Welcome back…to the readers, not the disease

If you are a subscriber of my blog, thank you and welcome back! If you are new, thanks for stopping by! I hope all of you return. The purpose of my blog is primarily to give people hope as they live daily with a chronic illness or with chronic pain. I live with three chronic … Continue reading Welcome back…to the readers, not the disease

Coverage You Can Trust

“He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; the Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life.” Psalm 121: 3, 7 “Softness you can feel, comfort you can count on, quality you can trust…YOU deserve the best.” I chuckled to myself as I saw this. … Continue reading Coverage You Can Trust

Invisible Illness Requires an Invisible Fight

Well, I've been M.I.A. for quite awhile, and I apologize for that. Chronic illness can do that....rob us of things we enjoy. As I was reviewing some of my articles today, I came across an article I wrote for Invisible Illness Week in 2015, sharing my experience with three invisible illnesses. Since I haven't posted … Continue reading Invisible Illness Requires an Invisible Fight

on Easter

Anne Ryan Dempsey guest blogs and beautifully shares in words and photos the rebirth and life that comes with Easter. Please check out her website at http://anneryandempsey.com/ to see more of her writings and photos. Enjoy!

Rebuilding Resilience

Here is a great blog post on Rebuilding Resilience in adversity, including the symptoms and emotions that accompany chronic illness. It’s from a WordPress blog called “snowdroplets.”

I like this article because it lists specific things we can do to rebuild resilience in our lives and live at peace with our illnesses. In addition to the ideas listed by “snowdroplets,” I would add that my faith in Jesus Christ gives me courage and strength to move forward that I don’t have in my own human strength, and I am grateful for the grace and mercy God gives me every day.

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Emotional resilience is the ability to adapt to stressful situations and to overcome adversity. I’m recently experiencing a recurrence of depression that had been well managed for many years. I’m grieving, living with health problems, and dealing with major stressors at home and work. I think it’s the combination of those factors all happening together that’s capsized me. I know that I’ll be okay eventually, but I’m finding the depression very hard to deal with. I feel my resilience has become exhausted.

I believe resilience can be restored and grown. Here are some commitments I’m making to myself based on common factors that build emotional resilience:

Resilience: I will make a conscious effort to cultivate resilience in myself and to acknowledge the resilience that I have.

Acceptance: I will accept these struggles, hard times, and losses. I will accept myself and those around me as we are. I will accept…

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A.R.D – Fighting The Guilt

This is a very honest and insightful article into the guilt that those with chronic invisible illness can experience.

Invisible Illness Awareness Week–Series of Articles on Endometriosis

Here is a post from guest blogger snowdroplets with excellent information and links about endometriosis! She started a blog to help her in her journey through grief, infertility, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, migraines, PTSD, depression and, hopefully, to help others in similar struggles. She uses the name "snowdroplets" because she wants to convey both her sadness and hope. Snowdrop flowers are … Continue reading Invisible Illness Awareness Week–Series of Articles on Endometriosis

Invisible Illness Awareness Week is September 28 – October 4

This post is from the Rest Ministries Invisible Illness Week website (http://invisibleillnessweek.com/) What is your invisible fight? Invisible Illness Awareness Week is September 28 – October 4 and we are creating a big buzz in social media, spurring on awareness, understanding, and dispelling myths and misconceptions about living with illness. We live in a culture … Continue reading Invisible Illness Awareness Week is September 28 – October 4

My #InvisibleFight

“You’re looking pretty good today. How do you feel?” The response I often want to give is, “I feel like crap, but thanks for asking.” However I’ve come to realize that isn’t helpful to me or the person asking. It just shuts down communication, and I feel worse. I should be grateful that someone asked … Continue reading My #InvisibleFight

Nominated for The Real Neat Blog Award

  I was nominated for The Real Neat Blog Award by my fellow blogger, Bloomin' Uterus. THANKS!!! So here’s the fun part! Here are The Rules Put the Award Logo in your post. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs. Nominate any … Continue reading Nominated for The Real Neat Blog Award