illness

Vasovagal: My Stress Reaction Explained

Those who know me must wonder why insist on low stress and drama free in my online spaces. In the past I have only been able to say that drama and stress make me very sick. I think I finally have an actual medical explanation. It is nice to know to put a name to it.

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How To Do a Meal Train

Over the past few years, I've been blessed with having a number of wonderfully, awesome friends who have helped and provided food when my health got really complicated. Those experiences gave me some insight into how to provide a meal for someone so that it's as little stress as possible. My sister-in-law is in labor… Continue reading How To Do a Meal Train

featured, illness, parenthood

I’m a Real Mom: Coming to Grips with Disabled Motherhood

I got up before my children this morning and made breakfast for them.   This happens about 3 or 4 times a year.   I usually don't have the energy to do this.   Mornings are not my best time of day. Today --for just a little while-- I felt like a real mom. The… Continue reading I’m a Real Mom: Coming to Grips with Disabled Motherhood

illness, marriage

He Still Loves Me

I was moody, assertive, and difficult. He loved me anyway. I suffered from postpartum psychosis. He loved me anyway. I had episodes of hoarding behavior He loved me anyway. I suffered for multiple bleeding disorders. He loved me anyway. I got so sick I couldn't cook and clean. He loved me anyway. I went from… Continue reading He Still Loves Me

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A Message to the Healthy from the Chronically Ill

Trying to explain to someone who's perfectly healthy why I have to think through every commitment. Why everything has to be weighed against the emotional, psychological, and physical cost. Why things that don't stress normal people stress me. Has been very challenging. The person I was dealing with today was not being very kind about… Continue reading A Message to the Healthy from the Chronically Ill

illness, weight

From Immobile to Mobile: a 20-week Exercise Plan for the Obese and Chronically Ill

I've been pretty open on the blog about the seriousness of my health problems and my struggle with my weight. Most recently we are looking into a possible Lyme Disease diagnosis. Among the plethora of my undiagnosed symptoms are disorientation and dizziness. That, combined with weakness and anemia has made exercise of any kind very… Continue reading From Immobile to Mobile: a 20-week Exercise Plan for the Obese and Chronically Ill

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What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Got Sick

When I first got sick, we had no idea what was wrong. I thought everything from cancer to bipolar. I felt so very alone and misunderstood. On a group for moms who struggle with illness (mental health and physical health), someone asked me what I wished that someone had told me when I was first… Continue reading What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Got Sick

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10 Things I Miss Now That I’m Chronically Ill

1) Eating whatever I want and not taking my own food everywhere, not constantly worrying about what I eat or if I'll react to what I eat 2) Following through with promises, plans, and obligations without canceling: I miss seeming like a stand-up person 3) Sleeping regularly, soundly, and predictable, not 9 hours from 2… Continue reading 10 Things I Miss Now That I’m Chronically Ill

charts, illness

Health Cycle, Updated Chart

After yesterday’s post about the weight loss cycle, my friends and I talked about the fact that this cycle occurs in many aspects of health issues. So, I redid the chart to be broader and generically cover health problems. It is so true. It is so hard to not get discouraged and give up on… Continue reading Health Cycle, Updated Chart

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Chronic Illness Weight Loss Cycle

I’ve noticed a pattern when dealing with weight loss and dieting. Especially for those of us with chronic health issues. There is nothing more frustrating than to eat healthier and try harder than anyone you know and still not lose weight. I have noticed that eventually, I will burn out from eating healthy and will… Continue reading Chronic Illness Weight Loss Cycle