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    An Anniversary that Wasn’t

    Halloween was always a fun time in my house. As the youngest I always had help compiling a clever Halloween costume. In high school the marching band dressed up for the game before Halloween, the last game of the year becoming extra festive. . Once I met Ryan in college  I was set for a lifetime full of original and unexpected couples costumes. Cue the fall of 2007, which I originally wrote about here. Long story short, the week of Halloween I contracted pneumonia and whooping cough, missed dressing up as a pirate, and spent the week before Thanksgiving in the hospital. Anniversaries are significant. We acknowledge birthdays, marriages, the…

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    My Pain and God’s Presence

    I was going through a particular painful migraine last week. I’m talking pain that I have not experienced in recent memory. It’s hard, and exhausting, and very lonely. I’m a very emotional person. I feel my emotions and other people’s emotions very strongly. The emotions I’ve experienced over the last week have been sadness, anger, helplessness, frustration, love, relief, joy, and happiness. Over and over again, like riding an endless roller coaster. As strongly as I feel emotions, when I feel the need to cry, for tears, it doesn’t always happen. I suspect this is a result of the medication I have taken for my depression and anxiety for the…

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    Be Well: Part Two

    This is part two of a series about my chronic illness journey. You can read the introduction here.  First and most importantly I want to say recovery, wellness, health does not happen over night. If you woke up this morning and are finding this blog because you decided you wanted to be well, that’s amazing. But making that decision is only the first step. There is a lot of work, some luck, and just the right amount of support involved in the process. This is true for everyone, not just those of us living with chronic illness.

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    Be Well: My Chronic Illness Journey

    At the beginning of 2018 I knew I wanted to start something new. I called it a project. I wasn’t ready to call it a business, and I did not want to call it just a a website or a blog as I envisioned something broader. The impetus for this project was looking back over 2017 and realizing how much I had learned and grown through several challenges. I wanted to share what I learned about living with an invisible chronic illness, help others who may or may not also be chronically ill find wellness and joy, and create a community of people who would share their support. As I…

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    Introducing Myself

    I wanted to take a quick moment to introduce myself. I hope that you will get to know my be reading my posts. But I figured it couldn’t hurt to give you a bit of information before you start. HI! My name is Chrissy, I live in Columbus, OH, and I’m 36. I include this information so you know where I am coming from when I am writing. I’ve had certain life experiences that are directly connected to my location and age.