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The Last Shift

The Last Shift

If you’ve been following my blog since before October 2016 or so, you might remember that I attempted to return to work on October 24th, six weeks after my brain surgery. You may also remember that it was a complete disaster and I have been unable to work since. But since that was a one-off failure, I don’t count that day as my last day of work. The day that gets that designation in my book is June 10th. That’s…

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Is My Illness My Fault?

Is My Illness My Fault?

For me, 2016 was the year of the surgeries and bizarre diagnoses. Three surgeries, to be exact, spanning over a period of four months. Once the surgeries were over, I thought that once I had an adequate recovery period, I would be back to normal. I’d be able to return to work, from which I’d had to take an extended leave of absence, and I could put the entire year behind me as a gargantuan fluke. But it was not…

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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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In Which People I’ve Never Met Become My Friends

In Which People I’ve Never Met Become My Friends

I’ve always been a difficult person to be friends with. And I’m not easy to love. Although life didn’t start out that way. One day in pre-school, my mom was shocked to see me sitting at a table with all the little boys in the class crowding around me, the only girl at the table. If only I had such admiration ten years later! In all seriousness, I think a lot of my friend-making difficulty stems from my social anxiety,…

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“O, You of Little Faith…”

“O, You of Little Faith…”

via Daily Prompt: Doubt “…why did you doubt?” Right now I’m full of doubt. What a cliche beginning. And yet, it is the truth. I can’t predict the future. I don’t know what the Lord has in store for me. He’s started dropping hints again after a week’s silence following what happened just recently, which likely means something is going to happen again. You doubt, don’t you? Let me tell you a story.

The I Dare You Tag

The I Dare You Tag

I found this fun-looking and thought-provoking tag over at bluchickenninja (you should totally check out her blog) and decided to tag myself! Anything to distract me from the daily grind of my myriad of chronic illnesses. 1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest? Audition¬†by Michael Shurtleff. It was gifted to me by my high school musical theater director when I graduated in 2004. She was devastated that I decided not to go into theater, but gave me…

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Happy Endo-Versary!

Happy Endo-Versary!

Today is my two-year endo-versary! What the heck is that? It’s been two years to the day since I underwent excision surgery at the Center for Endometriosis Care¬†(CEC) in Atlanta, by the awesome Dr. Sinervo! You may be thinking, isn’t it kind of silly to celebrate the anniversary of a surgical procedure? In a word…no. Wouldn’t a patient in heart failure celebrate the anniversary of the day they received a heart transplant? That’s what it’s like for those of us…

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Nocturnal Musings #13: Tired and Wired

Nocturnal Musings #13: Tired and Wired

Have you ever been overwhelmed by something after the fact? You go through something, and it’s over, but when it’s afterwards and you really start thinking about it, it becomes overwhelming? In the words of Tony Stark… My life feels like that right now. It’s 3:30 am and I can’t sleep. I’m dead tired because I’ve been dead tired since the surgery last week. But sleep seems so far away at the moment. Plus we have a thunderstorm about to…

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Pre-Op Essentials for Post-Op Success

Pre-Op Essentials for Post-Op Success

I’ve been through a few surgeries in my life. Four to be exact, five if you include wisdom teeth (which I don’t, since I was awake and remember the whole thing). And I’m about to undergo another one in a month, this time the most complicated of them all, brain surgery. I thought I’d make a list of what I’ve learned about what you can do prior to surgery (if you are able) to make your post-op recovery as stress-free…

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Why?

Why?

As yet another month of 2016 begins and the summer ebbs on, I am left to reflect. Sorry, it’s just something I do late at night, and it’s late at night here in northeast Ohio. Or actually, really early in the morning. My previous post July-A Month in Review was a reflection on all the happenings of the month of July, as it was quite an eventful month. Deciding to have brain surgery, then having a different surgery a few…

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