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Aug 24

August 24, 2017

The Words That Try To Take My Life Away

The Words That Take My Life Away

Failure Loser Incapable Unwanted Unworthy Words my mental illness plants in my brain. They sneak in under the cover of dark, rearing their ugly heads when I least expect it. Defences down, I am bowled over by the intensity and severity of the words. I do my best to fight. I do positive self talk and affirmations. I stay away... Read more

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Jun 1

June 1, 2017

When We Drown in Our Not Enoughness

When We Drown in Our Not Enoughness

“Not to be mean, Mommy, but Daddy is nicer than you.” These are the words my five-year-old daughter graces me with as she fills our minivan with her endless chatter. So far, I’ve been chastised for my lack of passion in response, my tendency to stare blankly ahead, and general lack of entertainment value. I wonder silently if Daddy might... Read more

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May 30

May 30, 2017

How to Live Life in Spite of Chronic Pain and Fatigue

How to Live Life in Spite of Chronic Pain and Fatigue

How do you explain chronic, debilitating fatigue to a world that wakes up well-rested? How do you explain sickness and limitations being the norm to a people who’ve only known health and limitless living? Can you? I remember (quite woefully, now) before the hostile takeover when sickness was still something I could hide, push beyond for the most part, I... 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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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 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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Aug 29

August 29, 2016

3 Epic Fails to Avoid

3 Epic Fails to Avoid

My goal today is to ensure you that you are in fact handling your chronic illness and life in general far better than you think you are. As evidence, I’ll introduce to you a horrifyingly embarrassing collection of personal epic fails from the last several weeks. This is how great my love for you is. I think we’ve talked about... Read more

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Aug 15

August 15, 2016

Welcome to the Mommy Wars

Welcome to the Mommy Wars

It’s that time again Moms. I hope you’ve trained well. Soon you’ll be scored on your willingness to bake cupcakes and attend field trips. Your fundraising skills will weigh heavily on your rankings and sharp and motivated newcomers may threaten your position within the herd. May the odds be ever in your favor. Just last night, I attended my daughter’s preschool... Read more

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May 5

May 5, 2016

Parenting and Chronic Illness

What This Picture Doesn’t Tell You But I Will…

In a moment, this momma would do it again because any mom would be there for their child! I was determined and would not be deterred from seeing my daughter’s first performance at a competition. She had worked so hard. For sure, it was worth it to hug her and see the joy on her face! But I need you... Read more

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Mar 31

March 31, 2016

Our Journey Back: My Teenage Daughter’s Battle with Anxiety

She was only 16, but she was convinced she was having a heart attack. Although I assured her she was a healthy young woman and it was highly unlikely she had heart problems, she was terrified something was seriously wrong. From her repeated visits to online medical sites, a practice we had teased her about for years, she recognized all... Read more

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