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Jan 23

January 23, 2017

Sickness Is Your Superpower

Sickness Is Your Superpower

You drink in the warmth of the sun on your skin, your hair dancing in the breeze, the sound of children laughing in the background. Somewhere, someone is grilling steaks for dinner. The scent is nothing less than glorious and today, you are in love with life. Yes, your joints are just as swollen as they were yesterday and your... 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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May 30

May 30, 2016

Sickness Sucks. You Do Not.

Sickness Sucks. You Do Not.

This is who I am now. Maybe like me, you’ve mostly come to grips with who you are now. You know there’s no use in spending your days lamenting over whom it is you once were and those days of intense grief and mourning have passed. Grief being the sneaky little cuss it is still sneaks up on you at unexpected... Read more

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May 9

May 9, 2016

How Sickness Changes Everything

How Sickness Changes Everything

I’m not sure where the memory crawled out from, where it’s been hiding all of this time or why it resurfaced at all. It was the afternoon of my brother’s death. His body gone for hours now, ladies from the church busied themselves with cleaning, and my siblings sat at the kitchen table eating a meal someone had brought. Fried... Read more

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Apr 11

April 11, 2016

Meeting Others In Their Pain

Today, the five of us sat at the table, eating lunch and talking about death. Sometimes laughing and at other times in tenuous, heavy tones— we talked about what we’d want our funerals to look like and how we felt about the ones we’d been to. I’m not sure how the conversation led us to this place, but I’m also... Read more

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