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Jan 30

January 30, 2017

The Dangers of Love on the Wildwood Exit

The Dangers of Love on the Wildwood Exit

You hear a lot about happiness on your wedding day.   He just seems to make her so happy.   The bride was beaming with happiness.   I hope you two live happily ever after.   And whether she realizes it or not, every blushing bride prances down the aisle with her own vision of what her happily ever after... Read more

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Aug 18

August 18, 2016

How to Cope With the Train Wreck of New Diagnosis

How to Cope with the Train Wreck of New Diagnosis

As I lay in the darkness, my fingers poised on the keys of my laptop, tears run down my cheeks  as I listen to the sound of my son’s feeding pump a few feet away–a constant reminder that my normal isn’t really normal at all. In a recent trip to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, I sat in a chair watching... Read more

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May 19

May 19, 2016

3 Tips For Surviving a Flare

3 Tips for Surviving a Flare

Flare-ups are a regular and unfortunate part of living with an autoimmune disease. They LOVE to come right when we are busiest, invading our days with pain and dizziness where there was no room for such miseries. I’m experiencing one currently, as often happens when I am due for my next chemotherapy infusion (Remicade every four weeks, totally worth it!).... Read more

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Jan 13

January 13, 2016

Fighting With the Chronically Ill

Anita I remember the first time I heard about chronic illness. Although I didn’t fully understand what chronic illness was or had never even heard the term, my first memory of it was called fibromyalgia and it sunk teeth deep into my mother in law’s body. She was very energetic. She was accustomed and happy to do everything in and... Read more

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Sep 28

September 28, 2015

Hope In the Waiting- Searching for a Diagnosis

Maybe it started with a strange tingle in your hand or a pressing fatigue that could never be satisfied. It could have been that deep knowing that something was wrong that set you off. However it began, now you find yourself in the waiting. Like so many others, you’ve been to countless doctors and clinics searching for answers, only to... Read more

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Jul 2

July 2, 2015

On Letting Go of the Old You and Embracing the New

Personally, one of the hardest parts of my illness has been the loss of the “old me”. The girl who could run three miles a day read into the late hours of the night and still have plenty of energy to pour into the people she loved the next day. Oh, how I grieved her. I missed everything from the... Read more

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