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31 Days to Living Well with Chronic Illness- An Introduction

Hi friends!

Every year when I join the blogging community in committing to write on one topic every day for 31 days I question my sanity.  And, I say I will never participate again.  And, every year I develop some type of writers amnesia and when God lays a new topic on my heart, I once again decide to tap out my heart each day in October.  This year I am writing about a topic I personally deal with every day but don’t often talk about- living with chronic illness. I was diagnosed with systemic lupus in 2009 }after being misdiagnosed in 2008 with multiple sclerosis}and have several related medical issues including a blood clotting disorder, IC, IBS and the like. You can read more about my journey with chronic illness here, here and here {you can also search the topic in the top right hand corner of the blog and see all the posts I’ve written on the topic over the years}.


Over the next month we will talk about many aspects of chronic illness, all with the goal of understanding how crucial it is to maintain your faith and a positive outlook in your day to day battle with pain and fatigue.  We will talk about the often very long, very frustrating path to a diagnosis, the stages of grief when you are diagnosed with a chronic illness {as well as relief that the medical professionals have finally figured out what is causing your symptoms} and then we will focus on concrete, practical ways to live your best life and not let your illness define the way you live your days on this earth.

I don’t talk about this topic often but I am excited to delve into it this month and share my strategy for living chronically well!

See you tomorrow!

If you want to see what other bloggers are writing about for 31 days, visit The Nester’s site for a complete list.

Oh, the places I’d go

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He is my impact

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Playing catch up

Will someone remind me never to sign up for a 30 day meme again?  It makes me feel completely inadequate when I miss a day and have to play catch-up.  Maybe it’s good for the recovering perfectionist in me. Day 9: Something that makes my life easier There are many things but I want toContinue Reading

Things I treasure, things I hate

{I am again playing catch-up for Toni’s 30 day challenge.  This post covers days 5-8} Day 5: My Favorite Quote Live well, laugh often, love much. ~ Author Unknown This quote is very popular but has deep meaning for me. It is my personal mission statement.  I want to live well…through a healthy lifestyle, throughContinue Reading

A few of my favorite things

Playing a little catch up here for Toni’s challenge: Favorite TV shows…hmmmm. Truth be told, before my knee injury in March and subsequent surgery in July, I don’t often get control of the remote in this house.  With mostly testosterone flowing in casa de Smallwood, our TV is mostly on the History channel, Animal PlanetContinue Reading

My Favorite Movie(s)

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UBP 11- Multitasking Mama Style

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Introducing: Me

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Welcome to the Party!!

I am excited to be participating in the Ultimate Blog Party 2009 sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom.. Woot! I am so excited to go around and visit new bloggers (in fact I am dedicating my day minus grocery shopping (yuck) to doing just that! Here are three of the blogs I intend to visitContinue Reading