• Compassion, empathy, chronic illness

    Compassion, Empathy & Chronic Illness

    Here is an example of a text that was sent to my by a friend, “Praying the Lord will continue to place a miraculous healing touch on your life”. On the surface there is nothing wrong with this text. In fact, before I got sick 2 years ago, I probably would have sent a text very similar to this one. So, what is missing? Two very important things: Compassion – There is absolutely nothing wrong with telling someone that you are praying for them. Let’s be honest, I need all the prayers I can get. But, when a text like this is sent without asking how you are doing, it…

  • Doctor, enemy, chronic illness, healthcare

    Are Doctors Your Enemy?

    I am sitting in a Doctor’s office and I am dreading this appointment with yet another Doctor. Honestly, I am already frustrated. All of the Doctors before this one were cold, uncaring and didn’t take me seriously and I know that this one will be the same…because they are all trained the same way, right? I had even had one Neurologist tell me, “it is a headache; get over it”. This Doctor walked in, introduced himself then he shook my hand. So far it is the same as every other visit with every other Doctor. Then he did something very different…he sat down! He didn’t stand up over me…he sat…