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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 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 6

November 6, 2016

How to Cultivate Gratitude in the Midst of Hardship

How to Cultivate Gratitude in the Midst of Hardship

2012 was that year.  The Murphey’s Law year.  Everything that could go wrong did, and it took everything we had to survive it…literally. It was the third year of my son’s leukemia treatment, the total duration of which lasted over 3 years.  Additionally, I started out the year with mono and thyroid failure, which I attribute to the enormous stress of parenting... Read more

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Oct 13

October 13, 2016

There's No Problem so Big That Guilt Can't Make It Worse

There’s No Problem so Big That Guilt Can’t Make It Worse

Some difficulties are obvious. Break your leg and you’ll spend a few months on crutches. A kind stranger will hold the door for you at the Post Office. The church might send flowers. But not all difficulties are so easily accepted, understood, or noticed. Some chronic illnesses are invisible. Some griefs are silent. What’s overwhelming to me might be no... Read more

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Aug 25

August 25, 2016

Coping with the Ugliness of Chronic Illness

Coping with the Ugliness of Chronic Illness

When I look in the mirror I see scars from where doctors cut into my neck for countless heart tests and procedures. I see a stubborn double-chin from prednisone that just won’t go away. I see irritated eyes from fatigue, even though I slept for at least ten hours last night. I see dry skin screaming for moisture because that... 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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