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What Do You Mean You Won’t Tell Me What to Think?

I firmly believe that my brain has melted, drained out my right ear and made a wretched mess on the living room floor.  What I have left is the brain of an infant that is overwhelmingly distracted and entertained by … Continue reading

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My Shoes Fit Funny

My alarm goes off a half hour before I actually need to get out of bed.  That probably isn’t that strange, everybody likes the snooze button, but that isn’t the reason I set mine early.  I need the extra time … Continue reading

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A Happier New Year

I usually do a review at the end of each year.  Take the time to think about what has happened, what I’ve learned, and what I can do or make better next year.  However, looking back on this year seemed … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Silence

I haven’t written in quite a while and I’m sure I have a thousand completely legitimate excuses. The long and short of it is that in the last few months every thing I spent my whole life building has crumbled … Continue reading

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You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

Chronic pain and illness sufferers live in a different world from those who are healthy.  As with anything in life, you really don’t know what you have until it is gone.  In the case of lost health, the change is … Continue reading

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Luxuries You Leave in America when Traveling Abroad

When traveling abroad we look forward to new sights, new cultures, and new people, but often we don’t realize that a different culture doesn’t include luxuries that Americans often take for granted. Private Bathrooms When you travel within the states … Continue reading

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“But You Look Great” The Challenges of Invisible Illness

An excellent definition of invisible illness comes from Social Work Today online, the November-December 2007 issue: “The term invisible illness refers to any medical condition that is not outwardly visible to others, even health care professionals. Invisible illnesses encompass a … Continue reading

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