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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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Nov 3

November 3, 2016

How to Keep on Living When the Pain Doesn't End

How to Keep on Living When the Pain Doesn’t End

It has been four months since Grace came down with a virus that has turned into a nightmare of doctor appointments, tests, and non-answers, as she continues to battle pain and fatigue. Her head and stomach hurt constantly, she gets tired easily, school seems to exacerbate it all (though whether that is physical or emotional, I can’t quite work out),... 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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Jul 21

July 21, 2016

6 Chronic Illness Warriors I Admire

Dear Younger Me When I Was Healthy…

Dear Kelly, This is me, your future self. You are about to embark on a journey that you never planned and life is going to get very hard. I want you to stop focusing on yourself and living as the world tells you to live. I want you to make sure that you pray to G-d every day for everything because... 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 3

March 3, 2016

That Time I Blurted Out My Secret

My mouth tends to get me in trouble. Perhaps it’s a snarky comment that escapes before my brain engages, or it’s my warped sense of humor that maybe only one or two people on the planet understand. But there was a day that my mouth said something that shocked even me, in that short brief moment, a revelation was sparked.... Read more

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Jan 7

January 7, 2016

Broken Together

How I wish we could go back to simpler times Before all our scars and all our secrets were in the light Now on this hallowed ground, we’ve drawn the battle lines Will we make it through the night? It’s going to take more much more than promises this time Only G-d can change our minds   Maybe you and... Read more

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