• What to Wear when you want to be Cozy: A day at home requires clothes that are effortless, comfortable and functional. #fashion #chronicillness

    Comfortable Clothes to Wear When You Want to be Cozy

    Because I can’t drive, I spend a lot of time at home. My body requires a lot of rest during Hemiplegic Migraine attacks so dressing for those occasions is important. Having comfortable clothes is important but because of the partial paralysis I have during attacks, functionality is just as important. What Do I Look for When Buying Comfortable Clothes? Pants For pants, the first thing I look for is an elastic waist. This will make it easier for me to go to the restroom if I only have 1 functional arm. This is also important if I am doing things outside of the home with my husband. I really don’t…

  • Old Fashioned Goulash Recipe with BONUS SLOW COOKER BUYING GUIDE! - This American Classic meal is even better when it is combined with the ease of the slow cooker! #goulash #slowcooker

    Old Fashioned Goulash and Slow Cooker Buying Guide

    There are times when the simplest dishes make the best meals and this Old Fashioned Goulash definitely fits that description. This is my “go to” lazy Sunday afternoon dish for a cool fall or winter day. Before I get to the recipe I want to take a moment to discuss what to look for when buying a slow cooker. 3 Things to Consider when Buying a Slow Cooker First off, you need a good Slow Cooker. The options for this are endless so this are 3 things you need to consider when buying a slow cooker. ( I own 6 of them…does that make me an expert?) Size – The…

  • Power in the Story guest post featuring Pamela from There is Always Hope - A Journey Through Chronic Pain with volunteer work! #GuestPost #ChronicPain

    Power in the Story: Pamela from There is Always Hope

    .This week our Power in the Story featured blogger is Pamela from There Is Always Hope and she also runs a second blog called A Chronicle of Hope. The fact that she runs 2 successful blogs should tell you right away that she is a powerhouse! She writes about her experiences with Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Invisible Illness and has been published on The Mighty website discussing her issues with Trigeminal Neuralgia and having an invisible illness. Living in Langford, BC, she is  an active volunteer with the Patient Volunteer Network, an organization in British Columbia that gives ordinary people the ability to have a say in how healthcare is delivered in…

  • Chronic Hemiplegic Migraine: A Migraine that produces temporary stroke like symptoms. #hemiplegicmigraine #migraine

    Chronic Hemiplegic Migraine Defined

    I blog about my journey with Chronic Hemiplegic Migraine. Most people hear the words but hang on to the word Migraine at the end and think, “she has a headache”. The vast majority, including medical professionals, never stop to think about the implications of the two words I said before the word Migraine.  So, I want to break down what they words mean and then discuss how it is much more than having a headache. What Does Chronic Mean? According to Medicine.net, the medical definition for chronic is: A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months or more. Chronic diseases are in contrast to those that are acute (abrupt,…

  • Migraine Explained: Cognitive Dysfunction - Also called Brain Fog and Migraine Hangover is cognitive impairment that causes trouble with finding words, remembering things and hinders the ability to put words together. #cognitivedysfuntion #migraine

    Migraine Explained: Cognitive Dysfunction

    Cognitive Dysfunction is the loss of functions such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning of sufficient severity to interfere with daily functioning. People experiencing cognitive dysfunction have trouble with verbal recall, basic arithmetic, and concentration. These types of delays are common with Chronic Migraine patients and is often referred to as “Brain Fog”. During a Migraine Attack, the cognitive dysfunction can be a part of the Prodrome and last up to two days after the Migraine has ended, or the Postdrome stage. The reason this is such an issue with people, like me, who have Chronic Migraine is because the brain never fully recovers before the next attack hits. So, what…

  • Why God's Grace is Sufficient - 2 Corinthians 12:9 - God's Grace is Sufficient in times of trouble and He never leaves us to handle problems alone if we trust in His Grace. - #GodsGrace #BibleVerses

    Why God’s Grace is Sufficient

    Having a Chronic Illness does not make for an easy life. In fact, it is very easy to get discouraged or to feel that God has abandoned you. In last Sunday’s post, 20 Bible Verses to Provide Encouragement, I listed some of my favorite encouraging verses. Today I want to talk about one of God’s Promises to us, that His grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ~ NIV Break It Down The first part of…