• helleborus, hellebore, lenten rose, flower, plant
    Faith,  Health,  Life

    Miracles Happen

    Watching for signs of spring can reveal miracles happening around us. The helleborus shown above is a miracle. The plant lives through the coldest and darkest nights of winter. Survives the winter rains and often hail and freezing rain. And still near Christmas you’ll find buds forming. Now, as we are in the middle of February, they are blooming. Our plants are full of blossoms! These plants and their blooms represent a miracle in my mind. They could have succumbed to the harsh winter weather. The cold east wind bringing a tinge of iciness with it. At some elevations, these plants might have received a covering of snow. Yet, they…

  • Tulips, pink
    Health and Self-Care,  Reflections

    Hope

    Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. ~~ Desmond Tutu       Hope is a rather small word. Only four letters and one syllable. Yet people have survived unimaginable accidents, imprisonments, and illnesses. When asked how they held on, most answered continuous hope. That symbolizes a good deal of power in a four-letter word, only one syllable.   How is it such a small word can do so much?   From a base of hope, we see courage, confidence, and happiness arise. These qualities become a coping strategy at a time of difficulty or grief or illness. I’ve had many surgeries…

  • fatigue
    Chronic Illness,  Health and Self-Care,  Lifestyle,  Writing,  Writing Life

    Chronic Illness and the Writer: A Series (Part 3)

    Today’s post brings to a close this series. The first and second posts on chronic illness and the writer can be found here and here. The five remaining tips for coping with chronic illness and/or pain are shared below. As stated before, I’m not qualified to say these will work for everyone. I share them because, on occasion, they have worked for me. You know your body better than anyone and your illness as well. Let no one tell you what will work best for you. Decide for yourself.  Tips for the not so good days. If you need a refresher of the first five tips, take a moment to…

  • Health and Self-Care,  Lifestyle,  Writing,  Writing Life

    Chronic Illness and the Writer: A Series (Part 2)

    Last week I posted the first post in this series on chronic illness and the writer. Today I want to share with you some tips I’ve found to be helpful. I’m not qualified to say these will work for everyone. I just know they have, on occasion, worked for me. You know your body better than anyone and your illness as well. Let no one tell you what will work best for you. Decide for yourself.  Tips for the not so good days. Before I get started with the tips, I want you to know I am the worst at following my own advice. However, I am still learning at…

  • Chronic illness
    Chronic Illness,  Health and Self-Care,  Lifestyle,  Writing,  Writing Life

    Chronic Illness and the Writer | A Series (Part 1)

    What defines a chronic illness? Depending on what resource you use, you may find a variety of answers to this question. However, in my research as a writer and a patient, it appears the duration of an illness usually labels it as “chronic.” The length required in the health insurance industry is a duration of at least three months or longer. Overall, the medical profession usually considers one year as defining chronic illness. An article authored by Wullianallur Raghupathi and Viju Raghupathi and published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Health (the “Raghupathi findings”) shares the following definition of chronic illness: ‘a physical or mental health condition that lasts more…

  • Miscellaneous,  Self-care,  Writing Life

    What I’m Learning About Self-Care | Writer’s Perspective (Part 1)

    The term "self-care" has been on the lips of many for some time, but not as often as since the election of 2016. In the days and months following, many were angry, frustrated, discouraged, depressed even. Self-care was the pathway for many to place those emotions on a shelf. Putting the election aside, I want to look at self-care from a writer's perspective. Based on my working and writing life experiences, I'll share bad choices I made in caring for myself. Over the last 14 months have had time to ruminate over the past and how it played a part in my current situation.