Making lemonade…

A year ago, I wrote a book about my dog, Georgia Grace.  Georgia is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who lives with multiple, serious chronic illnesses including the top 3:  Syringomyelia, Chronic Valvular Heart Disease, and Diabetes.   I was told her life expectancy was three years.  Today, she is 10 years, 6 months and […]

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Daring to believe…

I just recently started to feel like my new medication is working.  It’s kind of shocking.  My pain level is so much more tolerable.  I still have pain, but I can make it all day without taking extra meds.  My swelling is also getting better.  I still swell when I overdo it, but for the […]

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Oh the places we will go…

I’ve not taken a proper vacation since my dog was diagnosed with diabetes.  I refused to leave her for over two years until this past September, when I traveled to Washington DC for 2 nights for a patient advocacy trip.  I admit that I was a wreck until I had her back in my arms. […]

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My funny Valentine…

I am often asked about my #spooniedog, Georgia Grace.  She is still my feisty, stubborn, and adorable sidekick.  On days when I hurt, she has been very protective.  This is a change since my cat Lola passed.  Georgia was always the “world’s worst nurse” but has slowly become my greatest comfort as I’ve been battling […]

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Four more weeks…

I had my follow up for my broken foot (AKA 5th metatarsal fracture) today.  I’ve been trying my best to not bear weight on my foot since 11/1/2018.  The past 46 days have been difficult.  I’ve tried my best to not walk.  I admit, it’s so hard in my stair-filled house, so there are times when […]

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I hope you laugh…

I spend time with a lot of kids.  In my work and in my life, I am surrounded by kids a lot. The other day, a kid came up to me and our conversation went something like this: Kid: I feel so bad for you. Me: Why? Kid: I read your book. Me: (thinking kid […]

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When being neurotic is a good thing…

Yesterday was stressful.  I decided to get my nails done after work.  Before heading to the salon, I stopped by the house to walk the dog and give her some medication.  It was too early to feed her and give her insulin, but I figured I’d only be gone for 2 hours, so I had […]

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Check it out

…..my latest blog on The Mighty.  Read about my life with Georgia Grace.   I always write about myself as a person living with multiple chronic illnesses (rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, Graves’ disease, high blood pressure, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis), but today I am going in another direction. My beautiful dog, Georgia Grace is a […]

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Looking forward to a long winter’s nap…

It’s been a rough couple of weeks.  The dog’s diabetes diagnosis (see my previous blog It’s been a while…) and the stress of handling it caused me to flare HARD.  A medrol dose of prednisone and a lot of rest has gotten me in better shape.  I don’t feel great, but then again, I never feel […]

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It’s been a while…

It’s been a while since I have written.  I’ve had a serious case of writer’s block and honestly, since switching to my latest biologic drug, I’ve felt pretty good.  Maybe I was feeling cocky.  Maybe I was feeling lucky.  Maybe I am only inspired to write when I am in pain.  Today I am inspired […]

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