Excuse Me. You Diagnosed Me With What?

You know those moments? The ones that alter your perspective so totally that your life is irrevocably changed?

I had one of those a few weeks ago.

Let me set the stage.

If you kept up with my Acts of Bravery challenge—one brave act every day—then you know I’ve had some health issues. Health issues I believed to be related to celiac disease. I’d tried everything to keep it under control—diet, exercise, mentally beating myself up—short of going to the doctor. But after another flare up so severe I missed my kids’ robotics tournament (my son’s last before he graduated high school) lying in bed with screaming gut pain, I realized I needed an expert’s help. … More Excuse Me. You Diagnosed Me With What?

Acts of Bravery Guest Post: How Wonder Woman Band-Aids + Cheesy Theme Songs = Bravery

“This is going to make such a hilarious story!” At least, that’s what I tell myself when I have the choice to be brave or to bail out.

My second-grade teacher called me abnormally shy. She encouraged my mom to put me in a few clubs so I could learn social skills. My mom was astonished . . . … More Acts of Bravery Guest Post: How Wonder Woman Band-Aids + Cheesy Theme Songs = Bravery

Thankfulness in the Midst of Loss and Easter

Until three years ago, I couldn’t understand why people hated the holidays. I got it in theory. No family, bad memories, loss, loss, loss. Of course it sucked for those people, but I still had my family and life was lovely.

Now I get it.

But can I tell you how tired I am of the sting of loss during what should be happy times? … More Thankfulness in the Midst of Loss and Easter

Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #2 Body, Mind, Spirit

I’m disconnected from my body.

Settle down. I’m not practicing astro travel or having out-of-body experiences. I’ve just disconnected, disassociated. I don’t listen to its basic needs. I don’t rest it. I don’t feed it right. I push it to exhaustion, then drink caffeine to get more done. I stress it out. And I work it too much.

Then, I get mad at it when it gets sick. … More Self-Caring Your Way Out of the Pit of Despair: Step #2 Body, Mind, Spirit