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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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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: 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 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. […]

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!

posted by mpratt

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 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?

posted by mpratt

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chronic Illness: Faith and the Future

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Fifty years ago, or perhaps even less, someone with a diagnosis of lupus could not expect a “normal”  lifespan. There was so little understanding of the disease, and few ways to treat the symptoms and flares, proctively or otherwise. Today […]

Chronic illness: If you think you cannot believe

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I’ve said many times that I cannot imagine facing my health challenges without faith. Many other people I know feel the same way; they rely on God throughout every trial, and every praiseful moment, too. But, what if you cannot […]

To Be Encouraged, Encourage Someone Else

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Time and again, I’ve seen the amazing transformation in someone who is deeply suffering (whether with pain, illness, or other pressures), when they receive a kind, uplifting, or unexpectedly positive remark from someone else. Part of this is, I think, […]

Happy Independence Day!

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Happy Independence Day – and Independence Day Weekend! I hope you enjoy your celebration, however you manage to commemorate the day. This year, I have been reflecting on the concept of “independence” day, both for this country and for life […]

Chronic illness: Nurturing Creativity

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Whether it’s juggling the household budget so you can keep a roof over your head and maintain your medical needs, or it’s learning to live differently from “before illness,” and thrive, we who have chronic illness must often rely on […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Pet Friendly

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This weekend marks the 18th anniversary of…drum roll please…My fish tank! Although I really enjoy them, I’m allergic to dogs and cats (and horses and, well, just about anything else that moves about…), so fish are the obvious choice for […]

Under the eyes of a watchful, loving God

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So often I hear one or more people living with illness or pain say, “Why did God let this happen?” As many of you probably already know, I tend to take an “illness is neither bad nor good, it just […]

Chronic illness and gardening: Learning to Grow

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I’ve heard it said that, “as we grow, we learn.” Well, I’m finding out things a bit differently: “As I learn, I grow.” Lupus requires that I don’t spend a great deal of time outdoors, especially during the sunniest times […]

Chronic Pain: Many ways to say, “Hallelujah!”

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Sometimes, praising God is tough. Physical pain can make it impossible to lift a limb, let alone raise hands to heaven. Emotions might be anything other than joy-filled. And spirits can sag, especially as life with chronic pain goes on […]

Living with chronic illness: How do you respond to the world?

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No doubt about it, there are lots of problems in our world. Close to home and far away, the news of the day is full of strife, violence, awful issues, and injustices. But even closer to home is your and […]

A Beautiful Flag Day to You!

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I’m not much for awareness ribbons. There are so many of them, now, and of so many different colors, that I’m at sea as to which is which. I am, however, very appreciative of the flag, particularly the flag of […]

Lupus: One thing after another

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It’s hard for many people to understand the “whack-a-mole”-like life that is life with lupus. There are some lupies among us with relatively mild disease and for whom some treatment provides longer-term relief. But there are some of us…Well, it’s […]

Stress buster: A thankful spirit

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How often do you give thanks each day? I try to sprinkle liberal doses of thanks throughout mine. And, besides the obvious – that thanks is a prayer to God that I am grateful for even the smallest thing in my […]

Chronic Pain Coping: Naming Your Pain

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Okay, I confess to a bit of juvenile fun. Plants, fish, even the hummingbird that visits each year – I have a name for them all. Even if it is “Silly” or “Birdie,” each flitting, swimming, and growing thing gets […]

Stress buster: The stress within

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So often, we talk about stress as something that comes to us from without. Traffic, work, a new diagnosis, disappointment over how a loved one reacts to our illness, or other factors happen outside of us and can stir up […]

Stress buster: Tips for those long waits in doctors’ offices

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Oooh, they’re getting longer, not shorter, those waits in doctors’ offices. And, if you’ve exhausted all those rat-eared magazines and examined drab artwork long enough, you’re probably feeling impatient, patient. Edgy, perhaps. Or, even angry. But, wait! (as if you […]

Wisdom from Romans

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Do not conform yourself to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect. —Romans 12:2 Sometimes, don’t you just feel […]

Living Lupus: Summer in the Sun (Not!)

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One of the things that can be very damaging to lupus patients is something that many people are already enjoying to the hilt in the early summertime: Basking in the glow and warmth of the sun. Unfortunately for many of […]

Chronic Illness: Developing a Fighting Spirit

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Oh, my word, another diagnosis. Just when I thought I’d “collected the whole set” of lupus-related, autoimmune illnesses, I’ve been given another. And with it is another medication, monitoring by another specialist, and all the other things that go with […]

Illness: Is God Punishing You?

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Early on in my journey with lupus, a Christian said to me, “You’re not cured because you’re not faithful enough.” When I challenged her on this, she said that she though God was punishing me for my “lack of belief!” […]

Lupus: Is Celebrating the Survivors Unrealistic?

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I was once told by a person in a responsible position in a patient advocacy organization to “be positive, let them know that lupus isn’t all that bad. Don’t be negative.” The message this well-meaning person seemed to want was […]

Finding Something Good

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A cheerful glance brings joy to the heart; Good news invigorates the bones. Proverbs 16:30 Whether personal or of the world, there is no lack of bad news feeding our lives and hearts. Of late, I’m facing a couple of […]

Lupus Awareness Day – Putting on the Purple

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Lent is over. Advent is a long while away. But, today, I’m going to wear purposeful purple! May is Lupus Awareness Month, and today is Lupus Awareness Day, and the color is purple. Purple is a deep color, sometimes mysteriously […]

Fatigue and Friends

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May is Lupus Awareness Month. For those of us with lupus, it might seem beside-the-point; it’s almost impossible to have lupus and not be aware of it each day, not only in May! I’m not going to go into “what […]

Why Centering Prayer Is So Important

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If you’re like me, you find that your prayer list gets longer each day. World problems, individual petitions, personal prayers – we skip around this globe quite a lot when we sit down to have our quiet time with God. […]

Prayer When You Hit a Dead End

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Oh, Lord, I’ve been told that there is nothing that can be done, that I’ve run out of options, that I’ve hit a dead end. But I know that you, Lord, are endless, timeless, all-knowing and all-loving. I know, too, […]

A Moment with Meerkats

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I’m forever marveling at the wonderful diversity of God’s creation, especially in the animal kingdom. Meerkats, in particular, are fascinating to me. They live very active, sometimes, frantic lives, taking care of life in their communities, dodging predators, searching for […]

Expressing Sorrow at Lost Health

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It’s all right, now, this moment. You feel so very sorrowful that your health is lost. Everyone’s telling you to “be strong,” “have faith,” “be positive.” But all you feel like doing right now is crying. And, it’s all right, […]

When You Feel Like Going Back in Time

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At some point during life with chronic illness, you feel like going back to the time “before.” Before your diagnosis. Before the disease or health condition took away so much of what you used to do and were. Maybe, at […]

The Miracle and Mystery of It All

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It’s so easy to dwell on the pain, illness, and constraints that a chronic health condition imposes on us. So very easy, too, to think of what’s falling apart, what abilities are becoming (or have become) disabilities. But, here I […]

The Best Easter Ever Is Today

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Oh, no, you might be thinking. Isn’t she a week or so off? Didn’t Easter already happen? Is she calendar-challenged? Not at all! I know that April 20 was Easter Sunday. But the best Easter is today. And tomorrow. And the […]

Sick People Are Easter People, Too!

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Oh, my but some people have low expectations of us. They think that because we’re sick or in pain, we have to go around looking like we feel. Or, they hesitate to include us in enjoyable activities or allow us […]

Easter Monday: What Next?

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A hoarse voice from all that praiseful singing, a stray foil wrapper without the chocolate egg, hosiery with the beginning of a run, achy joints from wearing Sunday-best shoes a little too long… It’s Easter Monday, and we’ve celebrated the […]

Hallelujah!!!

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Well, praise the Lord in highest heaven, He is Risen! I hope you and your loved ones and church communities are enjoying a splendid Easter, with lots of love, light, and lilting music. Even if you think you have a […]

The Way and the Weight of Your Cross

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Many times during Holy Week, I think about the way and the weight of the cross that Jesus bore to Calvary. Not only was it a monstrous thing – heavy and cumbersome. But Our Lord had been beaten, scourged, starved, […]

Is It Christian to Take Care of Yourself before Others?

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We are fast approaching the most profoundly Christian time of the year, Holy Week and Easter, during which we will hear again about Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, death on the cross, which redeemed us, washing away our sin and opening up […]

Can You Be a Peacemaker When You’re at War with Yourself?

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  We all have heard the Beatitudes, and especially (no doubt) remember, “Blessed are the peacemakers…” In a world of trouble, violence, and anti-faith, this is a tall order!But there’s another thing that makes being a peacemaker in our world […]

Building up Strength

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A friend about to undergo chemotherapy. An aging parent who is wobbly. You, terrified of the next doctor’s visit and what news you might get. Right now, there are many of us who are anticipating something that will require much […]

Done Something Foolish?

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In honor of April Fool’s Day, some thoughts about those foolish moments – better known as “Ooops!” We’ve all had them. Those moments (or days, or months…) when we’ve known better, but still… We knew it would be better not to attend a social […]

Finding time for God

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He’s with us every moment of our lives. In fact, He knew us before we were born. He knows what we do, think, and feel. And he knows what we pray for even before we ask. So how is it […]

The myth of closure

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My heart goes out to all those touched by the loss of the Malaysian jetliner, which is said to have crashed into the Indian Ocean with all lives aboard lost. What agony the families and friends must be feeling, collectively […]

Blooming Time!

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Not long ago, I posted a picture of my season-challenged Christmas cactus. It had bloomed at, when else, Christmas, but for some reason a few weeks ago began producing buds again! Just in time for…Lent?! As sometimes happens with plants, […]

Add a Little Spring!

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Hallelujah! Today is the first day of Spring! Even if your neighborhood is still digging out from snow, or you have to wear heavy clothing just to go out to get the mail, rest assured, the calendar has spoken – […]

Meaningful, mirthful minutia

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In the elevator of my local grocery store, a mother and her young son were already waiting for the doors to close. As I stepped in, the boy, not more than three or four years old, stepped back, toward the […]

Clearing the air

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A recent rain brought crisp, clean air to Southern California. What a blessing! Before the deluge, it seemed as if there was a pall of dust over and around. Now, it’s a joy to breathe deeply and enjoy the outdoor […]

It doesn’t matter when you bloom!

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Feeling like life is passing you by because you’re limited by illness and pain? Do you believe you’re too old to try something new, achieve a dream, or simply shine brightly as a beloved child of God because your health […]

Happiness from the Outside, In

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“Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.”  Samuel Levenson, American humorist (1911-80) My page-a-day Old Farmer’s Almanac calendar often has pithy quotes that stir my thinking. The one above, on Thursday’s page, struck me as tremendously appropriate […]

Up to the test

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The crucible for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the tester of hearts is the Lord Proverbs 17: 3   Living with illness and pain can seem like one, long, test. And, in many ways, it is. These challenges […]

Lent’s Call

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Happy the people who know you, Lord, who walk in the radiance of your face.     Psalm 89:16   Happy Lent to you! Happy?  Lent? You might ask. Yes, a very happy Lent. Because we can feel a bit […]

Reminder: No Two Snowflakes Are Alike!

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This was one of the first things I heard when I was diagnosed with lupus. “Lupies are like snowflakes – no two are alike.” It’s turned out to be a truly wise statement, in myriad ways. And it’s good to […]

Be gentle – to yourself

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A friend and I were going to get together, but she ended up in bed with the flu.  She was “really, really sorry” that our plans couldn’t work out. But, “Be gentle to yourself,” I told her. All else can […]

Having a bad day? Cue the music

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What is the soundtrack of your life? What songs lift you up? Make you want to move? Make you laugh? Make you cry? What songs do you take with you when you’re going to the doctor’s office? Or, having surgery? […]

Caring and not caring about what others think

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Illness can be very ugly. Yes, it can be that horrible blot on our lives, and certainly change our appearance in undesirable ways.  And one of the hardest things to handle it is when we’re out in public – or […]

Spring will come

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A dear friend of mine who also suffers from severe lupus is not a believer. Nevertheless, we share a very profound sense of faith that’s summed up by saying, “Spring will come.” Of course, from my perspective, the phrase relates […]

Never Enough

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If you’re sick, in pain, and low, you might have heard yourself say, “I don’t have enough support.” or, “I don’t have enough money to get the care that I need.” or, even, “I don’t have enough energy/mobility/resources/hope to feel […]

One, Brief Window?

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The weight of pain and illness, and the limitations these bring to daily life, can become excruciating, oppressive. But beneath the heavy burden of physical challenges is, often, a glimmer of light. Even if the door to wholeness and health […]

Hearing and Listening

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“He just didn’t listen to the doctor,” she said to the paramedic as he opened the ambulance door. “He went out there and shoveled that snow anyway.” “I heard the doctor,” he said, lifting his head from the stretcher. “But […]

Love Inside, Love Outside

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Despite the challenges we face, and the pain we endure, this is an uplifting day…and one for reflecting on the active, reflective effect of love on our world. What do I mean by that? I think especially […]

The Heart to Go On

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One of the things that helps me most to move forward is to look back, to see where I’ve been. Many times haven’t been easy, and many situations have not had clear answers or resolutions. But I “in the now” […]

Dress for success

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When those skimpy hospital gowns make you shudder, and the only “social” appointments you have entail going to a doctor’s office or pharmacy, there’s nothing like a little “dress for success” action to help motivate you and inspire others! It […]

The Daring Life We Lead

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Driving home one afternoon, I stopped at a stop sign to wait for traffic to clear before proceeding. Across the street and to my left, a woman with a sight dog (seeing eye dog) waited, too. The dog stood by […]

Someone is waiting for you

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February’s focus on Valentine’s Day can be difficult for many people who are isolated because of illness and pain. For some, even if they are surrounded by family and friends, they can feel lonely because of their physical limitations, depression, […]

The dust bunnies in our lives

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Usually at the beginning of the year, I try to de-accession some of my possessions. This year, I made a very serious effort at figuring out what I had that I no longer needed that someone else could benefit from. […]

Just for fun

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Today is the perfect day to do something just for fun. Actually, every day is perfect, but why not start today? Just because you have a chronic illness or just because my knees buckle doesn’t mean we are unworthy of […]

We teach others to care

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Every time I hear or read about the “burden” that the ill, frail, and disabled place upon society, I want to scream. The reference is usually made in terms of the financial cost, but it can also be couched as […]

When you think you’ve had enough

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There’s a curious thing that happens to many writers when they reach the middle of a particular project: They want to turn back, start a new project, or otherwise abandon their current work-in-progress because it seems to be completely fogged […]

Lazarus and us

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What a powerful story of love and God’s power is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead! And what a blessing that, in Scripture, we have more than just a paragraph of the account. In John, for example, […]

A tip for rising above procrastination

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Putting off something important? Waiting for the perfect moment before you take action on a step toward a goal? We all do it, of course. But what separates failures from successes? The ability to throw aside the tendency to procrastinate […]

Oh, that most difficult of questions: How are you?

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It’s become a part of our greeting ritual, but it’s also one of the most difficult questions we face. “How are you?” Usually, there’s a perfunctory, “Fine. How are you?” And the answer to that one? “Fine, thanks.” And the […]

Your favorite football fan doesn’t get it? Now’s your chance!

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I am not a football fan, but I know many people who are. And, in appreciation for their vast knowledge of all things football, I offer here a way for those of us who have chronic illness and pain to, […]

Stuck? Add a grace note

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Even if you are not musically inclined, when you’re stuck in a rut, hole, or other foot-freezing, spirit-stunting space in your life, there’s nothing like adding a grace note to get you back on your purposeful path. What’s a grace […]

How do you react?

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People can be so cruel. Recently, I was driving home and saw a person in a car nearly hit a pedestrian who was “of a certain age,” and moving more slowly than the impatient driver wanted her to. True, the […]

How can you set goals when they keep moving?

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It’s slippery, skittish, and speedy – chronic illness can lie relatively quiet for a time and then pounce on you from seemingly nowhere. One day, one moment, you might be forging ahead on steps toward a goal: Tapering medication, finishing […]

Your Olympic season

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If you read the title of this blog post and laughed, you’re not alone. Many people simply do not think of themselves as athletic, let alone Olympic caliber. But if you’ve lived awhile with the challenges of chronic illness and […]

Signs of God’s Love

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“Would you like some apple juice?” The nurse’s assistant was new to my doctor’s office, and I had only just met her. But as she helped the phlebotomist draw more than 11 tubes of blood from my arm, she could […]

Please remember, you cannot fail Christmas!

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It’s a couple of days after the holiday, a couple of days after we sang Noel and celebrated the birth of Our Lord. And, perhaps, as the leftovers are settled and the wrapping is dispatched, you might begin to feel […]

Sit Back. Listen

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It’s crunch time, now. No matter how physically impaired you might be, if you’re looking forward to Christmas, you undoubtedly see a lot of “musts” in your path between now and December 24/25. Errand. Doc appointments. Visits. Travel, perhaps. Present […]

Winter Wonder-land

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Didn’t it begin earlier? Winter, I mean. Snow has already blanketed much of the Northern Hemisphere, and cold temps have thrown many areas into a deep freeze. Yet, calendar-wise, winter has only begun on December 21. Makes me wonder if […]

Happiness in a Box?

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I’ve had more doctor appointments than usual, lately, because of the episode with my eye. So, I’ve tried to “lighten” things up by finding bits of humor. I recommend this for any heart that is heavy with the burdens of […]

Chronic Illness: Teetering on Your Pedestal?

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During holiday season, we come in contact with many more people than we usually do. In the course of our conversations, we probably talk about the health challenges we’ve endured throughout the year-almost-past (or, at least some of them).  And, […]

Active Peace

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We’re almost halfway through Advent, nearly two weeks away from once again welcoming the Prince of Peace. How is your peace? Are you frazzled from all the activity of the Season, yet? Feeling buffeted by family squabbles that have a […]

Bringing Glad Tidings

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The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,     because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,     to heal the brokenhearted To proclaim liberty to the captives […]

Important to Remember

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If my experience last week is any example, I was strongly reminded that illness does not go on a holiday during the holidays – and when things go awry, it’s important to seek the right help, even if it interferes […]

Derailed at Holiday Time?

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Advent. Christmas. New Year’s. Every year, they come around once a year. And we plan carefully, putting activities into narrow windows, packing them into our schedules.But often, for those of us with chronic illness and pain, we can be derailed. […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Holiday Budget Blues

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A harsh reality of life with chronic illness and pain is that it is expensive both in terms of what it costs medically (doc visits, medications, etc.) and productively (perhaps you cannot work as much anymore, or at all and […]

Tips for the Caroling Coward

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Are you the one who hangs back in the crowd, hoping that no one can hear you croak as others carol? Do you pretend to not be able to find the right page in the hymnal as others are singing […]

The greater the cheer, the greater the pain?

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If you have felt great loss this year, or if your health challenges are weighing heavily upon your spirit and life, the “cheer” that accompanies this season can be particularly difficult to be around.  In fact, the great the cheer […]

A Different Kind of Advent

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Prepare the way! Advent is here – four weeks of waiting and watching and listening…and doing all manner of things to get ready for Christmas.  Because Advent comes every year, we’ve probably memorized all of the Scripture readings, song lyrics, […]

Peace at home is peace at heart

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Soft rain is pattering against the roof, punctuated by the occasional seagull screeching in flight.  The Christmas music is on. The tree is lit. It’s a fittingly quiet day after a very good Thanksgiving – and a blessedly peaceful one, […]

Chronic Illness and Pain: Camera Shy?

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With apologies to the beloved Christmas tune, “It’s the most photographed time of the year!” From now until the New Year, millions, if not billions of pictures will be snapped. Hours and hours of video will be shot. And you, […]

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