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Ramblings of Someone with Writer’s Block

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….

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Reflection: The Dangers and Possibilities of Looking Back

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…

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4 Ways to Crash a Pity Party

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….

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2018 Mid-year Review-Lessons Learned

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….

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13 Reasons Why Coping with Chronic Illness is Hard

13 Reasons Why Coping with Chronic Illness is Hard

When you are sick with an illness like the flu, you recognize that you will get well within a short period of time. If you are diagnosed with a chronic illness, on the other hand, the reality is quite different. A chronic illness may never go away and the symptoms can make coping very difficult. Here are 13 reasons why coping with chronic illness is hard: A lot of the symptoms are invisible to others. Because of this many people…

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The Reason I Had to Stop Driving

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…

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4 Challenges I Face Because of Hemiplegic Migraine

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: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

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…

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My Journey of Faith and Chronic Illness

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…

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6 Things Only a Chronic Migraine Warrior Understands

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…

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