Getting Healthy

5 Keys to Living with Migraine

37 million Americans, over 100 million people worldwide, live with migraine. Some suffer episodic attacks, occurring once or twice a year, and others like myself are chronic migraineurs, whose attacks occur many times per month. Within the migraine diagnosis, there are a number of types of migraine. What all have in common is that migraine… Continue reading 5 Keys to Living with Migraine

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Take-aways from the Influence and Impact Summit

I love to learn! I often tell my students that no day is wasted if you learn three new things. I try to live by that also. These days, learning for me takes the form of reading, researching, listening to podcasts, and watching videos. This past week I was fortunate to attend the online Influence… Continue reading Take-aways from the Influence and Impact Summit

Getting Healthy

Answering the Weight-Loss Questions

Some of you have commented about my weight-loss. As of January 2014, I had lost 78 pounds. Many have asked how I did it, so here's the facts. No judgement or preaching, just sharing my story and what worked for me. I'm adding links so you can check out the references, if you so desire. I grew… Continue reading Answering the Weight-Loss Questions

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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:

Writerly Life

What I Wish I’d Known Then…

I found FundsForWriters over three years ago when I became disabled and started considering writing as a new career option. Since then I have followed C. Hope Clark through her websites (see the links below), blog, and Facebook. I have learned much from her and am always encouraged. Today I am excited that Hope Clark offered to… Continue reading What I Wish I’d Known Then…

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No Need to Write Alone

I was recently trying to help a friend who found herself in a rough spot. She kept telling me she had no ideas and was terrified of what was going to happen, yet every suggestion I made she responded to by saying she wasn’t comfortable asking that person for help, or she didn’t want to… Continue reading No Need to Write Alone

Stuff of Mystery

Researching WWII Children

I am the first to admit that I can justify almost any form of procrastination, but my hands-down favorite is research! This became such a problem while in graduate school that one of my professors made me parrot "It's not done, it's only due" every time she saw me about campus. I had missed too many… Continue reading Researching WWII Children

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NaNoWriMo 2013…Lessons Learned

This was my second attempt at NaNoWriMo, and my second loss. Technically it was a loss since I didn't complete the 50,000 words in thirty days challenge.  I learned a lot, however, and definitely do not feel like a loser. I don't feel like a winner, but I am learning skills and techniques that will… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2013…Lessons Learned

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DIY Writer’s Retreat Debriefing

"That Perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library."  ~~Aprha Behn I have now been home for two weeks from my DIY Writer's Retreat, and as this is the eve of NaNoWriMo, it's the perfect time to reflect on what I set out to… Continue reading DIY Writer’s Retreat Debriefing

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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