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    Doing What Works

    I’ve had so much drive to get some things done around my house. After trips with tons of dirty clothes, gifts that need a place, and just regular chores, my home is a wreck! In my mind, I imagine getting the entire house cleaned up in one day. Isn’t that how I used to do it? Yes, before my pain and fatigue became severe, I could really “turn out the work”. Now, this is just a memory. But, yesterday was a day that I felt I could push through the pain. Throughout the day, I stopped to use heat or ice on my back. This made my back pain tolerable.…

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    Thyroid Awareness Month

    Thyroid diseases are more common than diabetes or heart disease. Because it’s so common, it’s important for us to be aware of the types of Thyroid disease and be screened for it. The thyroid hormone is produced by our thyroid glands and are used to control the cells and organs in your body. Take the time to learn about your thyroid and thyroid diseases. I’m not a medical expert, so don’t refer to this post for medical advice. Instead, please see your personal physician. @2019, copyright Lisa Ehrman Disclosure: affiliate link below. If you want to know more about Thyroid Disease, there is an upcoming free online webinar. You can…

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    Fighting Days

    So many people with chronic illness call themselves fighters or warriors. I tend to steer clear of this, because I want to think of myself in different terms. But, days like today remind me that if I don’t fight, I don’t know what will happen. I knew today would be hard, because I was determined to make it to church. The pain was bad, but not severe as it has been. After sitting through church and making a pizza afterwards, my pain was getting worse. And, then the fatigue (exhaustion) set in. I just wanted to sleep forever! As I rested on the couch watching football, the obvious fight was…

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    January Writing Prompts for Spoonies

    Dedicating, Establishing, Breaking, Strengthening, and Allowing These 5 prompts will start the new year off writing about chronic illness. A Chronic Voice has this monthly link-up with many of us who blog about chronic illnesses and how they affect our lives. After the excitement, drama, and fun of the Christmas season and the birth of my first grandchild, it will be so beneficial to focus on these words. Dedicating: I do feel like I’m dedicating myself anew to using my blog for your good. My dear readers always send me tons of encouragement and I hope to offer the same to them. As many of you are dedicating this new…

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    Failing To Cope

    Living with chronic illness is tough. Many days and even weeks will go by when I’m able to cope pretty well with all the pain. But, then comes a day like today. I’ve been failing to cope all day. Driving back home from our Christmas trip took 11 hours and this always brings the worst pain. Sitting up in a car on this length of trip was excruciating. My pain was intense the entire trip, even though I took 2 separate doses of Naproxen. Although it dulled the pain, I was miserable and wanted to scream. Yesterday I did keep my cool and stayed positive. But, the day after the…

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    Goodbye To 2018

    2018 is almost history.  This year has been a challenging one and also a year that’s brought me much joy.  I’ve learned so much about myself and the world around me. 2018 began with the new Sjogren’s diagnosis and my long journey to get treatment.  Getting an appointment with a rheumatologist wasn’t easy and it took months to get in.  Treatment was gradual and slow.  Starting Plaqeunil was slower than average and I’m a week away from the 6-month mark to see the full effects.  Although, most people see results in 6 months, some people take a full year see the full effect. I can tell that my energy level…