• 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…

  • There are positive things about looking back but living in the past is not good for your mental health. #mentalhealth #depression

    Reflection: The Dangers and Possibilities of Looking Back

    Taking time for reflection or looking back is usually perceived as negative or counterproductive. Even in the Bible, God told Lot and his family not to look back when He saved them from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. When Lot’s wife looked, she turned into a pillar of salt. Through that story, God is warning us about the dangers of living in the past. When Does Reflection Turn Negative? It is difficult not to sit back and go through the long list of regrets or “what-ifs” that we have. Most people have a list of things they wish they had done differently, so this isn’t uncommon. I know that…

  • Pity party, mental health, chronic illness

    4 Ways to Crash a Pity Party

    What is a pity party?  By definition it is an instance of indulging in self pity. Pity parties are not necessarily unhealthy…unless the party lasts too long. Let’s face it…sometimes life is just hard! Here are 4 ways, that I have found, to crash the pity party: Focus on the good things in life. Another words focus on the fact that the situation is temporary. Even though you are fighting a chronic illness, the really bad days are most likely temporary. Treat yourself! Oh come on…you deserve it! As silly as it may sound sometimes this will help! Give yourself permission to have a long soak in the tub, do your…

  • Lesson, learn, life lessons

    2018 Mid-year Review-Lessons Learned

    I think June is a great time to take an inventory of lessons I have learned in the year so far. Although cannot take credit for this revelation because I saw a post like this at ashleighwrites.co.uk. So, go ahead and give her blog post some love, HERE and come back! I liked her idea so much that I decided to do my own mid-year review. Lessons Learned: Loosing people you love is hard and grief doesn’t have a timeline. In November of 2017, my best friend died after a 3 year battle with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. I gave her the morphine to help keep her comfortable as her…

  • Drive

    The Reason I Had to Stop Driving

    Simply put, I love to drive and at one time I considered myself adventurous. Not bungee jumping or mountain climbing adventurous but if I wanted to go somewhere there wasn’t much that could stop me. I had no fear about going somewhere by myself and was ready for a road trip any time. To me, driving equals freedom. The freedom to go to the store when I want, make appointments without feeling like a bother…the freedom to go places. Things are a lot different now. I stopped driving in November 2016 and other than a few short trips last August, I have not driven since. Why? For starters, the Hemiplegic Migraines (to…

  • 4 Challenges I Face Because of Hemiplegic Migraine

    Hemiplegic Migraine has handed me some challenges that sometimes feel like mountains that I cannot climb. Other struggles are not as dramatic or difficult to navigate but put stumbling blocks in my path. Here are some of the most prevalent challenges that I face the most:

  • Book review, audiobook

    Book Review: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

    In an effort to try and mix things up a little, I have decided to post a book review as my first post of every month. I am an avid listener of books. My Hemiplegic Migraines sometimes makes reading a chore and, on my bad days, it is nice to let the soothing voice of a narrator whisk you away. Because of this, i will be including my review of the narrator as well. Before We Were Yours By: Lisa Wingate Narrated by: Emily Rankin & Catherine Taber Length: 14 hours and 28 minutes This book is totally different than most of the books that I read. That is why…

  • Faith and Chronic Illness - #faith #Christianity #ChronicIllness #Healing

    My Journey of Faith and Chronic Illness

    When my health started to deteriorate two years ago, I was active in the pursuit of finding God within my struggle. I prayed through the worst of my pain, I read my Bible daily and I used Worship music to help strengthen my faith.  My relationship to God saw me through the days when my life was being shattered. As the journey of sickness continued, I lost my ability to be active within my church. I could no longer sing on the Praise Team. Not only because of the energy required but because the cognitive delays that resulted from Hemiplegic Migraine had made keeping rhythm and staying on key impossible.…

  • Things Only a Chronic Migraine Warrior Understands - #chronicmigraine #migraine #stigma #chronicillness

    6 Things Only a Chronic Migraine Warrior Understands

    I live a life in which I have a migraine almost every day. A diagnosis of Chronic Migraine requires that a person have at least 15 Migraine days a month and I blow that out of the water. All of this gives me an understanding that most people do not have about Migraine. Here are 6 things only a Chronic Migraine Warrior understands: You know it is not just a “bad” headache! In fact, you know that it is an excruciating headache that is debilitating to your entire body. Actually, you know that a Migraine isn’t a headache at all…the headache is only a symptom of the Migraine. All activities…

  • #fear #chronicillness #migraine #hemiplegicmigraine

    When Fear Takes Over

    On Sunday, I felt like I was physically able to go to church. This was only the second time this year that I felt like I could go. As I started the getting ready, I realized I was afraid. Fear had begun to take over. You see, my husband and I have worked hard making sure the house was safe for me and every possible trigger is avoided. There is a dark room for bad moments, my medications are laid out and all of the other things that seem mundane to most people are taken care of. Every single detail of my environment is controlled by us. Church (or any…