Reading and Writing

Using SRT and Intentional Blogging

This is my first blog post using speech recognition technology (SRT) as my means of writing. After posting a picture of my notebook and workspace by the pool last week, I received a comment expressing surprise that I still wrote by hand. How fortunate are we today that we have so many tools at our disposal,… Continue reading Using SRT and Intentional Blogging

Getting Healthy

Great Challenges Require Great Champions

I have lots of great ideas, and thanks to my love of research, I have more information and trivia stored in my head than is probably good for me. What I have always struggled with is self-discipline. I was one of those fortunate kids who had a lot of interests and talents, so I was able… Continue reading Great Challenges Require Great Champions

ServiceDogs

No, you may not pet my Service Dog…

...but thanks for asking. In case you can't read it, Gizmo has a sign on his harness that says "SERVICE DOG do not distract." Have you ever wondered why? I know I did before I was partnered with my half lab/half guardian angel. I am amazed at how often complete strangers see my service dog (SD)… Continue reading No, you may not pet my Service Dog…

Getting Healthy

Top Ten Things YOUNG Stroke Survivors wish you knew:

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and this is my annual post on the topic since, as my regular readers know, I am a stroke survivor myself. I am part of an online support group for Young Stroke Survivors, and last night a member opened a discussion by asking what we wanted people to know about… Continue reading Top Ten Things YOUNG Stroke Survivors wish you knew:

Biblical Bits, Getting Healthy

Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood

I've suffered from chronic and invisible illnesses since I was a teenager. Migraines at 15, endometriosis at 17, back issues thanks to a car accident in college, Crohn's Disease and Anylosing Spondylitis in my 20s, and then strokes which are probably symptomatic of a larger neurological disorder in my late 30s. I have frustrated family,… Continue reading Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood

Getting Healthy

It’s a Migraine Hangover kind of day…

One of my goals for 2014 is to post to my blog every Monday and Thursday. I have been dealing with a migraine since Friday evening, so you can consider this an act of sheer will or foolishness. If you read and judge this post, just keep in mind that I suffer chronic migraines and… Continue reading It’s a Migraine Hangover kind of day…

ServiceDogs

Tips for Traveling with a Service Dog

Gizmo and I have been partnered for two years, and during that time we've done planes, trains, automobiles, and hotels in the course of our travels. I get asked a lot of questions by curious dog lovers as well as new Service Dog (SD) partners. Since we just returned from a working vacation that included… Continue reading Tips for Traveling with a Service Dog

Getting Healthy

Life after Stroke: What I have Learned

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and various organizations using social media have been doing an excellent job getting out information regarding warnings and symptoms related to stroke. I would like to use this post to flesh out some of those thoughts, and remark on some of the most prevalent comments and myths I hear… Continue reading Life after Stroke: What I have Learned

ServiceDogs

Dog Lovers, please read

“You’ll have to excuse me; I’m a dog lover…” I hate that sentence. I have learned that what follows is going to be problematic. This “dog lover” will invariably start petting Gizmo while commenting that the WORKING DOG—DO NOT PET sign on his vest doesn’t apply to dog lovers, will want to tell me about… Continue reading Dog Lovers, please read

ServiceDogs

Gizmo at the Museum

Gizmo and I spent Wednesday providing training for the museum personnel and enjoying the exhibits. It was a great day, but long and exhausting. We taught them about the different types of service dogs, the ADA and TX HR-121 regulations, and discussed points of etiquette for dealing with people who are disabled and their service… Continue reading Gizmo at the Museum