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May 18

May 18, 2017

To the Most Beautiful Woman I've Ever Seen: Love Doesn't End Here

To the Most Beautiful Woman I’ve Ever Seen: Love Doesn’t End Here

You stood in front of me in your brown velvet tracksuit as you embraced your daughter one last time. Your eyes brimmed with glassy tears as you turned to me and said, ”She almost died last year. She’s still having symptoms. Keep in in your prayers, will you?” I told you we could pray right then if you’d like, but... Read more

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Oct 27

October 27, 2016

When You're Not Ready To Admit It's Depression

When You’re Not Ready To Admit It’s Depression

There’s no question about it, admitting you are struggling with depression is a hard thing to do. Even after all the highly publicized struggles of depression by beloved celebrities like Jon Hamm, Ashley Judd, or Owen Wilson, there is still such a stigma regarding those who struggle with depression. The stigma of depression is mostly due to the negative nature... Read more

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Sep 22

September 22, 2016

The Answer to the Question, "How Are You?"

The Answer to the Question, “How Are You?”

How are you feeling? It’s got to be the most loaded question out there. As a chronic illness fighter/warrior/survivor I don’t really know how to answer that question. Heck, I don’t even really know what to call myself in terms of chronic illness. Probably not. Not many of the spoonies I know do. It’s too much to get started with... Read more

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Mar 24

March 24, 2016

The Good Doctor

Before I went in, I decided not to bring the entire laundry list of things that I’ve noticed or been worried about over the last decade or so. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve had a primary care physician. It’s been hard for me to know what is worth seeking medical attention for. If I just slept more, would... 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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