Category Archives: illness

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}.

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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.

12 Things I want you to know about living with Lupus

May is Lupus Awareness Month. I have systemic lupus erythmatosus {SLE or lupus for short}, diagnosed in October 2009. I have friends that live with this disease as well.  Day in and day out, year after year lupus does not go away. I don’t spend a lot of time focusing on lupus and the effectContinue Reading

10 Ways to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

With the holidays upon us I wanted to take some time to talk about the effects that this busy time of year can have on our health. Living with chronic illness {mine is systemic lupus} doesn’t have to steal your joy and zap your energy. But, it is tempting to push yourself with the amount of activity on the calendarContinue Reading

Fighting the Fizz

I have given it up before.  Cold turkey. But, it sucks me back in. Specifically when I have a stress headache and need some caffeine to chase the tylenol. What has me in it’s ugly grasp? Soda. {source unkown} I need to stop drinking soda {again}.  I know it is bad for me.  I knowContinue Reading

While I’m Waiting

This song speaks to my heart right now and I hope it does to yours as well!

Expect the Unexpected

Wednesday morning, I was on a plane traveling to Jasper, GA for five days of seminars and encouragement for YoungLives leaders.  Wednesday night, I was in the ER in Jasper, GA after falling and tearing two {possibly three} ligaments in my knee.  Thursday morning, I was on a plane {to the tune of an extraContinue Reading

Taking care of the Dads in our lives

When I met my husband, he was underweight.  I mean he weighed less than I do now by about 30 pounds underweight and he was 6’2″.  After we had been dating for a few months, I felt like our relationship was established enough to suggest that he go to the doctor.  He said, “I don’tContinue Reading

Listening to the still, small voice

I have been having some (not so fun) issues with my left leg in the last few weeks.  My doctor(s) attributed it to my MS and put me on a steroid dose pack.  While that reduced the swelling on the MRI, it did not resolve the problem.  What is the problem? Muscle atrophy. Atrophy (according toContinue Reading

What is this blog for anyway?

Image by frances1972 via Flickr I arrived home from Blissdom with a heavy heart. Mind you, I had a fabulous time (with a capital F) and learned a lot. I also realized that I had strayed from my passions- the passions that led me to start this blog in the first place almost two yearsContinue Reading

Invisible Tuesday

Some of you know that I host a MomTV show on Wednesdays (at 1pm EST) called The Invisibles. The show focuses on living well with chronic/invisible illness.  To help my listeners and to educate my readers, I am going to start posting on the same topic that my show will focus on each week onContinue Reading