Tag Archives: Optimism

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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