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#SpoonieXmas2019: How to Make a Sweet Christmas Tree

Crafting is a great way to relax, stay positive, and get in the holiday spirit. There’s so much going on that can consume our time and energy, both in the world and in our personal lives. It's not easy drowning out the noise of it all and not allowing daily challenges to rob our joy. This year, I contribute part of my uncharacteristic positivity and festive Christmas spirit to the #SpoonieXmas2019 challenge. What's that? Over the Christmas holiday, a really talented young writer and chronic illness blogger, Life of Pippa on Instagram, connects people all over the world who are living with long-term illnesses. She's been doing this for the past five years. It’s my first time joining her and I’m really glad that I did! Being a Spoonie can be very isolating and there are good days and really bad health days. Sometimes finding simple pleasures is just what's needed. It’s fun scrolling through posts by fellow spoonies, sharing tips on how they cope with the holiday season, …

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Wishing You a Pain Free Spoonie Holiday Season: There’s Pain and Then There is Pain!

I have never been punched square in the front of my face. Thankfully. Nor have I taken a walk due to a pitcher hitting me in the face with a ball. So, I can only imagine how they would compare to the pain of an attack of cellulitis of the nose and face and eye area. There’s pain and then there is pain!

Having just fought off my third serious cellulitis attack in as many months, it's Thanksgiving and I’m still feeling extremely blessed. I’m thankful to be well enough to enjoy some delicious sweet potato pie. Thank God, because it’s that magical time of the year. The space of time from Thanksgiving until New Year, including such celebrations as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. As a spoonie mom, I try to enjoy life, some good health days, and a bit of happiness—in whatever form I can get it. On the eve of Thanksgiving, I had three days left of my double whammy antibiotics regimen to go. Today I am grateful to be pain free. Yes, I'm following strict orders to complete all of the …

10 Inspirational Quotes on Loneliness and Solitude

When life gets unbearably hard, painful, and bleak, I tend to retreat into silence. The stress of medical flareups, financial hardships, and complicated family issues are three of my biggest triggers. Before I started blogging about my active healing journey, I suffered these setbacks alone. All by myself, along with the saltiness of my teardrops, I’d simply disconnect from the world. Now, by blogging, I'm attempting to balance my self-imposed solitude with sharing emotional vulnerability. All while maintaining a sense of dignified privacy, it ain't easy. 
But let me tell you, because of my desire to be a good mother, simply retreating wasn’t easy to do either. The fact is, it was extremely difficult. Navigating my life as the single mother of a vibrant, optimistic, brilliant and extroverted child, I always knew how much she needed me in order to thrive. So, I took to only hiding out in between events, ceremonies, programs, pageants, and much more. Otherwise, every single day…

Why This Spoonie Mom Refuses to Give Up Coffee

Living with chronic illness means learning how to deal with a whole lot of loss. It's bad enough I had to give up a career that I loved, bowling on a league, and hobbies that brought me joy. When it came to making those decisions, I didn't really have a choice. But, I'm chronically sick, not dead and have to draw the line somewhere. So, there’s no way I'm giving up the sheer pleasure I get from enjoying a hot cup of java. Just the smell of it makes me a happier human. I'm aware that this may all sound petty, especially if you're not a coffee lover. But, for this month's A Chronic Voice writing prompt linkup party--I'm sharing why this spoonie mom refuses to give up coffee. 

I love the easygoing way this LinkUp invites us to approach any topic that we feel compelled to share. Writing about my thoughts each month has become quite helpful in my active healing journey. Not only do I get pretty excited about reading posts written by other spoonie bloggers, bu…

Thankful Thursday: Rest in Perfect Peace Congressman Elijah Cummings

Talk about living with invisible illness and pushing through on a daily basis. Today, the world lost a fearless fighter who also just happened to be one of our gentlest of souls. Congressman, Elijah Cummings, serving Baltimore's 7th District and the entire country, succumbed to what his office referred to as "long standing health challenges." May he rest in perfect peace. Referring to his own wise words, I find a small amount of comfort knowing he is "dancing with the angels" now.  Representative Cummings was what a true American hero looks like and sounds like. I actually met him once at the airport in Washington, DC., and I was totally enamored with him in the sense of admiration. That he would even give me a second glance and a "how do you do?" is beyond me. His level of grace, eloquence, conviction, and dignity are hard to find in a politician, let alone a mere human being. His life was spent, to the very last minute, fighting for those unable to…

Wordless Wednesday: It's Halloween Candy Season

Now...because it's okay for some people to love candy corn, sweet treats, and other traditional Halloween candy favorites--in moderation...

DEXA Bone Density Scan Day: What to Expect

So, you've been told that you need a Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry, or DEXA for short. Possibly, you are at risk for osteoporosis, a metabolic bone disease. It is characterized by low bone mass, which makes bones fragile and susceptible to fracture (broken bone).You may be thinking about cost, whether your insurance will authorize the test and is it covered, whether it will hurt, and a host of other things. While I don't have all the answers, today I'm sharing about my own personal DEXA bone density scan day and what to expect when it's your time.  Straight away, please take a deep breath, it's going to be okay. Although it sounds a bit scary, a bone density test is a simple, non-invasive study which measures bone mineral density for osteoporosis and fracture risk.

It literally took about fifteen minutes for the entire scan of my lumbar spine and both of my hips. In fact, it took less than the time it took me to check in, get registered for the exam by the plea…