Show me some love.

When I think of February I think of love.  On February 14, many will celebrate love by doing something special for the one they love and adore.  Most have no problem showing their love and affection to others, but not themselves.  When you live with chronic pain, it is hard to love ourselves, especially ourContinue reading “Show me some love.”

Recovering from a nonexistent workout

  You know or remember the feeling you had after a really intense workout?  The aching muscles, sore joints, and fatigue?  Imagine feeling like just because there was a shift in the weather.  Welcome to my week.  Weather plays an important role in my physical comfort.  A change in the weather can cause more pain to my bodyContinue reading “Recovering from a nonexistent workout”

I would probably die

I wouldn’t find this funny if it weren’t for my quirky sense of humor. But it is true, if I had to run for my life I probably would die. Thanks to permanent nerve damage in one leg and muscle weakness due to my chronic conditions, the chances of my being able to run toContinue reading “I would probably die”

Shrimp Pesto Pizza

Looking for an easy yet absolutely delightful dish to make for dinner tonight?  Then you will love this recipe for a shrimp pesto pizza.  I had my first shrimp pest pizza when I visited San Francisco.  Soon after arriving home I decided to try making my own.  I purchased ingredients by memory of the oneContinue reading “Shrimp Pesto Pizza”

My San Francisco Adventure

Having never been to San Francisco I was more than excited to join my husband on his business trip.  Because this was a business trip I knew there wouldn’t be much time for site seeing, but I didn’t care.  I am just thrilled to have had the opportunity to see and taste as much ofContinue reading “My San Francisco Adventure”

The Year of Christmas

**UPDATE** October, 31, 2016 While my friends and family are stressing over trying to figure out when they are going to have either or both the time or energy to put up their trees and decorate for Christmas, I am relaxed and ready to partake in loads of holiday fun!  The year of Christmas hasContinue reading “The Year of Christmas”

Wheelchair storage war

Scroll down for update. Original post: I have only been using my wheelchair full time outside of my house for a year and a half.  It has only been in the past few months that I have had a serious storage issue.  Instead of everyone holding/carrying their own jackets and backpacks they are using myContinue reading “Wheelchair storage war”

#DDSmileChallenge

This year’s resolution is to find at minimum, ONE reason to smile everyday.  Now some of you might think that is too easy or may not understand why this is such a big deal.  Yes it may seem easy, but when you are battling pain on a daily basis is can be extremely difficult.  ThisContinue reading “#DDSmileChallenge”

Reflections of a magical year

 2014 has definitely been a magical year for me.  No I was not cured nor was my pain less than normal.  What made this past year magical was that I allowed myself to have fun!  Living in pain means having very few days with a pain level low enough to tackle all the things thatContinue reading “Reflections of a magical year”

I resolve to SMILE

  Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  I used to and actually kept some.  Then chronic pain entered my life.  Since my resolutions usually required some sort of self discipline I ended up giving up making them.  With my body and mind being punished by pain on a daily basis I couldn’t handle adding moreContinue reading “I resolve to SMILE”

Just in time for Christmas

Wouldn’t it be great if we knew when a flare was going to hit and how long it was going to last?  But that’s not the reality that my chronically ill friends and I live with. As I write this we are 11 days from Christmas and my spine is throbbing with pain. I shouldContinue reading “Just in time for Christmas”

There is no such thing as a simple cold.

For those of us that live with chronic pain and illnesses, there is no such thing as a simple cold.  A so called simple cold will knock me down like the flu knocks down an average person.  This is just one reason why I am such a freak about germs. When in a room fullContinue reading “There is no such thing as a simple cold.”

One Flare at a Time

Sometimes I struggle to accept my age.  It is not because I fear growing older or that I think we are defined by a number.  I struggle with my age because I really don’t feel that old.  Instead of looking back at a year filled with activities I see one or two events every soContinue reading “One Flare at a Time”

Best gift

What is the best gift you can give yourself this holiday season?  Try the gift of simplicity.  Long ago I would transform my home decor from one holiday to the next.  Each room went through a complete transformation.  This included the kitchen and bathrooms.  I am pretty sure the laundry room was the only oneContinue reading “Best gift”

Surviving Thanksgiving

Woo hoo!!! I survived another Thanksgiving!!!  I know most people feel this way, but chronic pain makes attending or hosting gatherings so much harder.  Thankfully I realized early on that I would be too busy the weeks prior to Thanksgiving to know better than to host this years Thanksgiving dinner.  I was even happier whenContinue reading “Surviving Thanksgiving”

Down’s and Disneyland

Last week my brother in-law, Tim,  came to California to spend some time at Disneyland with my husband, daughter, and me.  My brother in -law is not your typical 40 something man, he has Down’s Syndrome.  This mini vacation is the second that my husband and I have had with him at Disneyland.  The firstContinue reading “Down’s and Disneyland”

One flare at a time

Living with chronic pain is not easy.. Some days are better than others, those are my good days. Those were the days when I would run myself ragged trying to catch up on and do all that I was unable to do while stuck in bed due to a severe flare. My down days were spent feeling guiltyContinue reading “One flare at a time”

Month of Thanksgiving

All over social media people are sharing what they are thankful for each day during the month of November.  Because I always forget to post what I am thankful for and then feel the need to throw a bunch into one post, I decided that the easiest way would be to post all 30 daysContinue reading “Month of Thanksgiving”

More tests, less answers

The quest to figure out what is causing the pain in my belly is taking much longer than I had expected.  Of course not being able to poop in a timely manner didn’t help either.  So far an ultrasound revealed a mass in my liver.  Then like magic, the mass was no where to beContinue reading “More tests, less answers”

Pets that detect illnesses

Meet Dr. Rocky. I am sure you have heard at least one story about how a dog or cat detected cancer or another health issue in their owners.  I have three cats, only one of them believes he has the power to heal me or at least to point out the area where the sourceContinue reading “Pets that detect illnesses”

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