Honoring a Special Anniversary

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I know that I have been absent from here for awhile. This past month has been extremely difficult on my health. I have been in so much pain and fatigue that I cannot find the words to describe it. When you live your entire life online, it is absolutely heart wrenching to be too sick to interact or engage. I am in too much pain to describe what is going on, but please know that I haven’t abandoned you. I’m doing my best to just get through each day. I wanted to give a bit of insight as to one of the reason’s why this month has been particularly hard for me. All I ask is that you would stay by my side if you can. I’m not sure when I will be feeling up to posting and doing other things like I normally do. Any and all thoughts and prayers will be so much appreciated. Thank you! Continue reading

My Crazy Self-Love Challenge

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How often do we put an important focus to our well being? In this day and age where productivity means more than taking care of yourself, self love often falls to the wayside. Especially with one who has chronic illnesses, mental illnesses, and disabilities; taking the time out of the day to participate in self care seems frivolous. However, we often fail to realize that self care is vital in being able to continue progressing through each day. Continue reading

Mystery Blogger Award: Double Trouble

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I have been nominated for another award! Honestly, I feel so shocked. Our Un-imaginables community is really growing and I am overjoyed to be making such a difference. I would like to thank both Leo from The Anxious Teacher’ and Ilona Taylor-Conway from the ‘Pesky Pelvis’. Continue reading

July’s Chronic Illness Linkup 2019

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That time of the month is here again! Wow, I feel like I just participated in June’s Chronic Illness Linkup. This year is going by fast! Just to review, Sheryl Chan from ‘A Chronic Voice’ hosts these monthly linkup parties. She comes up with different topics each month to write about and we interpret them however we please. This month’s topics are justifying, starting, analyzing, concluding, and planning. The rules are down below for anyone interested in joining. Let’s get started! Continue reading

Playing the Waiting Game

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As someone who has never “officially” worked before in their life, getting monetary help from the government proves to be very difficult. I fell ill when I had recently turned 14 in 2011. This illness proved to be chronic and condition after condition piled onto my diagnoses chart. I am housebound and have continued to have gotten worse since the day I began to acquire those illnesses. In the government’s eyes, a person who has never worked, did not go to college, and who is not actively trying to get a job is trying to cheat the system. Continue reading

Listening to my Body: An Update

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You have probably noticed that my blogging schedule has been quite a bit off recently. I wanted to address that in this post. The summer season is the worst season out of the year for me. So as we are reaching the 80’s (Fahrenheit) where I live, my heart is having a very difficult time. You may know that I have several conditions that prevent my body from regulating it’s own temperature. Continue reading

Edema vs. Lymphedema: What’s the Difference?

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Today we will talk about the difference between Lymphedema and normal swelling (Edema). If you missed my first post describing Lymphedema, you can view it here. So, the tricky part about getting diagnosed with lymphedema is the fact that swelling is usually a symptom and not a disorder in it of itself. That’s where edema comes in. Oxford dictionaries describes edema as, “a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.” That sounds a lot like Lymphedema, especially if you are not well trained to see the difference. Continue reading

An Inspirational Controversy

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Inspiration. Oxford Dictionaries describes it as, “The quality of being inspired, especially when evident in something… A person or thing that inspires.” We all have something or someone that inspires us. Maybe as a kid you looked up to your dad and wanted to be just like him. He was your source of inspiration. John Quincy Adams even is quoted as saying, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” The issue is, what if you do not want to be a leader or an inspiration to others? Continue reading

June’s Chronic Illness Linkup

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It’s that time of the month again! I’m joining June’s Linkup for chronic illness. If you are new, let me explain what this linkup is. Each month, Sheryl Chan from A Chronic Voice, picks 5 topics to write about. The topics for this month are repeating, wondering, turning, getting, and desiring. You don’t have to write a lot about each topic, just a paragraph or two will do. Let’s review the rules for anyone here that’s new. Continue reading

California Teacher Forced to Pay Substitute Because of Cancer

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In California, the law mandates that teachers pay substitutes out of their own salaries when on extended leave. This is the case right now for an unidentified teacher who is currently battling breast cancer. She is liable to have a max of $246 taken out each day. This teacher works for the San Francisco Unified School District, teaching second grade at Glen Park Elementary. Teachers in California are allowed only ten sick days per year, then every day after that comes out of their own paychecks. Continue reading