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Apr 27

April 27, 2017

Fighting For Marriage When Chronic Illness is Present

Fighting For Marriage When Chronic Illness is Present

Today, Ryan and I went live to talk about what fighting for marriage when chronic illness is present looks like for us. You can check it out here. Share on Tumblr... Read more

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Apr 17

April 17, 2017

When It Feels like the Whole World Is Clueless

When It Feels like the Whole World Is Clueless

When I was young and brave or stupid, you decide, I flew to Dallas for Thanksgiving to visit family just as I transitioned into my second trimester of pregnancy. It was my first, and I was violently ill most of the time. If memory serves me correctly, I was twenty-one years old, sixteen weeks pregnant and signed up for a... 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 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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Feb 2

February 2, 2017

Learning to Live in Times of War and Famine of the Soul

Learning to Live in Times of War and Famine of the Soul

I sat before the doctor; equal parts wise and kind, spritely and gentle. He has one tuft of white hair that shoots straight up while the others have been tamed. Somehow this makes me love him all the more. His spectacles sit low on his nose as he studies my most recent labs. He is eager to get to work.... Read more

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Jan 26

January 26, 2017

Give Me Eyes to See in the Darkness

Give Me Eyes to See in the Darkness

My eye doctor was the happiest person I knew. As in unusually excited about his profession and life. So I wasn’t surprised when he proudly told me he had new technology he wanted to use. Retinal imaging provides never seen pictures of the back of the eye which aid in early detection of glaucoma or cataracts. I tried to be... 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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Oct 24

October 24, 2016

10 Must-Haves for Your Chronic Illness Journey

10 Must-Haves for Your Chronic Illness Journey

A Sense of Humor– Trust me on this one. Maybe you feel more like crying than laughing and I want to be clear––––there is no shame in crying. Furthermore, there is a time for crying. But when you are all cried out, laughter is such good medicine. Laughter has the power to make the seemingly impossible, possible. Laughter pushes back... Read more

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Oct 20

October 20, 2016

An Open Letter to the Chronically Ill

An Open Letter to the Chronically Ill

It is my honor to love and serve you. While it is true I don’t understand your medical condition; I can’t relate to physically not being able to get out of bed each day, and I don’t comprehend your insecurity of not being enough. I do want to tell you that you are valued. You are appreciated. You are enough.... Read more

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