At the end of March, I had emergency surgery to remove a large abscess and infection in my colon. Despite going to my local Emergency Room two days in a row with severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and low blood pressure, I was sent home rather than being admitted to the hospital. A week later in a different town and a different hospital, my life was changed and saved. My infection was so severe that part of my colon and intestines needed to be removed. I am now adjusting to life with a temporary colostomy.
Let’s face it, life is hard! Sometimes horrible things happen to us and somehow we get caught completely off guard. No one ever wants to say it out loud but we feel bad for others when bad things happen to them while secretly hoping it never happens to us! Most of us don’t plan for bad things to happen, we don’t want to because we don’t want to think about it. No matter how much we plan and strive to avoid those things we’re afraid of the reality is, they’re still going to happen. We get sick, lose jobs and friends, we struggle financially, we get “those” calls and sometimes we get a terrifying diagnosis. So, I’m going to share with you five things I think you should remember when life gets hard.
Not too long after I celebrated my 50th birthday, I found myself facing a very unexpected, life-saving surgery to repair a ruptured colon, remove a large abscess, and a huge raging infection. What I thought was an episode of constipation turned into an event that almost took my life.
Have you ever had brain fog so bad that it was difficult to read and comprehend what you just read? Brain fog is a common problem for those with chronic illnesses, like Lyme disease, and can be mild to severe and can also wax and wane. Brain fog can make it almost impossible for you to read your Bible don’t worry, all is not lost. I’d like to suggest at least 8 ways you can still read your bible when you have brain fog. [Read more…]
When I realized that had once again been exposed to mold it totally explained why I have not been feeling my best. I knew something was off about the classroom I had been sitting in every week. I felt woozy, my head felt full and I even experienced some anxiety. Each time I went to this building my symptoms got worse and I began to get new symptoms.
It’s a new year and that means many people are setting New Year’s resolutions. Others hate setting resolutions but feel better about setting goals. I tend to be one who sets goals or intentions rather than resolutions. As I was thinking about my goals I came up with these seven goals for people with chronic illness. [Read more…]
Chronic Illness and Christmas
Every year as October came to its end I would begin to stress about the holidays. When you have a chronic illness and especially brain fog, common among Lymies, the holidays can bring about an overwhelm that is unlike any other time of year. It doesn’t have to be that way and so I want to share my 7 secrets for organizing a great Christmas, even if you have a chronic illness. [Read more…]
Last weekend I attended The 2 to 1 Conference (referred to as 2:1) in Herndon, Virginia. The theme of the conference couldn’t have been more perfect for a group of busy homeschool moms! Our theme was Abide based on the Bible verses found in John 15. Throughout the conference, we were reminded that as we go through life, we are going to encounter circumstances which are out of our control but as we abide in Christ we learn to have joy even when life is hard.