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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

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Several years ago, Maureen Pratt earned her Master of Fine Arts in Theater Arts/Playwriting from UCLA's School of Theater, FIlm and Television. She expected to be writing scripts. God had other plans.

A few years after her graduation, Maureen was diagnosed with a life-threatening case of organ-involved lupus. Her life turned upside down as she grappled with the effects of the illness and other health conditions that ensued. She was no stranger to serious health challenges; even as a child, Maureen had survived numerous bouts of pneumonia, flu, and other infections. But lupus made her take a fresh look at her life goals - and took herlifelong, strong Catholic Christian faith and writing in a direction she'd never imagined.

Today, Maureen writes and speaks about walking with the Lord while living with chronic pain and illness. She is the author of six books, including, "Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain & Illness" (Image Books/Randomhouse), "Beyond Pain: Job, Jesus, and Joy" (Twenty-Third Publications), "The First Year: Hypothyroidism, Second Edition" (Perseus) and "Taking Charge of Lupus: How to Manage the Disease and Make the Most of Your LIfe." She writes the syndicated column, "Living Well," for Catholic News Service, and has also written for Saint Anthony Messenger Magazine, Journey for Women Magazine, The Upper Room Magazine, LupusNow, and Arthritis Today. Maureen's health continues to be a challenge, however she feels honored to be able to bring her perspective, from experience and knowledge, to others.

"Good Days...Bad Days with Maureen Pratt" is a new way for Maureen to reach people who carry the burden of illness and pain in their lives, or who care for someone who does. Through the blog, she hopes to bring issues of health, wellness, and spirit into focus and, especially, inspire others that, no matter what health challenges, illness, or hardships they endure, each person can find a good way to realize the wonderful potential God has placed within each heart and soul.

Chronic Illness and Pain: Sisters, Please Read This!

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f you have just been diagnosed with a serious chronic illness, or if you have been living with one for a long time, I just want to take time out to just say something, sister-to-sister:  Please do not be angry […]

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Chronic Illness: Do You Wonder? And, Why It Matters

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The clouds in the sky. A flash of lightning. A baby’s giggle. A “common” cold. When you see or hear these things, do you disect them scientifically? Or, do you wonder? What are the things in your life that you […]

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Chronic Pain: Feeling the Heat?

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Searing. Exhausting. Oppressive. These and other words are often used to describe the high heat of the summertime. And they’re also words that we use to describe pain, especially the kind of pain that is chronic and unrelenting. This summer […]

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Chronic Illness: The Choices We Make

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It might not seem as if we have many choices when our priority is to stave off flares, infections, and other consequences of living with a chronic illness. But there are some things over which we have control, and one […]

Chronic Pain: While We Are Sleeping

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When our pain is severe, it can be difficult to sleep. Even if we’re able to doze, we often awaken with pain, and those wee hours can stretch onward, bringing more anxiety and, yes, more pain. But some of that […]

TLC Tuesday: Make your blah day good!

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In between a “bad” day and a “good” day, there can be a “blah” day. Often, these are the kind of days where everything seems the same as every other day – same waking time, same breakfast, same closet full […]

Good and Bad Days!

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“Are you having a good day?” I asked the park attendant. “A very good day,” he said, smiling broadly.  “I woke up this morning, and my car had been broken into!” I was puzzled. “That made it a good day?” […]

Chronic Illness: Shapes and Sizes, Oh, My!

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What is it with dress sizes these days? Over the past few weeks, I have fit into a size 4, 6, 8, and even a large with equal ease! I am completely befuddled as to what my “true” size is, […]

Chronic Illness: Health First

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Complete your outdoor tasks, and arrange your work in the field; afterward you can establish your house. Proverbs 24: 27 Very few of us probably work in a field these days. But there’s a resonance for us in the verses […]

Chronic Illness: Being Competitive

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When I was first diagnosed with lupus, I asked my rheumatologist if she recommended I attend a patient support group. Her answer surprised me; she said ‘no,’ and explained that the experience might frighten me or make me depressed. Eventually, […]

Chronic Pain: Far from the Maddening Crowd?

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No, it’s not a typo. I know that the book and movie are called, “Far from the Madding Crowd.” But this post is about us and groups – when we find ourselves in a crowd and it’s maddening for us […]

Counting Our Days

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More than once, I’ve heard of people to whom doctors have delivered a dire prognosis – “You have 6 months to live.”  “You have, maybe, a year.” “You have, at most, three years – the last of which will be […]

Chronic Pain and Illness: A Different Look at Ecclesiastes 3

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There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens… Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NAB) With that simple sentence begins one of the most-quoted set of verses from the Bible. We know many of them by […]

TLC Tuesday: Freshen up Your Space

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Large or small, humble or palatial, our space says a lot about us, and it also does a lot for us. At its best, our own space provides us with a haven, a place to rest and somewhere where we […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Strangers to Ourselves

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“I don’t even recognize myself!” If you have ever said this during your journey with chronic illness or pain, you’re in good company! I think, at one point or another, each of us will take a look in the proverbial […]

Connecting with God on Vacation

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We leave behind a lot when we go on vacation! Jobs, daily tasks, household chores. Alas, sometimes, too, we might leave behind an active sense of nurturing our faith, opting to skip church or gloss over our daily prayer routine. […]

Chronic Illness: Recognizing Progress, However Small

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I remember the day when, months after I was diagnosed with lupus, I could pick up a drinking glass without feeling pain in my fingers. It wasn’t a huge, “Oh, I’m cured!” moment. After all, I still had lots and […]

TLC Tuesday: Celebrate!

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When was the last time you celebrated living? Oh, not another birthday or anniversary. Not even milestones such as so many months after ending treatment or physical therapy. No, when was the last time you celebrated your God-given, blessedly wonderful […]

Chronic Pain: The Oasis in Our Hearts

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One of the most difficult things about living with chronic pain can be finding relief. Oh, yes, we work with our doctors, physical therapists, and other medical professionals to do this. But in the day-to-day, when that sharp jab makes […]

Never Enough God!

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“Leave God out of this.” “You pray too much.” “Let’s not talk about God anymore.” If any of these or similar remarks sound familiar to you, you’re not alone. I’ve heard these and many other comments throughout my life, and […]

Chronic Pain: That Awful Knot

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Ever had a knot in your stomach? Or one in your shoulder? Ever had that feeling that you were the knot, all balled up and tight and immovable? Ever felt like, “If only I could get rid of this knot […]

Chronic Illness: Harmony in Health

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As a musician, I appreciate really good harmony. When several pitches combine to create a full, complex sound, melody is transformed into something even more beautiful, and I just have to sit back, listen, and enjoy. Our lives with chronic […]

TLC Tueday: Keeping It All Together

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Sometimes, you just want to cry. But, the particular moment might not be the best. Perhaps your children need you, or your spouse is dealing with a difficult problem of his or her own. Maybe you’re at work, and the […]

Chronic Illness: The Non-Vacation Vacation

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I asked my eye doc if she was going on vacation this summer. She said she couldn’t, but she’d live vicariously through her patients who could. This got me to thinking about  how, if we’re too sick to travel, or […]

Happy Fourth of July!

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I have always loved the Fourth of July. As a student of Early American History, I especially like revisiting the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence and framing of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the remarkable men and women […]

Chronic Illness: What If You Didn’t Have God?

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Sometimes, when we’re very ill or our pain is overwhelming, we might get to the point where God seems to not exist actively in our lives. We might not be able to feel the comfort or peace we enjoy when […]

It Doesn’t Take Much to Care

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Martyrs and missionaries make astounding sacrifices each day to bring the Gospel and God’s love to others. They commit themselves to monumental tasks, knowing that they are giving their lives over to serving and, sometimes, dying for others and the […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Discerning Who to Tell What

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As we journey through our lives with chronic pain and illness, we undoubtedly will come across people who ask us “How are you?” Some are truly caring and want to be empathetic and/or reach out with help. Others are being […]

Chronic Pain: Freshening up the Daily Routine

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Like many of you, my days begin with much of the same routine, mostly involving health activity. Stretching, medications, setting up for the day ahead (sun protective clothing or not?) – it can feel as if each day begins with […]

Happy Father’s Day!

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A very happy Father’s Day to all fathers – those who are related through blood and those who act as fathers to all of us! Your strength, patience, creativity, and care are truly appreciated – and I hope that this […]

TLC Tuesday: A Little Attention

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When we consider all of the things we must do each day, we might quickly become overwhelmed. Large tasks – doctor’s appointments, job interviews, school finals, for example – and smaller ones – grocery shopping, laundry, feeding the pets – […]

Chronic Pain: Going into the Wilderness

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Ah! Wilderness! I’ve always like that title for a book or a play. Not so fond of it as a description of what it’s like to live with chronic pain. But, so often,that is what it is like. Wilderness. Stark. Deserted. […]

Memorized prayer

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These days, many people seem to shy away from memorizing anything. Historical dates, telephone numbers, and names – and many other things, too! – might be important, but in academia, “concepts” of history often win out over memorization of facts, […]

How Do We Know When God Is Smiling On Us?

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We who live with chronic illness and pain develop some mighty powerful prayer muscles! Long prayers, short prayers, shouted prayers, sobbing prayers – we’ve spoken and thought these and many others during good and bad days. And, if you’re like […]

Chronic Illness: When You Really Accomplish Something

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Oh, what a great feeling it is when you really accomplish something – despite all the challenges and setbacks that chronic illness can bring! It’s a remarkable boost, even if you’re really spent afterward, to be able to look back […]

In Prayer You Are Safe

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If you’ve ever cringed before revealing to someone a very deep, serious emotion, then you understand that stomach-churning sensation of danger just before divulging something profoundly personal. Sometimes, we might not feel we can trust the other person in whom […]

Chronic Illness: Cleaning House

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Life with a chronic illness can be cluttered quickly. There are all of those unused or partially used prescription bottles that litter our medicine drawers – oh, the ridiculousness of having to fill a whole prescription only to discover you’re […]

Chronic Illness and Lupus: The War Inside

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‘Tis the season for doctors’ appointments. Tests. Treadmills. And, oh, the dreaded “fasting bloodwork.” It’s generally fairly exhausting, and I try not to schedule more than one appointment per day (though sometimes, life doesn’t work out this way). Health news […]

Memorial Day: As We Remember

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The important thing about remembering past wars is that we use their lessons to think of ways to avoid future wars – and to act on those peace-making ways. This Memorial Day, beyond the barbecues and parties, the shopping and […]

A Praying Spirit: Too Easy?

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Is your prayer time over before you know it? Gone through the list and all finished? Sometimes, we get into a routine (yes, routines can be good, but…) and over time, our prayer life can become a bit too easy. […]

Chronic Pain: When It Seems As If You’re Playing A Losing Game

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Lately, my pain experience has been much like playing that arcade game where you hold a hammer and wait for a thing – sometimes an artificial mole, sometimes something else – to pop up from one of the many holes […]

TLC Tuesday: Accept No Substitutes!

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“I’ll go to the gym instead of taking a nap – I’ll feel more energy afterward.” “I’ll get this report done before I call a friend; I’ll have time later.” “I take this easier class instead of the hard one; […]

A Praying Spirit: One Word at a Time

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When I was a youngster, I used to be really mad that people in church seemed to rush through the prayers. “They’re going too fast,” I used to tell my mother. “They should slow down.” As I developed my own […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: All Tied Up in Ribbons?

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I noticed that the cashier at a store where I shop was wearing a red dress ribbon, for heart health. I commented on it, and she said, “Oh, yes, we had a promotion for cancer awhile ago. I like the […]

Chronic Illness: Compose Yourself!

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Wait! Wait! I’ve got it…uh…it’s…I’ve got it…Oh, no I don’t! If you have an illness where there is a component of brain fog (as with lupus and many other autoimmune illnesses), you’ve probably had the experience of trying to remember […]

TLC Tuesday: Take Competition Out of the Day

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We do it every day, although much of the time we probably don’t even think about it consciously. Yet, we compete – against against traffic, against fellow shoppers, against the clock, against the world. Even, sometimes, against ourselves (for example, […]

A Praying Spirit: Praying Sound-ly

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I’ve lived and traveled abroad, and one of the things that always made me laugh was when someone would try to communicate with someone else who did not speak his or her language. Instead of trying to use sign language […]

Lupus and the Sun and Other Light

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It happened again! I went to a restaurant and the server asked me how I kept my complexion so clear. “You have great skin,” she said. “What’s the secret?” Ah! I love that question. Not out of some kind of […]

Chronic Pain and Illness: Priorities, Priorities

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If you find it difficult to prioritize responsibilities and activities while juggling the effects of life with chronic pain and illness, you’re not alone. I do, too, and sometimes I feel akin to a circus act – wondering if I’ll […]

A Praying Spirit: Mundane Prayer

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Laundry, dishes, fixing a meal, brushing our teeth – these are “usual” parts of our day that we probably don’t give much thought to. Mundane things – and often, they are activities that we try to hurry through so that […]

Chronic Illness: Keeping Current

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Seems like each day, one or more of my apps or computer programs has to be updated. And, sometimes, a single app or program updates more than once. Of course, most times, it’s important to keep these tools updated, but […]

TLC Tuesday: It’s All Right

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Is there a Teddy Bear in your closet? On a shelf in your living room? Or, (horrible thought) in a box in storage? You know what? It’s time. Maybe past time. It’s all right to let that Teddy Bear out! […]

Earth-shaking Faith

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When I heard reports of the devastation from the earthquake in Nepal and neighboring countries, I thought of two things: I remembered a friend who had, a few years ago, climbed partway up Mt. Everest. I recalled what he had […]

A Praying Spirit: Fair Weather Prayer

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Have you ever prayed beneath the bright blue sky of God’s creation? Or knelt on soft grass and given thanks to its Creator? We might pray for rain, or for warm days to come after a hard winter. But besides […]

Chronic Illness: When You’re Just Not Pretty

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However hard we try, sometimes, in life with a chronic illness, we are just not pretty. Rashes, hair loss, weight gain or loss, bruises, swelling in places we don’t want it – oh, the list is long! And, when the […]

The Power of the Nap

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When I was first diagnosed with lupus, one of the things I learned was that the fatigue of a flare can be overwhelming. “Bone-numbing” is a description I’ve used a lot to try to help others understand how beyond-tired I […]

Chronic Pain and Illness: Who Is By Your Side?

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Long days of illness can wear on us, and often make us feel as if we are navigating choppy waters in a leaky boat all by ourselves. How well I know the feeling when I’m especially ill of the hours […]

A Praying Spirit: Do You Judge When You Pray?

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It’s easy to pray for those we love. Friends, family, neighbors, people who help us or encourage us. But, what about praying for those people who have hurt us? Or, who have committed crimes, acts of violence, or other attrocities? […]

Climbing Back, Slowly

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A few days before Easter, I caught a really bad bug. I’ll spare the details, but suffice to say, it was one of those things that we with chronic illness (especially if we’re taking immunosuppressive drugs) dread. Not only does […]

A Praying Spirit: Praying Praise

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Happy Easter – again and again! I’m just digging out of a really bad bug – one of those things that flattens you out and makes you truly appreciate the days when you’re not battling…a really bad bug! So, today, […]

Let It Out!

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Happy Easter! He Is Risen! Alleluia! Today, we meet in church and at home with friends and family, our faith communities, and we celebrate the glorious Resurrection of Our Lord! This is truly my favorite holy-day, and not only because […]

Good Friday: Walking the Walk

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I don’t think any of us enjoys the physical pain and other hurt that chronic illness brings. In fact, at times, we might absolutely detest it, wishing we were anyone other than the broken body that plagues us with constant […]

Chronic Illness, Dining Out, and Holy Thursday

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For those who are healthy, dining out can be pure pleasure. You get to select from a wide array of foods, you don’t have to labor in the kitchen to prepare your meal, and you don’t have to clean up […]

TLC Tuesday: Be Veronica

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t. Veronica is said to have lived in the first century A.D., and according to early accounts, she took pity on Jesus as he made his way to Calvary and wiped his face tenderly with her veil. Afterward, according to […]

Food For Thought: Back to Basics

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A very blessed Holy Week to you! There certainly are many bible-based movies, television programs, and other works making the rounds this week. Whether another telling of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, or other stories taken from the New or […]

A Praying Spirit: When You Don’t Feel Like Praying

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Perhaps you’re tired. Bone-weary. Angry. Deeply torn. Spiritually dry. Perhaps it’s taken a long time to admit it, but now you do. You don’t feel like praying. Are you a bad person? Sinning for saying it? Hopelessly lost? Not at […]

Just Because

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Today’s a great day to encourage yourself and others…just because. So often, we wait to express our appreciation, admiration, or pleasure to someone else. It might be a spouse who lives alongside of us, or it might be someone we […]

TLC Tuesday: All About Us

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope that, if you celebrate today, you will have a fond and festive time. Any kind of holiday centered on a particular race or ethnicity makes me think of what makes us us. I also […]

Food for Thought: Participatory Humor

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The old saying goes, “Laughter is contagious,” and so often, we discover that’s true. Someone in a meeting starts to giggle. He or she happens to glance over at a coworker, and that person “catches” the giggle, tries to stifle […]

A Praying Spirit: Pray It Aloud

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Today, we think of it as speaking in our regular tone and volume, but did you know that an archaic meaning for the word “aloud” is “singing with joy?”  For this post, I’d like to suspend our contemporary understanding of […]

Chronic Illness: Waiting?

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The last time you went into a bad flare, did you wait to go to the doctor? Wait until someone said, “Gee, you really don’t look all that good.” or, worse, “I’m taking you to the doctor NOW! you’ve waited […]

TLC Tuesday: Important Fashion News

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So, spring is coming (yes, truly it is!) and we’re beginning to see what’s going to be in fashion during the warmer months. But, if you live with a serious illness or other major responsibility, you might cringe a bit […]

Food for Thought: Focusing the Lens

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So many times, we go through the day without a clear focus. Not that we don’t understand what we should be doing, or the way to accomplish the tasks before us. Nor do I think that we speak in jibberish […]

A Praying Spirit: Discerning Gifts

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As we move into springtime, many of us will undergo life transitions. Perhaps you are completing a significant part of your education, anticipating the workforce and “digging in” to a career. Or, maybe, you are looking forward to your wedding […]

Chronic Illness: The Beautiful Thing About Life

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I know, I know! How well I know! It can be difficult to imagine that life with chronic illness is beautiful. Those of you living the life, you understand what I’m saying. Those who aren’t, well, I’ll spare you the […]

TLC Tuesday: Thaw Out!

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For many people, this winter has been brutal. Snow, ice, and, especially, frigid temperatures. Many people have been without power, help to clear mountains of snow, and low on food and other supplies. As we think about spring, we think […]

Food for Thought: What You Hear in Silence

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We can learn much, when we cultivate silence. It might seem counter-intuitive; our learning usually takes the form of words or pictures or sounds, tangible things that have size, depth, tone, and space. But beyond all of those things that […]

A Praying Spirit: Thank You, God!

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What if all of your prayers today were of thanksgiving and appreciation? What if, instead of a laundry list of petitions or a few moments spent in distracted longing for relief, wealth, power, or just simple human understanding, you focused […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Letting Your Guard Down

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I’ve had to increase the dosage of the immunosuppressive drug I’m taking for my lupus and anti-retinal antibodies. This makes me even more susceptible to infections – at a time when the flu season is just kicking into high gear! […]

TLC Tuesday: Award Yourself!

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Here in Southern California, the awards season is winding down. For the past few months, a crescendo of award ceremonies, large and small, has built up to last  Sunday night’s festivities, and I think that, at least for now, all […]

Food for Thought: Sifting through All That Info!

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When you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness especially one that is very serious and affects many aspects of your life, you might feel overwhelmed by the amount and variety of information available to you. The moment you leave the doctor’s […]

A Praying Spirit: From the General to the Specific

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If you are rushed, tired, angry, or in great pain when you pray, you might find that your prayers are more general than specific. For example, “Please, Lord, take away my pain,” or “Please help all those who are suffering.” […]

A Day-full of Devotionals?

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It’s been building up over the past few years, but this year, it seems to truly be turning into a swift and powerful waterfall – it’s the number of devotionals available to us, especially those to observe during Lent! And […]

TLC Tuesday: Chronic Illness, Deprivation, and Lent

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Lent begins tomorrow, and today, many people will be indulging in overindulgence so that they can “tank up” before depriving themselves (mostly) of whatever they choose to give up for Lent. (I realize that doesn’t fully describe “Fat Tuesday,” or, […]

Food for Thought: Good Input, Excellent Outlook

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These days, I have often found the following Scripture verse coming to mind: “Do not conformyourself to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is […]

A Praying Spirit: Praying Love

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Today, as we celebrate love in all it’s forms, I encourage you to “pray love.” What do I mean by this? First, pray that God’s love may cover all those whom you hold dear, including yourself. Ask that His goodness […]

Hope for Chronically Ill Teens

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As a teenager, it seemed as if I was always getting sick. “Regular” things, like colds and flu, and “Really Wierd Illnesses” that, in hindsight, were probably manifestations and flares of the lupus I would later learn that I have. […]

TLC Tuesday: Learning to Laugh – At Ourselves!

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There’s no way around it – if we want to be happier, we have to laugh more. And the best way to start is with ourselves! Over the past few years, I’ve watched the body of research around the health […]

Food for Thought: Who’s Your Hero?

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We’re thick in the “hero” season, with holidays and other celebrations focused on individuals or concepts (such as Valentine’s Day and love) that remind us of the heroes in our lives. Martin Luther King, J.r., Day in January and Black […]

A Praying Spirit: Holding Fast to Prayer Time

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I really admire people who can get up each morning and immediately embark on deep prayer. Or, those who, no matter what, reserve a specific time later in the day for prayer – no matter where they are or what […]

Chronic Pain: Catching Your Breath on the Roller Coaster Ride

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It isn’t often that we get a lull in the “medical” action during our lives with chronic pain. In fact, such moments, brief or long, might take us by complete suprise – and we don’t fully realize them until they’re […]

TLC Tuesday: Embrace the Groundhog!

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Well, Phil has spoken again. Yes, Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, saw his shadow yesterday and, according to groundhog lore, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Those of you in the snow-ridden Midwest or East, would probably like […]

Food for Thought: YouTube Interviews and Videos

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Whew, finally! I’ve had a YouTube channel for years, but haven’t done much with it. However, I recently realized that there are a few interviews already posted in various places on YouTube, and thought you might be interested in looking […]

A Praying Spirit: Returning to a Prayer Answered

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If you find that your prayer time has been overshadowed by concerns, wants, needs, and disappointments, you might need to go back. Back? Where? Back to when God answered your prayers, a prayer, your prayer. Why? Think back to Christmas. Many times, after […]

Chronic Pain and Illness: How We Do It All

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When I talk with people about what I do, their response is frequently, “How do you fit it all into a day?” My response, generally, is, “I don’t.” The concept of “a day” is very different for those of us […]

TLC Tuesday: Snowed In But Not Snowed Under

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As I write this, a light breeze is tickling the fronds of the palm trees outside my window. The sun is shining – a bright spot after some gentle rain last night. It’s warm enough for a walk later today. […]

Food for Thought: Song of the Sea

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Oh, wow, what a wonderful movie is “Song of the Sea!” The story, animation,acting, and music all combine to make a beautiful and moving story lyrically laced with Irish folklore and touchingly told in a familiar familial way. I really […]

A Praying Spirit: We Are (Aware of) the World

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Many chronic illnesses impose restrictions on our ability to move about freely in the world “at large.” Whether because of mobility issues, sight or hearing problems, or, as in my case, immunosuppressive drugs and their effect on the propensity to […]

Chronic Pain: The Void in Your Life

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Sometimes, pain becomes so overwhelming that it closes out every ounce of strength and light that we might once have felt. And, into their place, there is a void. A void of light. A void of will. A void of […]

Chronic Illness: A Disability Doesn’t Equal Immaturity

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I was on a call the other day, trying to make sense of error messages spewed forth by my computer (I eventually learned that the hard drive had died…another story entirely!). The connection was really, really bad and the person […]

Food for Thought: Never Too Old

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Over the Christmas holidays, I was blessed to see Angela Lansbury in the play, “Blythe Spirit.” It was amazing – Dame Lansbury, a celebrated British-American actress whose career spans decades and includes television, film, and the stage, is 89 years […]

A Praying Spirit: Where Does Your Prayer Go?

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If you’re stuck when you pray, if you don’t think your prayers are being heard, you might be holding back, even if you think you’re pouring your heart out to God. How can that be? Sometimes, we desire something so […]

Chronic Illness: Recycling God’s Love

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It was shortly after January 1, and I was feeling frazzled after a long round of errands. Traffic was thick and so were the crowds inside the stores once I got into them. But perhaps most irritating were the old […]

TLC Tuesday: Strengthen Your Weakness

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We try to hide them, deny them, and, when we cannot ignore them, we try to get away from them as quickly as possible. They are our weaknesses, and many of us may find them so very embarrassing that these […]

Food for Thought: Straight from Scripture Part II

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If you are feeling completely snowed in by your illness and pain, it can be hard to think that you actually possess amazing gifts that are waiting for your to unpack and use – brilliantly! But, as I mentioned last […]

A Praying Spirit: Every Little Thing

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I’m working on a new book for Franciscan Media (due out in 2016), and in preparation, I’m reading up on Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis left a big legacy and an enormous imprint on people the world over. His […]

New Podcast with Sean Herriott!

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My friend, Sean Herriott, has a new radio show, “The Joe Convert Show,” and included me as his guest on today’s airing (Friday, January 9). If you click on the link below, it will take you to Sean’s website, and […]

Chronic Illness: How Can You Have Hope When They Say, ‘There’s Nothing More We Can Do’?

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Toward the end of last year, I received an email from one of the patient advocacy groups I keep informed of. It said that a lupus drug had failed in trials and was being scrapped – but not to lose […]

TLC Tuesday: Picking up the Pieces

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Pine needles are scattered down the hallway, a stray ornament has rolled under a living room table. The manger scene will remain on my piano through Epiphany and then it, too, will be stowed away until next/this Christmas. The time […]

Food for Thought: Given a Precious Gift

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I’m fascinated by how, after Jesus was crucified, died, and rose from the dead, those devoted to Jesus did not scatter like cowards, fearing they would be next to die on the cross. Rather, they gathered in an “upper room” […]

A Praying Spirit: Why Not Now?

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As we get back into our regular routines in the new year, I’m thinking of how I will incorporate more prayer into my days. If I look at some of the blocks on my calendar, full of doctor’s visits and […]

A Praying Spirit: Keep Light

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After Christmas, we take down our tree and the lights that adorn it. We stow away our Advent wreath, and perhaps stow away partially-used candles. We remove decorations, including lights around our windows and doors. And we might find the […]

Joy to the World!

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Through the darkness, a light shines. It is the light of God’s love, the light of our Lord, Jesus Christ! Today, Christmas, may this glorious light illuminate your heart and soul, bring peace ot you and your loved ones, and […]

TLC Tuesday: If You’re Working through the Holidays

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So often, we hear about “holidays” and “vacations” in the same breath that we forget that so many people might not be so fortunate as to have time off this week or next. There are the obvious workers : the […]

A Praying Spirit: Advent Week Four

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Christmas is near! And no doubt your calendar is full of more things than you know you will be able to accomplish between now and the 24th. All the more reason why breaking away and taking time for prayer is […]

Chronic Illness: The Gift You Give

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If medical expenses and life in general is sapping your ability to be a major gift-giver, take heart – and give it back! Yes, it isn’t too late to lavish your family and friends, and even members of your medical […]

A Praying Spirit: Advent Week Three

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When we enter a darkened room, what do we do? Turn on a light. There’s an often complicated set of actions that takes place “behind the scenes” that we probably don’t think about – switches and wiring and lamps and […]

Chronic Illness: Too Tired Too Soon?

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Wow, I am behind. Behind in decorating, doing, and all else having to do with the holidays.  Too soon this Season, I’m feeling that bone-deep fatigue that comes with lupus, anemia (just found out about that), and activity.  Steer me […]

TLC Tuesday: Let a Song In

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I like to drive with music on. A CD or a radio station – doesn’t matter as long as the music is good. But when I really want to benefit from the power and inspiration of music, I don’t do […]

Food for Thought: Revisiting Rudolph

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I feel a particular affinity for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, especially the claymation television special. It aired for the first time 50 years ago and has been a favorite for millions since. I even have a Christmas tree ornament depicting […]

A Praying Spirit: Advent Week Two

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  Anytime we confide in someone, however close we are to them, we need to have lots of trust. Trust that they will listen truly and faithfully. Trust that they will provide us with authentic reflections and guidance. Trust that […]

Chronic Illness: Just a Moment of Peace

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Wish you had just a moment of comfort in the midst of your tough day? Wish you had just a moment of peace? Life during this holiday season is packed with activity, and if you’re living with a chronic health […]

TLC Tuesday: Listen to the Rain

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Praise God! It’s raining! Or, if it isn’t where you are, something weather-wise is happening. Snow, perhaps, or a gentle breeze? Nippy chill or frigid temps that force you to be warm and keep warm. Whatever the weather today, take […]

Food for Thought: The Theory of Everything, Part Two

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The movie, “The Theory of Everything,” about the early and mid-lives of Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane, stirs up a lot of discussion about love, commitment, and life, especially marriage, where one spouse has a serious, life-altering, illness. As […]

A Praying Spirit: Praying through Advent

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Advent begins this weekend, and I am really looking forward to it! In Advent, I always try to to do something different with my prayer life, or with my Scripture study. Often, these new approaches or practices carry forward into […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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There are so many things I am thankful for that I cannot list them all here (nor would you probably want to read them)! But, I would like to say that I am thankful for the many blessings that have […]

TLC Tuesday: Stretch Yourself!

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Feeling cramped? Confined? Constrained? Feel like you’re boxed up in a little corner of an even littler space? Times like this, you might want to think about stretching yourself! Physically, with all the sitting we do at work and home, […]

Food for Thought: The Theory of Everything, Part One

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Movies can be tremendous entertainment, taking us out of our ordinary lives into an extraordinary world of storytelling. But sometimes, movies strike so close to home that they set off a cascade of thoughts, feelings, and questions. I recently say […]

A Praying Spirit: Prayer with a Friend

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Jesus told us, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) This is particularly powerful when you think of prayer with others. Of course, God is with […]

Chronic Pain and Illness: Why the Front Office Matters

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They are more than just bodies that stand or sit between you and your doctor. They know more than what your co-pay is or what the office hours are. But, oh, how often, do we forget that the front office […]

TLC Tuesday: A Breath of Fresh Air

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Today, give yourself a breath of fresh air. Not just a shallow, timid gasp. A full-fledged, rejuvenating intake of blessed and cleansing oxygen. When we’re busy or tense, stressed or preocuppied, we might ignore the simple ways that we can […]

Food for Thought: Finding Faith in Fiction

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Earlier this year, I wrote an article for Saint Anthony Messenger that coincided with the 50th anniversary of the death of American author and devout Catholic Flannery O’Connor. It was a very personal piece, especially because Flannery had died from […]

A Praying Spirit: Praying through Pain

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You want to pray, you want to feel God’s comfort and love. But you’re in too much pain to sit, stand, or lie down without feeling consumed with hurt. When you think the pain is subsiding, you try again, but […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Staying the Course

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This is a busy time of year for doctor’s appointments, tests, and other aspects of my healthcare management. But I can’t let the “other” aspects slide or lessen because other things fill my time. So, it’s nearly double-duty, with the […]

TLC Tuesday: Comfort for Those Who Served

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Today is Veteran’s Day, and I want to thank all of the men and women who have served us, all those who have sacrificed and shown remarkable courage, dedication, and strength. Yes, thank you! Today’s TLC Tuesday is specially dedicated […]

Food for Thought: Billy Graham’s Birthday

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On Friday evening, November 7, I was channel surfing when I happened upon a special program to honor evangelist and preacher Billy Graham’s 96th birthday (Rev. Graham was born on November 7, 1918). What drew me into it was the […]

A Praying Spirit: Different Levels

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If your prayer life has become a bit monotonous, or if you think you’re not making progress in your attempts at conversation with God, try varying your levels of prayer. What do I mean by levels? Think pace, height, and […]

TLC Tuesday: The Difference in You!

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All the efforts to standardize healthcare can be very confounding for those of us with chronic illness. We oh, so often don’t fit into the neat little codes and pigeon-holes developed by others, and we frequently find ourselves beyond frustrated […]

Food for Thought: Stuck in a Rut?

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We all have our favorite books, movies, music, and other artistic creations. But sometimes, after we’ve listened to the same song over and over again, or watched the same movie for the um-teenth time, the art loses its impact. Does […]

A Praying Spirit: Around the World

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Today is an International Day of Prayer – especially dedicated to those who are oppressed because of their faith. Those of us who live in a place of religious freedom might find it difficult to understand what it’s like to […]

Chronic Illness: All Right to Ask

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Yesterday, I had a doctor’s appointment. The nurse who took me into the examination room did not wash her hands before moving to start my eye exam. The nurse who took me into another examination room immediately after a couple […]

TLC Tuesday: What One Thing Could You Make Easier?

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No doubt about it, as I’ve aged, things that were easy to do are getting harder to accomplish. Oh, I don’t mean “major” things like hearing I have yet another diagnosis. I mean less major, but no less important, things […]

Food for Thought: Read a Saint’s Own Words

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You’ve probably read about many of the Saints and saints – those holy men and women who have been canonized in the Catholic Church, and those people who have lived exemplary lives of faith. All are inspirations for us – […]

A Praying Spirit: What do you do with your hands?

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Our hands are so very expressive! In our daily lives, our hands lifty, carry, work, and play. They soothe the aches of others, and they keep the beat during a particularly lively song. Have you ever thought about how those […]

When you think, “Can’t I have just one good day?”

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If you are really down, and challenges are heaping themselves upon challenges, then you might find yourself thinking, “Can’t I have just one good day?” Yup, I’ve been there myself -and it’s okay to ask that question, borne of frustration […]

TLC Tuesday: Feeling De-feet?

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Ah, the bliss of putting my feet up! Throughout the day, our feet take a beating. And if we have joint issues “higher up,” in the knees, for example, or the hips, those precious feet can truly begin to feel […]

Food for Thought: Refresh Me, Lord

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Many of you know Lisa J. Copen as the Founder of RestMinistries, an online resource for people living with chronic pain and illness of the invisible kind (www.restministries.org). Each year, Lisa sponsors an “Invisible Illness Awareness Week,” and I’ve been honored to […]

A Praying Spirit: Do you forget, sometimes?

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I was looking forward to the day ahead. The sun was shining, my usual aches and pains were at a minimum. I started my morning routine, all happy and uplifted. And then, wham! I realized I’d forgotten to say my […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: The Gift of Planning Ahead

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Next year’s birthday cards – done! This year’s holiday gifts – done! Yummy chicken soup prepared and in the freezer ahead of cold and flu season – done! I’ve often written about how hard it is to make firm commitments […]

Chronic Illness: Does Ebola Scare You?

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It seemed so far away. Until now. As I type this, a second person in Dallas has been diagnosed with ebola, and more are being monitored.  People are talking about it on the news and elsewhere, and asking the question, […]

TLC Tuesday: Engage your senses

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All too often, we race through our day and barely notice the wonderful things about the “basics.” How we move, how we talk, what we see, touch and taste. Today’s TLC Tuesday suggestion is to take a bit more time […]

Food for Thought: Knitting, Praying, Forgiving: A Pattern of Love and Forgiveness

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Could you forgive someone who had killed someone you love? Could you find healing for your pain and a purpose for your life? In her new book, “Knitting, Praying, Forgiving: A Pattern of Love and Forgiveness,” Cheryl Wunsch weaves together […]

A Praying Spirit: Beyond Words

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Sometimes, our prayer needs to go beyond word to a place in the heart and soul that is undefined, untethered. Instrumental music can help get there, and we can enhance our prayer by inviting music into our prayer habit. Here […]

When You Have to Relearn Basic Skills

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Eating. Walking. Breathing. These and other “basic skills” are second nature to many of us. Or, perhaps, not. Sometimes, a chronic health condition requires us to relearn what we thought we already knew how to do. And it can be […]

TLC Tuesday: Flight of Fancy

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It’s TLC Tuesday again! And between last week and this week, so many more problems have cropped up in our world and in our lives. Large and small, these troubles can stir up a lot of fear, angst, worry, and […]

Food for Thought: The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Each Monday, I hope to highlight a book, movie, song, or other artistic work that has been a positive experience for me and, I hope, will be for you. Truly, when you live with all sorts of negative influences (pain, […]

A Praying Spirit: How long, oh, Lord?

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How long is just right when it comes to prayer time? We have so many suggestions to choose from! Some of our friends might say they set aside a few minutes a day to pray, putting this time into their […]

Chronic Illness: Is It Easier to Open up to Strangers?

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I overheard a conversation a few days ago. It was very revealing, but it wasn’t between two family members or friends. No, it was between two men waiting for prescriptions at the pharmacy. I was waiting, too, and couldn’t help […]

TLC Tuesday: Give Yourself 15 Minutes!

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Lights! Camera! Action! Today, TLC Tuesday, give yourself 15 minutes – 15 minutes, that is, of time during which you report on and spotlight all of the things you’re doing right. Don’t let one, single, negative action or word creep […]

Food for Thought: Jackson’s Run

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Jackson Stone’s journey throughout the movie “Jackson’s Run” is mined with potentially rich subject matter. A teen bent on self-destructing at the movie’s beginning, he is doing all the wrong things with all the wrong people and shutting out his […]

A Praying Spirit: Too Many Requests?

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How long is your prayer list?  Mine is lines long, full of requests from individuals, from my heart, and for the world around. Issues crop up every day and, yup, they get added to the list. Do you feel as […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Are You Afraid of Complaining?

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For sighing comes more readily to me than food, and my groans well forth like water; For what I fear overtakes me, and what I shrink from comes upon me. I have no peace nor ease; I have no rest, […]

A Blessed Rosh Hashanah

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Each time a Jewish holiday arrives, I think about centuries ago, in Jesus’ day, when Our Lord also observed these holy days. Sometimes, we Christians forget that Jesus was actively Jewish, that he lived for nearly 30 years with Mary […]

TLC Tuesday: Find What You Love About Yourself

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Our bodies change. Our spirits are challenged. Our “regular” lives become almost unrecognizable. When we think nothing more can happen health-wise to bring change, well, something does! When you have a serious chronic illness, there is much about ourselves that […]

A Praying Spirit: What works?

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The longer I’ve written this blog, the more I’ve come to understand that I’m not the only one for whom prayer is crucial to coping with illness, pain, and other crises. For many of you, too, prayer is like spiritual […]

New Podcast Chat with Sean Herriott

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Sean Herriott is the former host of Relevant Radio (Catholic Radio)’s morning program, “Morning Air.” Over the past several years, I was a regular guest on Sean’s program, talking about health and faith an all sorts of topics. He now […]

Chronic Illness: Too Many Moving Parts? Here’s Help!

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  This doc wants bloodwork and so does that doc, but the appointments aren’t on the same day, so you end up with 2 sticks instead of one. Then, the first doc needs more blood and another test, and a […]

TLC Tuesday: Look for Light

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“One more doctor visit” bringing you down? Last week, I had two doc visits in one day, both of which were delayed and difficult. But, at the second one, a “God thing” happened – An older woman, using a walker, […]

Chronic Illness: When Everyone Has Their Own Ideas

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Don’t you just know, one person’s rheumatoid arthritis is another’s “Oh, it’s just aches and pains?” Or, one person’s propensity to infection is another’s “Don’t worry, I only have a little cold, you can be around me.” Or, one person’s […]

Chronic Pain: How Can You Feel Like You Belong?

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Loneliness is one of the hardest things to conquer for many people living with chronic pain. But sometimes, it is not so much the feeling of being alone as it is the feeling of not belonging – belonging to a […]

Chronic Illness: Worship and Contagion

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My immune system is, once again, in overdrive and making new and serious antibodies, among them to my retinas. I’ve had to begin a more aggressive form of treatment, and it will make me more susceptible to infection. As a […]

TLC Tuesday: Banish the Guilt!

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You have to rest, you have to take care…but your stomach cringes and you find yourself close to criticizing yourself for being lazy…Please, dear friend, banish the guilt! Yes, at times, you might feel guilty that you are taking care […]

It’s Grandparent’s Day!

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I am not a grandparent, nor are my grandparents living, but I delight in the joy of friends and others who have eased from parenthood to grandparenthood (and I smile at friends who cannot wait until they will become grandparents, […]

Chronic Pain: A Goodness within You

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Pain is like a very nasty weed. Its roots run deep, its leaves spread wide and block out light. It can take over and make all things good seem distant, unreachable. But just as pain is within, so, too, is […]

Refreshing Exercise

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True confession: I was never fond of exercise. In fact, I used every excuse not to exercise way back in high school. Now, of course, I understand the benefits much better than I did then, and I also like exercising – […]

TLC Tuesday: Slow down!

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It’s TLC Tuesday, again. But it’s also probably the heart of “Back to…” season. Back to school, back to work, back to lots and lots of activities. Yes, activities, and, probably, a lot more stress, a lot more “Hurry up!” […]

Chronic Pain: Lost and Found

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Somewhere, amid the pain and the frustration we feel over lost health and today’s health trials, there are bright, uplifting memories we’ve lost track of, times when life was easier or days when we heard and enjoyed laughter, did good […]

Chronic Illness: Embracing smooth sailing!

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Like the calm before the storm, or the comfort before the next flare, the period of relatively “smooth sailing” can be a bit nerve-wracking. We know that “chronic” means ongoing, and have had flares rise up unexpectedly in the past. […]

TLC Tuesday: What if you missed Tuesday?

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If you have a chronic illness or live with serious pain, you know that sometimes, you “miss” a day or two in the week. It’s too hard to get out of bed. You are going through medical tests, and the […]

Chronic Illness: If You Were Not You

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One of the techniques I try to use whenever I’m in a quandry over something regarding my health is to ask, “What if I were not me? What if I were my mother? My sister? My friend? What would I […]

Prayer for Grace-full Aging

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Whether your day has passed or is coming up, we all will age one more year this year and onward. We cannot turn back the clock, but we can turn on grace as we move ahead. Here’s a prayer for […]

TLC Tuesday: Laugh!

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Oh, yes, I know about the scientific studies and the group research touting its benefits. I know all about the mechanics and the music of it. But sometimes, it is difficult to find the gift and the boost of laughter. […]

Chronic illness: Forming our destinies

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One of my favorite subjects was and still is history. I think we can learn a lot about our todays and our futures by learning from the past. For example – think about how hard life was in the 18th […]

Chronic Pain: For the Birds!

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Seagulls regularly land on my skylights and attempt to crack open shells. Invariably, they make a ruckus! But they also tend to lose their footing rather quicky and slide down, making a screeching noise reminiscent of fingers on chalkboard. Does […]

Chronic illness: Sweating it out

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During long days at high school band practice, baking under the blazing August sun and sweating buckets, I learned the importance of hydration – replacing the fluid our bodies lose under such circumstances.  Water, sports’ drinks, whatever our doctors tell […]

TLC Tuesday: Gently, Gently

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A harsh word, a sudden move, an angry outburst – we’ve all made them and felt them from others. Not uplifting or comforting, these brusk and sometimes brutal actions. For today’s TLC Tuesday, the word and action is “gently.” Gently […]

Chronic Pain: Are you a camel?

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Some days, I just hurt. I hurt so badly that it’s difficult to tell where the pain is coming from, let alone what to do to make it better. Some days, there’s no easy way around or through it. We […]

Chronic Illness: Your Trash, Their Treasure

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Adapting to life with a health problem often brings new ways to live and new things to buy. I lost my hair because of lupus – I had to buy wigs. My wardrobe changed drastically because, whenever I go outside […]

New Weekly Feature: TLC Tuesdays!

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Tuesday can be a neglected day of the week. Most of the others have some kind of identity, but poor little Tuesday can be left out. Beginning today, each Tuesday will be “TLC Tuesday” on my blog. No matter if […]

Chronic Illness: A Full-time Job

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I get a little tongue-tied sometimes when people ask me what I do. Not that writing isn’t the first thing that pops into my head. But, I have to think too, of the other job, the other full-time job: managing life with […]

Prayer for Missionary Healthcare Workers

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The headlines about the ebola outbreak bring to the forefront how courageous and giving missionary healthcare workers, and all other medical personnel, are, risking their own lives to save others. Although they may be far away from us, we cannot […]

Wear is your best?

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“Why don’t you wear that lovely ewelry/that dress/those shoes more often? “Oh, it’s too good to wear everyday. I only save it for special occasions.” “So, when was the last time you wore it?” “Oh, it’s been so long, I can’t […]

Writing about chronic illness and pain

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Frequently, people will tell me that they want to write a book about their experience with chronic illness and pain. When they ask me for advice, I give them a response that’s probably not what they’re expecting. Instead of talking […]

Chronic Pain: Help for the Directionally Challenged

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It’s better. It’s worse. It moved. It’s stable. It’s sharp. It’s dull. It’s pain. And it is a pain, your pain. Well, it’s affecting you, but you can’t say you actually possess it, because it seems to have a mind – and a […]

Giving when you think you don’t have anything to give

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I understand the Scriptural basis for tithing and giving monetarily to church and charitable causes. I know, clearly, the story of the widow who gave her precious coin to the Temple. But the truth is that, today, living with a […]

This is the day

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Imagine if you gave a good friend a present, all wrapped up and shining in the light. What if that friend, instead of opening the package, set it aside. He or she tells you, “Oh, thanks. But I’ll get to […]

Vietnam War: A Memory for Today

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Tucked in a box amid other QSL cards that I found after my father’s death last year is a single, fading reminder of a powerful way to pray today. If you’re not familiar with what they are, a QSL card […]

Chronic Illness: How do you describe it, exactly?

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Time often flies by when you’re living, and when you have a chronic illness, time passes sometimes in odd ways. Slowly, in some measure, because living with pain is especially, well, painful, and the more pain you feel, the slower […]

Chronic Illness: Managing the Munchies

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I really, really, really like chocolate. Chocolate and almonds. Or, just chocolate. And yet, I know how bad it can be if I over-indulge. Extra weight on lupus-arthritic joints can add pain on top of pain. So, I try to […]

Chronic Illness: Managing the Usual with the Unusual

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I’m typing this with a sore arm and a couple of month’s journey – again – to determine “once and for all” the reason why I don’t hold onto iron. For years, I’ve dealt with iron levels that get lower […]

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Chronic Illness and Pain: Sisters, Please Read This!
f you have just been diagnosed with a serious chronic illness, or if you have been living with one for a long time, I just want to take time out to just say something, sister-to-sister:  Please do not be angry with yourself if you find that you ...

posted 8:32:25pm Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Illness: Do You Wonder? And, Why It Matters
The clouds in the sky. A flash of lightning. A baby's giggle. A "common" cold. When you see or hear these things, do you disect them scientifically? Or, do you wonder? What are the things in your life that you try to analyze? What are ...

posted 7:23:11pm Aug. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Pain: Feeling the Heat?
Searing. Exhausting. Oppressive. These and other words are often used to describe the high heat of the summertime. ...

posted 7:06:47pm Aug. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Illness: The Choices We Make
It might not seem as if we have many choices when our priority is to stave off flares, infections, and other consequences of ...

posted 6:51:15pm Aug. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Chronic Pain: While We Are Sleeping
When our pain is severe, it can be difficult to sleep. Even if we're able to doze, we often awaken with pain, and ...

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