard work of learning what loving me looks in this time and space. They’ve learned my body’s rhythms and queues. For the most part, they come into our times together eyes wide... Read more

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Mar 9

March 9, 2017

Mastering the Newest Monster on the Block

Mastering the Newest Monster on the Block

There’s a monster in my brain. He’s always there. He never goes away, no matter how much I beg, or how nicely I ask. There’s no reasoning with him. I really prefer my monsters to be of the more reasonable variety – the kind that go away. See, there have been other monsters up there before. I’ve banished them, though.... Read more

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