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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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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Inflammation motivation…

I recently read an article called:  “Chronic inflammation removes motivation by reducing dopamine in the brain.”  Reading the article was one of those “OMG this is me!!!” moments.  For the past few years, I just could not figure out where my motivation went.  Granted, I’m exhausted and in pain….but I have ZERO motivation for things […]

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Who knows best…

Insurance is a blessing and a curse in my life.  I’m grateful to have coverage, but so frustrated a the antiquated system of step therapy that they industry still holds valid. I’ve written before about suffering for 7 years before finding a biologic drug that made me feel somewhat human again.  Why?  Because I had […]

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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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You ain’t no copper penny…

Recently, I’ve been going through a lot a stress.  Health, family, pets, household issues, etc….if I wasn’t for bad luck, I’d seriously have none.  On top of it all, I’ve gained a ton of weight from both inactivity due to my broken foot and stress eating.  Then I ended up getting sick.  The kind of […]

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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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A scary good day…

On Monday, I had my annual mammogram.  The following day, I received a message that there was a problem and I needed to come back.  I missed the call and didn’t get the message until late, so I had to wait until this morning to call back.  The way the message sounded, there was an […]

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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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RA Blog Week 2018: Day 5 (Another Wildcard): Politics

Honored to be a part of this 4th annual RA Blog Week 2018.  Thanks to Rick Phillips for organizing and inviting me to participate.  Today’s topic is not one I was able to respond to, so I decided to do another wild card.  Here is today’s prompt: Politics – Health is always a hot item for […]

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