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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 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 3

October 3, 2016

Chronic Illness Made Me Do It

Chronic Illness Made Me Do It

The list of words I never wished to utter is surprisingly long.   “I can’t.”   “It hurts.”   “The pain is unbearable.”   “I would honestly rather die than live another day like this.”   “I don’t understand. What did I do wrong?”   “I need more from you.”   “I think I might be losing my mind.”  ... Read more

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Nov 29

November 29, 2015


When You’re Out of Spoons

If you are familiar with the impending, looming sense of dread heaped upon you at the mere mention of one more stop on the way home, you might be a spoonie. If you have ever cried upon being asked “Are we going anywhere today?” by your children, you might be a spoonie. If you have ever eyeballed the distance between... Read more

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