My title might suggest a study in economics but rest assured it is not where I am heading with this. The Law of Diminishing Returns Refers to a point at which the level of benefits gained is less than the amount of money or energy invested. When you live with chronic illness, over time your expectations, … Continue reading The “Chronic Illness” Law of Diminishing Returns
Every morning I wake up thinking, “Today will be a better day” Everyday, for more years than I care to count, I finish the day feeling battle weary. Every night I close my eyes to sleep, clinging to the hope that sleep will be renewing and I will wake up feeling refreshed. Every night I … Continue reading Maybe Tomorrow Will Be Better….Clinging To Hope
Living with chronic and disabling disease requires a complete change of lifestyle, a complete change of thinking. Gone are the days of waking up in the morning and jumping out of bed to have a quick breakfast, get showered and dressed, head to work or some fun planned day full of anticipated activities. Losses are … Continue reading Living A “Simply Special” Life, Despite Chronic Illness, Despite COVID-19
What if? What if my pain is worse tomorrow? What if I can’t sleep? What if I have a reaction to my new medication? What if my condition worsens? What if I contract COVID-19? What if my friends or family won’t understand why I need to continue to self isolate when pandemic restrictions are lifted? … Continue reading Sending The “What Ifs” Of Life Packing
Growing up I was often referred to as “Pollyanna” as I naturally played the glad game, always looking for the positive in a situation. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I was born with that personality trait given the health issues that have been thrown at me. As I moved into adulthood … Continue reading Taking A Professional Approach With Your Medical Team
Sometimes laughter is the best medicine, especially when chronic illness turns the simple act of going to bed, into a circus act. I'm no poet, but as my husband and I recovered from last night's antics over our morning coffee, our conversation ignited a tiny bit of poetic creativity: As I lay me down to … Continue reading As I Lay Me Down To Sleep….Who Am I Kidding!!
You're probably wondering what on earth the title to this blog means. How can you be "Blissfully Broken"? No I haven't gone mad.....ok, maybe just a little! I'm just musing about my life as it stands today. When chronic illness is complex it's easy to feel overwhelmed. We can be diagnosed with so many adjunct … Continue reading Blissfully Broken
In 2018, as the New Year approached, I decided to dare to dream and wrote a blog post, Let's Go Fly A Kite. The idea was to list a few things I would love to do but felt were way out of reach or were just pure imagination. I also had a small realistic list. … Continue reading My Very Own “Escape To The Country”
I love turning over the calendar at the beginning of a new month. I have a pretty wall calendar in my study, so I look forward to revealing a new picture on the morning of the 1st day. It's a symbolic act in some regards, of saying goodbye to the old month, the good and … Continue reading The Ups And Downs Of Everyday Life Plus An Extraordinary Event!
It’s no secret I love writing. Throughout my career the thing I loved the most was communication, both written and verbal. To me communication is about connecting, making connections, renewing connections, allowing people into my life. It's certainly been my goal with blogging and writing articles, for a number of publications, including The Mighty My … Continue reading The Joy Of Journaling