Parenting with Chronic Illness

I had someone ask me the other day if having so many kids was 'smart' since I am a mom with chronic illness. Honestly, I wasn't totally sure what to say and I'm sure there are things that would have been full of kindness and grace, but I found myself saying,"Well, if you found yourself … Continue reading Parenting with Chronic Illness

Stress… Stress… and More Stress!

Hello friends... I hope you're all doing well today. I'm sorry I've been absent the last couple of months. Things have been... well... out of control around here. Just a bombardment of appointments, therapies, specialists, home visits, home OT; the list goes on and on! I just wanted to say thank you to every one … Continue reading Stress… Stress… and More Stress!

When The Darkness Creeps In…

Sometimes when I allow myself to stop and really think about how young I am in conjunction with my list of illnesses I wonder about things like an altered/shorter life span, my quality of life now compared to 8 years ago, I wonder if the pain will ever completely leave my bones. I think of … Continue reading When The Darkness Creeps In…

Inspiration Along My Path…

A HUGE thanks to Des for her guest posts; I hope you all enjoyed them as much as I did. I hope to have her back and writing for us all again soon! I'm finally out of the fog from surgery and can type a little... one-handed and slow, but typing. Thank you for all … Continue reading Inspiration Along My Path…

OH! I Know Someone…

We've all been somewhere, telling a story and that one person says,"Oh, I know someone who_________!" Am I right? Most of the time I just smile politely and think snarky things to myself when someone tells me they know someone with one of my conditions and how barley oat grass cured them or a gluten … Continue reading OH! I Know Someone…

The Sleeping Beast Awakens…

It had been months of agonizing stress waiting for court process after process to finally adopt our children. Nearly 18 months after parental rights had been severed in fact. During those months of stress and worry I was in a constant flare. My body was the remains of a desert rave after the hundreds of … Continue reading The Sleeping Beast Awakens…

All of The Labels and Then Some

Anyone who knows me well, knows I really quite despise labels. I'm not their bio-mom, adoptive mother, foster mom... I'm a MOM. I have a shirt from one of my favorite foster family non-profits that says: Bio, Adoptive, Foster all with a line through them and then MOM in big letters at the bottom. I … Continue reading All of The Labels and Then Some

Then There Were Two And Also Five…

Remember when I said my RA was under 'good control' and I was trying to navigate a new me with limitations? That only lasted a couple of months before they lumped on another diagnosis. This one I at least saw coming. Well, I kind of saw it stealthily peeking out from the corner of that … Continue reading Then There Were Two And Also Five…