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  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Preparation (Week 2 Wrap-up)

While the first seven days of this journey were all about getting into the swing of things, week two was about preparation. Sounds a little backwards? Let me explain… I have decided to jump headfirst into caring for my body. That means: new dietary discoveries, all kinds of testing, getting systematic with my exercise and eating habits, and above all else finding the best ways for me to  ...

  Self-care

Acknowledging the “Spoon Theory” & Accepting Your Limitations

In case you haven’t heard of the “Spoon Theory” before (and even if you have), please take the time to read Christine Miserandino’s account of how she began to discuss living with chronic illness in terms of having utensils. In essence, the Spoon Theory is a metaphor that sets up health like a bank account (to use another analogy). For most people, sleep and food act  ...

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Day 5

Today I officially signed up for Zesty Ginger’s Healthy Hormones Group program! It starts on March 14 and runs for 12 weeks, covering all three months of the AIP challenge I’ve made for myself. And right now, that means lots of time spent filling out questionnaires, waiting on test results, and figuring out how to make my diet work for me! That’s been one of the major  ...

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Days 3 & 4

Sleep has been both elusive and consuming. I’ve had insomnia ever since I can remember. My therapist says that being asleep is the most vulnerable a person can be physically, and that the racing of my brain and rise in anxiety when I go to bed probably stems from feelings of not being safe when I was a child. When I was two, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. My earliest memory  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

Pressing the Reset Button

Now and again, there comes a time when we just need to take a breather and hit the reset button on life.¬†Frustrations mount, stresses build, and complications twist everything into a knotted, tangled mess. You can’t always walk away from your stressors – usually you can’t – but you can take a step back. You can take a moment to yourself and reenter the situation with a  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

A Good Day

So often when you have a chronic disorder, especially a painful or debilitating one, it can be difficult to talk about the good days. That seems counterintuitive, right? Shouldn’t we want to talk about the good days more than the bad? Of course we do! Thinking of the good days is what gets us through the bad ones. And yet, so many times when I’m writing on this blog, posting on  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

Once More Into the Breach

I’m sitting in a hotel room in Miami, mere hours from the next chapter in what has become a seven-year climb. I suppose I could think of my steady stream of surgeries as a mighty war against the scar tissue that continues to threaten my vision. Tomorrow’s surgery is but one battle of many in a long siege that the guerrillas seem to keep winning. Each time the surgeons believe  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

Try, Try Again

Do you ever wake up and just think, “Not today”? For those of us with chronic illnesses (or even difficult habits), finding a way out can seem like an impossible task. After years of trying, the trying itself can become a monstrous chore. I know I have certainly had moments where giving up looked like the best viable option.¬†Except, I would remember,¬†giving up means getting worse.  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

Putting the Pieces Together

We don’t talk enough about the added effects of chronic health problems. We’ll talk about what medications help. We might mention their physical side effects. But how often do we talk about how these things affect our daily lives? It’s almost as if being alive is enough. But in some ways it really isn’t. Being alive and living are not mutually inclusive. Doctors and  ...

  Sudden Sight Originals, Uncategorized

The Numbing Wall

I suppose I should start by saying that I won my battle with the insurance company! I apologize that it has been so long since I have written. I could blame it on being in grad school. Or on this increasingly frustrating bout of writer’s block. But excuses are futile. I haven’t written because I haven’t known what to say or how to help. I’ve been busy, yes, but mostly  ...