Category Archives: Victories

A celebration of the everyday victories achieved

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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Taking the Long Way Home

Suffering Silently “The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to … Continue reading

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Some Surprises are Delightful

New Beginnings “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon Some days are more difficult than others, though this last week was particularly hard.  I transitioned … Continue reading

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Assuring Everyone You Will be Okay

The Closing of One Door and Opening of Another “Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything.  You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets.” – Henry Kissinger I just walked away … 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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The World is Full of Possible Impossibles

“No one ever gets far unless he accomplishes the impossible at least once a day.” – Elbert Hubbard An Impossible Day I’ll be honest.  I’ve called an obstacle impossible.  In fact, this morning I was absolutely certain that today’s obstacle … Continue reading

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Mindy-Body Connections with CRPS/RSD: They Do Exist

The Big Day These days there’s a lot to celebrate.  Even during times of excruciating pain, there’s almost always light somewhere just waiting for me to grab at it.  Sometimes it hides in crevices.  Other times it shines like a … 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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Finding Hope: Not All Experiences are Equal

“The value of another’s experience is to give us hope, not to tell us how or whether to proceed.” – Peter Block How Do I Translate Personal Stories into Experiences I May Have? CRPS of the Right Foot The answer … Continue reading

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Walking: Painfully Awkward Moments

Baby Steps “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”  – Friedrich Nietzsche At my age, I see a lot of friends posting pictures of their babies’ first steps online.  I’ve never really pondered what those babies must feel at … Continue reading

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What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Crutches

Warning Labels Upon receipt of my new set of crutches at the hospital, they lacked the accompaniment of written instructions.  It sounded simple.  Grasp the handles while holding your weight and limp with your good foot.  In my opinion, they … 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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