• “Nevertheless, She Persisted - #chronicillness #perserverence #facingadversity #migraine

    “Nevertheless, She Persisted” – My Weekend Mantra

    The weekend wasn’t  a complete bust but it wasn’t a total success either. What I can say is that I did my best and no matter what happened, I persisted! I didn’t stop trying. Over the past few weeks, the weather has been rough. High humidity, High temperatures, storms and the barometric pressure changes have really taken a toll on me. These are all migraine triggers for me and there is nothing I can do about them…except push through. I woke up on Saturday morning around 5 am with a Hemiplegic Migraine that fortunately responded well to my medication and I slept for a few hours more. When I woke…

  • Weather and Migraine - #migraine #chronicillness #headache

    The Weather is Trying to Kill Me

    “The weather is trying to kill me”, this is a statement that I have repeated many times over the past two weeks. I know that it sounds like a crazy statement based on irrational paranoia but it isn’t, I promise. I do realize that the weather can’t kill me but it most certainly can make my life miserable. The past few weeks has been a proverbial barometric pressure roller coaster. The changes in pressure send me into my migraine cocoon and there is nothing I can do about it. Weather Related Migraine Product Review: I tried the MigraineX earplugs a week ago on a day that saw a lot of…

  • How to Have & Keep a Joyful Attitude - #positiveattitude #choosejoy #positivity #selfcare #chronicillness

    How to Have & Keep a Joyful Attitude

    Having a joyful attitude comes easy on days when everything is right on track. But on days when the medication doesn’t seem to work or when the walls feel like they are closing in, it can become easy to be weary and restless. During weeks in which the Barometric Chart can show others how rough the migraine days have been, it is easy to get lost in the pain. Like many other emotions, being joyful is a choice. Having a joyful attitude is not necessarily an indication of how life is at this very moment. Having joy is a conscious act that requires focus, dedication and perseverance. It is determined…

  • Rich & Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Fettuccine - #recipe #seafood #mushrooms #easycooking

    Smarter Kitchen: Rich & Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Fettuccine

    Here is a dish that isn’t for the crock pot but can be on the table in 30 minutes! This Rich & Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Fettuccine is definitely a way to work smart in the kitchen and this is one of my kids favorite meals! As most others, my recipes are inspired by recipes I have seen. I do not remember where I got the original recipe but I have added new ingredients, doubled the sauce recipe ingredients (almost) and added some other seasonings that I like. Since there is so much of me in this, I claim it as mine! What really makes this sauce special is that…

  • Self-Care Tools to use on a bad day - #selfcare #mentalhealth #health #pamperyourself

    5 Self-Care Tools to Use on Bad Days

    As much as we want to say that all of our days are filled with roses and sunshine, we all know that it isn’t possible to have good days all the time. It really isn’t having a bad day that can create turmoil in our lives, it is how we manage ourselves while we are in the middle of it all. The tricks we employ for self-care can make all the difference on those days that make us want to want to hide away. Here are 5 self-care tools to use on a bad day: Take a Bath! My daughters know this is my go to self-care tool. They probably…

  • Writer’s Block- #daydream #inspiration #writersblock #mindwanders #randomthoughts

    Ramblings of Someone with Writer’s Block

    I have had a small run of writer’s block and it is frustrating knowing there are topics out there but nothing comes to mind. I sit and stare at my ceiling hoping something will cross my mind that is worthy of a blog title. That is usually how inspiration hits me. Letting my mind wander until it drifts onto something good. Today is not one of those days and no matter what crosses my mind it isn’t a blog topic. I’m thinking about my hair appointment this afternoon, which I am very excited about because it has been months since I felt like going. Dreading my eye doctor appointment on…

  • Beautycounter Review: Migraine Friendly- #cosmetics #makeup #migraine #crueltyfree

    Product Review: Beautycounter – Migraine Friendly Cosmetics

    Most people that have migraines experience issues with strong smells and walking through a Department Store with its cosmetics counter in the middle of the store can be a nightmare. Even wearing cosmetics can create problems between the harsh ingredients and the smells that linger all day. That is why, when Misty, a friend of mine had an online Beautycounter party I asked for samples. I had to know how it smelled before I could even care how well it worked. I have come across so many products (not just cosmetics) that claim to be unscented but nothing could be further from the truth. The Products: The first thing I…

  • Jen’s Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew - #slowcooker #crockpot #recipe #food

    Smarter Kitchen: Jen’s Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew

    Nothing says comfort food like a nice big bowl of hearty Brunswick Stew! This traditional dish is famous in the south, so famous that there is a battle brewing over what state it belongs to. Brunswick, Georgia and Brunswick County, Virginia both lay claim to this rich stew. To find out more about this delicious feud, read this Southern Living Article. The good people of both the town of Brunswick, Georgia, and Brunswick County, Virginia, equally and passionately claim to be the point of origin for the eponymous stew. Some decades ago, Brunswick, Georgia, mounted a 25-gallon iron pot atop a town monument. The inscription declares the pot to be…

  • 10 things you can do to help someone with chronic illness. #illness #chronicillness #friendship #helpinghand

    7 Things You Can Do For Someone with Chronic Illness

    In my experience, most people do not know how to respond to someone that has a long term illness. They feel like nothing they do is going to help the situation. To compound this, the person who is sick is waiting on someone to help but doesn’t know how to ask. This is a vicious cycle that leads to the isolation most people with chronic illness experience and ends with broken relationships. With that being said, there are always those fly by night “friends” who only want you during the good times. But the vast majority of people are not that way and would help if they knew what was…

  • LETTER TO MY BRAIN - #migraine #hemiplegicmigraine #aphasia #aura #paralysis

    Letter to my Brain

    Last week, several people wrote letters to their brain. I made a comment on Jay’s post over at beardedigor.wordpress.com that I would be afraid of what I would say. He said I should do it…Challenge Accepted! Dear Brain, What On Earth is going on up there? For the many years you would act up on rare occasions but then you decided to be naughty every single day. It was bad enough when my the right side of my face would droop and my vision would get all sparkley. But when you decided that I didn’t need my right arm to work you went way over the line. Never mind the horrendous pain, which…