• Warrior Life Planner

    I’ve never been much of a planner kind of gal. As chronic illness took over, all of my plans went out of the window. My life had to change. I learned how to fly by the seat of my pants, so to speak, but my basic organizational skills suffered. The latter…

  • 9 Questions To When Searching For An Understanding Doctor

    I fumble with the orange prescription bottle in my hand. In my state of perpetual weakness, I exert great force to outsmart the child-proof seal. “Take twice daily for itching,” reads the label on the compounded antihistamine. I had just given a big dissertation on my most distressing symptoms—dangerously high…

  • Why Touring Our Wedding Venue Brought Tears To My Eyes

    Envisioning their reflection in sparkling princess white, many girls fall asleep dreaming of their future wedding. They have chosen a color scheme, a cake topper, and have picked out five varieties of flowers before they even understand the meaning of marriage. I was no different imagining the man who would…

  • Sick of Being Sick on New Year’s

    From our spot behind the hospital window, my mother and I were the spectators of many firework shows. We celebrated various holidays while I was admitted to the pediatric ward in Florida. We were secluded from society…unless you count whatever sorry nurse dared enter the room lest we talk their…

  • Worthy of Celebration

    On Christmas Eve night, I was likely parked on the bench seat at my grandmother’s kitchen table. A wide variety of treats were always displayed on a platter near her fondue fountain. Candy, chopped fruit, and pound cake—I reveled in the chocolatey goodness. Mid-dip, my family would joke I was their…

  • Top 10 Tips for New Tubies

    Nutritional intervention via feeding tubes is a large portion of my daily routine. Contemplating life before bolus syringes, mixing formula, and finding plastic end caps scattered about the house is…almost bizarre. Such a statement would have been considered preposterous when my feeding tube was first placed and tubie life seemed downright…

  • Review: What Really Helps People With Chronic Pain

    I was provided with a copy of the What Really Helps People With Chronic Pain e-course for free by the course creator Esther Smith of Life in Slow Motion. I received this product for free in return for providing my honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed are truthful and 100% my…

  • What Chronic Illness Has Taught Me This Thanksgiving

    Thankful. Grateful. Blessed. Every Thanksgiving, I post about thankfulness. I have a lot to be thankful for. I have a loving family, access to medical care, a roof over my head, and the means to an education. I have clothes on my back (my mother would argue too many), gadgets for…