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Partners in Healing

Not long ago, I received a phone call from a new doctor who came to me on referral. My husband often jokes that, for my doctors, accepting a referral to be a part of my medical team is not really a bonus! But this nice woman physician was one of those lucky (or unlucky) enough […]

The Shame Game

Years ago, I sat in a yoga workshop and, as is common practice, the instructor went around the room asking the participants if we had any health concerns that she should be aware of or issues that we would like to work on. When it was my turn, I shared that I have lupus and […]

Living in the Present

I’m a big fan of Gretchen Rubin and her book, The Happiness Project. While waiting for my nails to dry one day (something I’m never very patient about), I pulled out my smartphone and visited her website. There I found a description of her 12 Personal Commandments, which are basically her core values. Since only […]

The Healing Power of Nature

If we are friends on Facebook (cindyconey) or you have liked my public page (Cindyconeyfla), you have seen many, many sunrise pictures posted. I just can’t help myself. In our new home, I am fortunate enough to get to walk along Old Tampa Bay each morning. There is just something incredibly magical about the early […]

A Victor, Not a Victim

I heard the word victim on a television show my husband and I were watching the other night and it got me thinking about the powerlessness the word implies. One online dictionary defines victim as, “someone or something killed, destroyed, injured, oppressed, or otherwise harmed by, or suffering from, some act, condition, or circumstance:

The Artist Within

I have heard it said that we are all artists, that each of us possesses a special talent. Having taught school to little ones and raised two daughters, I do know that we are all born with a creative spirit. If you don’t believe me, give a room full of five year olds some finger […]

Chronically Conscientious

I am the first born, high achieving girl in our family. Thus, I came blessed with a double dose of the conscientiousness gene. My brother was lucky enough to get a second helping of the mechanical gene; meaning, don’t ever ask me to fix something. If unplugging it doesn’t solve it, I’m flat out of […]

Worry Warts

I never know why things pop into my brain, but this morning the term worry wart appeared. It’s such a funny expression that I just had to look up the origin. I discovered that “Worry Wart” was the name of a cartoon character created by J.R. Williams for a popular newspaper comic strip called “Out […]

Leaving Lupus Behind

When we moved to our new home my husband and I made a decision not to bring things we would not need. We agreed not to rent a storage unit to hold an overflow of possessions. I read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and even tried to look at each object as […]

A Patient or a Person?

I’ve never been one of those people who insist on being called a person with lupus instead of a lupus patient; it was a categorical distinction that didn’t resonate with me. However, recently as I was out walking Busy Brain decided to mull over this these labels and their significance. It all began while listening […]