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Sep 14

September 14, 2017

How I found Gratitude After a Severe Foot Injury

How I Found Gratitude After a Severe Foot Injury

Editor’s Note: If you’ve experienced suicidal thoughts, sexual abuse or assault, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741 and the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. It is borderline grotesque: toes that flop without purpose and ugly scars that leave my sandal collection to gather dust. Yet, I am... Read more

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Apr 6

April 6, 2017

What You Can Do Right Now to Feel Better-{The Gratitude Journal}

What You Can Do Right Now to Feel Better

Dealing with a chronic illness is not easy. Instead, it is something that is hard to cope with and understand. With an illness, people sometimes get stuck in the past. They start thinking about getting back to their previous lives or wish they were just ‘normal’ again. Alternatively, people will start to future trip or worry extensively. However, what happens,... Read more

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Feb 23

February 23, 2017

Twenty More Brunette Strands

Twenty More Brunette Strands {On Redefining Best}

Twenty more brunette strands. The white of the pillowcase was speaking an unwelcome truth. Though the official word was that this cocktail administered this time in this way probably wouldn’t cause the hair loss of rounds one or two….the proof was on the cotton percale.  Here we go again. Disappointment was knocking and once again would require emotional energy to answer.... Read more

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Nov 28

November 28, 2016

People-The Problem AND the Solution

People: The Problem AND The Solution

That’s me in front, on my 3rd birthday. With me are my brothers Mike and Gary, and uncle Todd in the middle. Todd was more like a brother, as he was only a year older than Mike and spent lots of time with us. I am the lone survivor from this picture. (Cheerful post, right? Hang in there, we’ll turn... 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 14

November 14, 2016

Gratitude When We Least Expect It

Gratitude When We Least Expect It

At least that’s how it feels. There is little effort required to feel so grateful for what seem to be the smallest things when life is good; when times get tough, that’s the challenge. And that, as we are told by those positive-affirmation people, is when we NEED to find our gratitude most. While I’m not a fan of being... Read more

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Nov 10

November 10, 2016

Gratitude: the Anchor in the Storm of Suffering

Gratitude: the Anchor in the Storm of Suffering

I’ve struggled with this piece. With what words to put on a page. The thing is-I don’t want to hurt you. And it’s such a fine line in my mind, between choosing gratitude and invalidating someone’s pain. I never want to invalidate your pain. Whether it was caused by chronic illness or the loss of a relationship, a devastating career... Read more

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Oct 10

October 10, 2016

That Time I Gained a Few Thousand New Friends

That Time I Gained a Few Thousand New Friends

Last week, a blog post I wrote ran on a site called Her View From Home. As a result, I gained a few thousand new friends here on our blog. Many of my new friends sent me precious messages of support and encouragement, which reduced me to a puddle of tears. I will treasure them forever. (the messages, not the... Read more

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Feb 15

February 15, 2016

How To Fall In Love With The Life You Have

We all need those things that anchor us on the bad days that bring us back to what matters. The problem with the bad days is that they’re rather foggy. The bad has its mystical way of crowding out the good. It’s like playing hide-and-go-seek with a toddler at nap time. You go searching for the good but it’s fallen... Read more

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Nov 8

November 8, 2015

Lessons From the Cancer Center

Lessons From the Cancer Center: Maybe like me, you are a watcher of people. You don’t mean to be, it just happens. You are drawn in by their essence, their stories. My husband and I can be at dinner and I will shake my head or shed a tear at something said or done nearby and he’ll ask totally dumbfounded,... Read more

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