Category Archives: health

Why People with Chronic Illness Rarely Take Your Advice Well

People with a chronic illness live with their illness like Olympic athletes live and breathe their events day in and day out.  Except for one major detail, we didn’t choose to be chronically ill and we don’t love it.  We … Continue reading

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You Are Not Alone

When you realize that the life you once knew is lost, all your hopes and dreams are shattered and everything you worked so hard to achieve has slipped through your fingers-You are not alone. When you want to give up … Continue reading

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Facing Death

I’m not the only one in my world dealing with severe illness.  Sometimes I’m the one on the outside, powerless to help, wishing for a cure, dreaming of an imaginary world in which someone I loved wasn’t suffering.  It’s heartbreaking.  … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Friendship

When I first got sick I received a hard and fast lesson on the people in my life who were actually fair weather friends.  My vast and varied social life quickly dwindled down to a small handful of people that … Continue reading

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I Visited Normality for a Few Days, What I Learned is Shockcing

Suddenly, for no reason at all my body decided to act normal for a brief moment in time and the experience was eye-opening.  Unfortunately, my foray into the normal world wasn’t a walk on the pain-free side.  Instead, I experienced … Continue reading

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Why Should I be Grateful?

Most days this is an impossible question to answer.  Not just for someone like me.  We all have our struggles and it’s hard to find that proverbial silver lining.  Especially when we are bombarded from every angle by news of … Continue reading

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The Oxygen Mask Rule

You know that really long boring safety speech we all pretty much ignore before we take off for any flight?  Remember how they always say to always put your oxygen mask on first before helping anyone else? The reason is … Continue reading

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