April 24, 2020

I can’t believe it’s “only” been 4 years since the “Summer of the Ticks.”  It seems like a lifetime ago.  In many ways it was – I am a different person, living in a different place, believing different things, feeling different emotions; my relationships are different, my goals are different, my bod...

April 14, 2020

 (Day 4 of 4)  (Day 1)  (Day 2)  (Day 3)

We have spent the last 40 days looking at Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness, as a model of where our own journey, be it through Lyme or Lent, should focus.  Through Jesus, Moses, and the prophets, we have seen 40 days of preparation for serving th...

March 29, 2020

(Day 3 of 4)  (Day 1)  (Day 2)  (Day 4)

While my plan was to help people “get” (understand) Lyme for Lent through nutritious eating, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided excellent opportunity to share the lessons of Lyme on a larger scale.  Millions are starting to “get it” now.  Once you give the...

March 13, 2020

I would like to thank COVID-19 for supporting the Lyme4Lent Challenge in bigger ways than I ever imagined (and for the “Corona and Lyme” joke – but please stop, because that one got old before it even left China).

The intent of #Lyme4Lent is to induce some of the struggles that face Lyme-MSIDS and ot...

February 21, 2020

 (Day 2 of 4)  (Day 1)  (Day 3)  (Day 4)

There’s a occurrence in immigration called “brain waste.”  It refers to what happens when highly-educated professionals from foreign countries can’t find jobs in their new country, because of language, certification, racial, or other legal barriers....

February 8, 2020

 (Day 1 of 4)  (Day 2)  (Day 3)  (Day 4)

While preparing to ponder the meaning of Lent and how I can incorporate it into my life, I made the stirring discovery that my health journey began exactly 1600 days ago – 40 x 40 days.  The more I struggle to connect with God and keep faith on this...

January 29, 2020

We have a saying in Lyme Disease: “You don’t get it til you get it.”  This is true of all of life’s situations – chronic illness, addiction, parenthood, grief, socio-economic status, race, religion, everything, really.  You don’t understand the far-reaching consequences of a person’s circumstances u...

November 29, 2019

You don’t have to have a debilitating disease to feel like the joy of Christmas has been lost. The older we get, the more we lament the “good old days” when our senses were overwhelmed with twinkling lights, jingle bells, sugar cookies, and so many cousins! If these are all the things we love about...

November 14, 2019

‘Tis the season for giving, but if there’s someone with chronic illness in your life, you might not be sure what is an appropriate gift to give. Because of the limitations imposed by Lyme, old friends drift apart, new friends are hard to get close to, and even life-long family relationships can chan...

May 4, 2019

There are endless lists available of What Not To Say to the chronically ill. We’ve heard it all, we’ve done it all, and it’s really not helping. Feel free to browse them sometime and see if you might need to change your tune. However, I try to avoid fixating on these because we all have done and sai...

May 3, 2019

Redeeming The Wasted Days, continued (title pun intended)

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“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

Isaiah 64:8
 


The world we live in focuses on being finely glazed porcelain – be the best you can be,...

May 2, 2019

One of the topics I knew I’d need to write about since I built my website, as it so often plagues me, is the anguish of The Wasted Days. Especially in the beginning of an MSIDS journey, when your spoons are severely limited by acute illness, and spent on just understanding your condition, you p...

May 1, 2019

A really important concept in the Lyme-MSIDS and chronic illness community is Spoon Theory. I talk about my “spoons” a lot, then realize I’ve made a mistake when people look at me weird, and I have to explain Spoon Theory; ironically, I don’t have enough spoons to do it. So here’s the scoop (pun int...

April 24, 2019

People think of recovery as tomorrow being better than yesterday, every day, every week, a little stronger. But Lyme-MSIDS recovery, like the throes of the disease itself, is a roller coaster.

December 4, 2018

I subscribe to news feeds regarding Lyme disease, and people are always sending me the same articles.  I keep reading headlines that Avril Lavigne released a worship song. Avril Lavigne’s new single crossed over into the Christian markets. Avril Lavigne crossed over into Christian music. Avril Lavig...

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