Two Questions, Two Answers

Two Questions, Two Answers

The following is a poem I wrote a few years ago in the midst of a severe chronic illness. I still suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. One of the difficult aspects of living with a chronic illness is waking up every day and feeling the disappointment...
Hope is Real

Hope is Real

Imagine every day organizing your schedule around what will minimize your pain. You wake up, take a shower, brush your teeth, put on deodorant then plan your schedule around activities that you know will exacerbate your chronic pain. How miserable does that sound!...
Making the Good Days Count

Making the Good Days Count

It’s easy to get caught up in the pain and emotions that come with the bad days. They’re overwhelming. But what I’ve learned while dealing with a chronic illness is that you’ve got to appreciate the good days. You have to make the good days count. I was diagnosed with...
When Healing Doesn't Happen

When Healing Doesn't Happen

Today is a pain day. Every once in awhile, they creep up. The pain is severe and uncontrollable and obviously, unwelcome. I have had people ask me why God doesn’t heal me. I’ve had people ask me if I have even asked for healing. I have had people ask me if I believe...
Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea

DEPRESSION ISN’T ALWAYS EASY TO UNDERSTAND, BUT WE CAN OFFER COMPANIONSHIP TO THOSE ADRIFT ON ITS TURBULENT WATERS. Six years ago, my sister, Rachel, drifted out to sea—not a body of water, but the dark depths of depression. Looking back, I shouldn’t have been...

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