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Sep 12

September 12, 2016

How to Be a Savvy Spoon Investor

How to Be a Savvy Spoon Investor

Long, long ago in a land far, far away I was a licensed personal finance representative for a large bank. Meaning, I sold bank products like loans and checking accounts, but also helped people plan for retirement. So let’s pretend you wandered into the bank on a muggy Tuesday in hopes of opening a checking account before your favorite T.... Read more

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May 19

May 19, 2016

3 Tips For Surviving a Flare

3 Tips for Surviving a Flare

Flare-ups are a regular and unfortunate part of living with an autoimmune disease. They LOVE to come right when we are busiest, invading our days with pain and dizziness where there was no room for such miseries. I’m experiencing one currently, as often happens when I am due for my next chemotherapy infusion (Remicade every four weeks, totally worth it!).... 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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Mar 27

March 27, 2016

March Madness, Chronic Illness and Unpredictability

March madness isn’t a thing I would know about if it wasn’t for my oldest, Hayden. But brackets are the air he breathes all month long. It’s important to him that I fill out brackets for him to track and talk smack about. Out of my great love for him, I oblige. Knowing nothing about the teams, I pick based... Read more

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Dec 13

December 13, 2015

Coping With Grief and The Holidays

When my oldest, Hayden, was small we filled the holiday season with festivities. Christmas cookies in pajamas, visiting Santa, driving around at night to look at the Christmas lights, watching our favorite Christmas movies, making and wrapping gifts…these were just a few of our favorite activities. My social media feeds are filled with smiley-faced people doing these exact things. And... Read more

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Dec 10

December 10, 2015

Grief is a Process

Grief is a process. There is no escaping it. Oh yes, there is delaying it. But that is not the same as avoiding it—it’s just a postponement. There’s really no delicate way to say this and so here it is: Grief sucks. She’s an ugly monster who tries to drown you, who humiliates you in the grocery store and at... 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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