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Two Frightening Medication Side Effects I’ve Experienced

Two Frightening Medication Side Effects I’ve Experienced

I’ve taken a number of medications throughout my life. Currently, I take 17 different medications to control the symptoms of my numerous chronic illnesses. It therefore stands to reason that I’ve experienced side effects from time to time. Some side effects are expected; opioid pain medications cause constipation, midodrine gives me headaches, aspirin causes frequent nosebleeds and my skin to occasionally blossom into bruises when I get clumsy. But some side effects are unexpected and can be downright frightening in…

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Dear 2018: Please Be Gentle

Dear 2018: Please Be Gentle

I enjoy when a new year rolls around. I feel free to try new things and get myself back on track with life in general. But to be honest, I’m quite apprehensive about 2018. We watched the ball drop in Times Square at midnight (from the comfort of our 68°F house instead of the 10°F outdoors). As we toasted each other with champagne, David pointed out that even-numbered years tended to be better for him. It was then that I…

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Six Things I Wish I’d Known About Endometriosis

Six Things I Wish I’d Known About Endometriosis

If you’ve followed my blog for any period of time, you’re likely familiar with the fact that I have endometriosis. To be honest, of all my chronic illnesses, it’s the one I feel most passionate about. Despite being a very common condition, it’s not one for which education is exactly stellar. It’s a disease most people have never heard of. When a diagnosis of endometriosis is given to a woman, most of the time she has no idea what it is…

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Sick Beauty Standards

Sick Beauty Standards

“But you don’t look sick.” A statement so many people with chronic illness are tired of hearing. Say that to someone with a chronic illness and what they’ll really want to do is slap you upside the head and say, “That’s because I spent 20 minutes perfecting my face this morning!” Honestly, we all know makeup can turn anyone into a beauty; that’s what it was invented for! A little foundation can hide some blemishes and even out your skin…

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When Your Depression Is Invalidated

When Your Depression Is Invalidated

One of the worst feelings you can experience as a chronically ill person is invalidation. It’s not necessarily that others don’t believe you (although that is also a tremendous problem and a discussion for another time), but that they either don’t see or don’t understand how much your illness(es) impact your daily life. Especially when mental health plays a role in your battles. And what makes it even more frustrating? When that invalidation comes from healthcare professionals. When, to their…

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Share Your World: May 22, 2017

Share Your World: May 22, 2017

This will be a weekly post of the most random of random questions to answer- to share my world! Thanks to Cee’s blog for being the brainchild behind this! What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? Have children. This is a painful struggle we’ve been dealing with for over three years due to major health issues on my part.

Maybe This Time…

Maybe This Time…

There are many days on the calendar that are a challenge for infertile women. Christmas for sure, when all you want is to see the new little stocking hanging with the others for the first time. Halloween is despised, as you throw up your hands at seeing one more infant in a cuddly, warm lion costume. (Last year I sat in the bedroom with earphones on while my husband passed out the candy.) But there is no holiday out there…

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Give Your Heart a Break

Give Your Heart a Break

One more time around the sun, one more time passing through National Infertility Awareness Week as an unintentionally childless woman. I guess you could say this is my third time. It’s an understatement to say that a lot has gotten in the way of my attempts to become a mom. In 2014, not long after we had starting trying to get pregnant, my battle with endometriosis took the forefront. Within a span of six months, I was hospitalized, diagnosed, and…

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Things We Lost in the Fire

Things We Lost in the Fire

“Things we lost to the flame Things we’ll never see again All that we’ve amassed Sits before us, shattered into ash…” Things We Lost in the Fire (Bastille)   As Esther Smith said in her excellent book, When Chronic Pain and Illness Take Everything Away, “Grief is the process by which we actively release all that we feel, question, and remember at the feet of God and the people He has placed in our lives.” At the end of the second…

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