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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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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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Oct 17

October 17, 2016

6 Chronic Illness Warriors I Admire

6 Chronic Illness Warriors I Admire

At the risk of sounding like a creeper: I love people. If Buddy the Elf loves smiling, smiling is his favorite, I love people. People are my favorite. I am intrinsically drawn to people. If you were to ask me what my favorite thing about any job or position I’ve ever held was my answer would be simple: the people.... Read more

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Jul 11

July 11, 2016

Have YOU Ever Had a Panic Attack?

Have YOU Ever Had a Panic Attack?

Have you ever had a panic attack? The question hung between us like angry, rain-saturated clouds positioning overhead. For me, the answer was obvious. Panic attacks are a common, unfortunate part of battling with Lyme disease and coinfections. But my relationship with panic attacks pre-dates my relationship with Lyme Disease. I have been married twice. Twice I have picked out... Read more

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Jun 30

June 30, 2016

Anxiety or Adventure-The PTSD Files

Anxiety or Adventure- The PTSD Files

As I board a plane a growing knot tightens my stomach. I quadruple check my ticket and stumble to my seat. If my husband is with me, he holds my hand once he gets settled because he knows the white-hot anxiety pings through my brain like a pinball machine. I recite scripture over and over to myself. I pray what... Read more

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Apr 25

April 25, 2016

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

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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Mar 31

March 31, 2016

Our Journey Back: My Teenage Daughter’s Battle with Anxiety

She was only 16, but she was convinced she was having a heart attack. Although I assured her she was a healthy young woman and it was highly unlikely she had heart problems, she was terrified something was seriously wrong. From her repeated visits to online medical sites, a practice we had teased her about for years, she recognized all... Read more

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