Category Archives: Happiness

General updates and discussions on becoming more optimistic in the face of a chronic medical condition

The Terrible & The Fortunate

“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.” – Audrey Hepburn I cannot recall a time when the happiness of others did not supersede that of my own.  My happiness has been … Continue reading

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Struggles with Wishing for Normalcy

“It is normal to give away a little of one’s life in order not to lose it all.”  – Albert Camus   I just picked myself up off the bed after curling into a ball, crying for an hour.  These … Continue reading

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Sometimes Finding Yourself is as Easy as Finding Your Friends

“Life is partly what you make of it, and partly what is made by the friends we choose.” – Tennessee Williams A Missing Person You may be asking yourself where I have been.  I have found myself asking that very … Continue reading

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Transitions: Becoming a Better Person

“The key to change…is to let go of fear.” – Rosanne Cash Change:  The Only Constant I am adverse to change.  No, I am terrified of change.  I’m so terrified of change that I purchased a year’s supply of hair … Continue reading

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Discovering Your Rainbow

The Hardest Two Years I hear the old phrase, “When it rains, it pours,” a lot in my professional career. I even find myself asserting the same mantra when my steps forward only result in even more steps backwards in … Continue reading

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Shopping: Finding Your Passion

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Learning How to Revert to Normalcy Everyone’s normal is different.  Sounds funny, right?  But it is so very true.  You cannot live your life comparing yourself … Continue reading

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Emotionally Disjointed: A Testament of the Highs and Lows of CRPS

“The optimist says we live in the best of all possible worlds and the pessimist fears this is true.” -Unknown Since I can remember, I have worn my heart on my sleeve. But since receiving the diagnosis, I can feel … Continue reading

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The Wrong Diagnosis: Denial

We Must be Missing Something “An illness is like a journey into a far country; it sifts all one’s experience and removes it to a point so remote that it appears like a vision.” – Sholem Asch But I’m “young … Continue reading

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16 Hospital Bracelets & Other Tales of Success

Today we celebrate a number of small victories. Sweet 16 16. You are looking at my 16th hospital bracelet in 5 1/2 months. X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, surgeries: my supervisor at work refers to this as my “great adventure,” followed by … Continue reading

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step: CRPS & Small Victories

Celebrate Small Victories I’ve always heard that in order to become more optimistic, one must learn how to celebrate each and every victory – even those that seem so small. Today is very much a day for the celebration of … Continue reading

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The Beginning: A Realist Gets a Dose of Reality

Avoiding Reality & Limitations Pessimistic: a word with such negative connotation. Instead, I’ve chosen to refer to myself as a realist throughout my life, as if modifying a word magically transforms its true meaning. Wordsmithing at its finest. I have … Continue reading

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