My Life

Busy-ness

It's been such a busy week! I don't want to neglect my renewed commitment to blog, so here are four quick updates for you: If you aren't aware, or haven't yet liked my Facebook page, please know that I post there almost daily, including #100DaysOfGratitude and #365PhotoChallenge. Today I did a bit more, including sharing my process and… Continue reading Busy-ness

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

Miscellaneous

Advocacy–Everyone can do Something

Recently a friend made a comment about all the advocacy tweets, posts, pictures, etc. on social media. She was annoyed and tired of it, and trying to figure out how to block it all. As I was chatting with her about the different forms advocacy took, she also wondered aloud what the purpose was of… Continue reading Advocacy–Everyone can do Something

Getting Healthy, My Life, Writerly Life

Creating with Disabilities

"It was a dark and stormy night..." is the opening phrase of Bulwer-Lytton's Paul Clifford (1830), and since then popular culture and the literati have either praised it as the best hook or mocked it as the worst first line and an example of what not to do. Here in North Texas, a dark and… Continue reading Creating with Disabilities

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…

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