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Island of Depression

Note to readers– I wrote this post in November of 2014. It has been sitting in a file labeled “Blogs Ready to Post” for almost 4 years. I have to admit that I never published it because, like so many others, I was a bit ashamed of acknowledging that I once suffered from depression. I […]

A Plan: What Matters Most to Patients

Okay, I’ll admit it; I obviously like a plan. Since my lupus diagnosis several decades ago, I have lovingly referred to my “new normal” (although not too new to me now!) as my Plan B life. Plan A did not include a chronic illness and Plan B does. I never thought too much about my […]

Rare Medical Complications: Nonexistent or Unreported?

This is a cautionary tale about rare medical complications. As many people who follow my blog posts know, I had spinal surgery in mid-December. After undergoing many, many procedures including prior surgery, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, yoga and every other therapeutic modality you can think of, it was the consensus of my doctors that

3 Ways to Comfort a Sick Friend

“Of all the virtues we can learn, no trait is more useful, more essential for survival, and more likely to improve the quality of life than the ability to transform adversity into an enjoyable challenge.”  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Psychologist and author of Flow: The Psychology of Happiness I first read the above quote in a little […]

It’s the Little Things

This morning I went for a walk around my neighborhood. In my younger and pre-lupus days, I was a runner. Post-lupus diagnosis, I became a walker. One of the things in life that makes me happy is a morning walk. I enjoy being outdoors, seeing the beauty that nature has to offer and also getting […]

Today’s Smile

Four years ago, about two weeks before the holidays, I went to the mall (my mistake) and got caught up in all of the hustle and bustle. Someone cut me off to get the perfect parking space and another rushed past to get ahead as I approached the cashier to pay for my purchase. It […]

My Incredible Shrinking Life

I made an amazing discovery the other day; my life has gotten smaller. Now, you are probably thinking, “What does she mean?” and “How could you not notice your life shrinking?” I’ve been described as wildly optimistic and positive, personality traits that perhaps contributed to my lack of awareness about my shrinking life. I’ve focused […]

My Birthday, Something to Celebrate

How I love to celebrate my birthday! In case you missed one of the billboards I jokingly refer to placing, it’s today, October 10th and I am thrilled to be sixty-two years old. People often ask why my birthday is so important to me. It’s an easy explanation. In 1980, I was diagnosed with lupus. […]

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

“Not all who wander are lost.” Attributed to J.R.R. Tolkien, this is perhaps my favorite quote because I have a terrible sense of direction. When I’m with my parents, favorite tales around the family dinner table often revolve around the time after I got my driver’s license at age sixteen. My family would see me […]