Tag Archives: Health

Learning to Hope, Not Wish

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” – Flora Whittemore   Everything has changed.  Everything.  Yet it’s the smallest of these changes that tend to bother me the most, such as my once naturally … Continue reading

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Together We are Not Alone

Loneliness.  Anger.  Fear.  Laughter. “Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.” – Dag Hammarskjold   I find myself wrapped in my own darkness these days.  Regardless of the number … Continue reading

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The Shades of Grey We Know

The Illusion of Colorlessness “Shades of grey wherever I go The more I find out the less that I know Black and white is how it should be But shades of grey are the colors I see.” – Billy Joel … Continue reading

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Fighting an Invisible Fear

The Struggle of a New Optimist “I like the man who faces what he must, With steps triumphant and a heart of cheer, Who fights the daily battle without fear.” – Sarah Knowles Bolton I’m not really certain whether I … 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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Remembering to March On

The Wars We Fight I’m normally in bed by now, but I found myself touched by a song today that I had somehow never heard on my playlist.  I’m moved by things that I love, and, honestly, there’s not much … Continue reading

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Physical Therapy and Weaning Off of Pain Medicine

“Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment.” – Will Rogers Weaning Off Pain Medicine While in Pain This is my third time weaning myself off of pain medicine … 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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The Woes of Medical Billing

Errors, Errors, Errors…A Broken System “There’s always something to be thankful for.  If you can’t pay your bills, you can be thankful you’re not one of your creditors.” – Unknown I can only hope I am the only person that … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Guilts of Chronic Illness: Cause and Care

“Guilt is anger directed at ourselves.”- Peter McWilliams The Guilt of Cause I remember when my mother was first diagnosed with Lymphoma one of our first questions was, “What caused this.” We demanded an answer – an exact answer, in … Continue reading

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Is It Really “Not Fair”?

It’s Simply Not Fair Some days (if you haven’t noticed the pattern yet, when I say “some days”…I’m primarily referring to today) I find myself crying, “It’s not fair.”  And then I breathe and remember that no disease is really … 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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Navigating Through the Struggles…(Life is What You Make of It)

The Struggle It Takes to be Human The beginning:  pain level 4.  This morning’s physical therapy session was challenging – I’m not going to lie.  I’m tough in therapy.  I execute each request, not always flawlessly but to the best … Continue reading

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