Hope and Happiness with Chronic Illness

Hopeful and Happy. Some people may not connect either of these with chronic illness and pain. It’s true illness and pain can bring dark times. It can take you to places you believe you are never going to get out of. To Sadness and despair.

But there can be hope and there can be happiness. Hope and happiness can come in moments of rest, sharing with a loved one, or in discovering a new skill.

In order for these moments to crack through the dark and despair one must be open to them. One must believe they can exist. These moments can break through spontaneously. We can also create them during our moments of darkness. Continue reading “Hope and Happiness with Chronic Illness”


Sometimes accepting reality is hard. Right now is one of those times for me. I am struggling with chronic migraine. I am not able to do the things I would like to do. I am missing concerts and movies and visits with family.

My fibromyalgia has been remarkably quiet. So this makes me feel like I am well. But I am not.

I haven’t been able to write as much as I would like. So I’ve decided that building community should be what I concentrate on. I am still writing but maybe not the lengthy informative posts I’d really would like to. Be sure to find me on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter to connect with me and others who want to Find Joy; Be Well.

I Love My Online Community

Living with chronic illness, disability, depression, anxiety or even a broken bone that keeps you mostly housebound can be very isolating. Even when you have family at home one can feel lonely. So today I wanted to write about my online community.

Over the last 10 years, my online peeps have been super important to me. My community has evolved over the years, just as the internet has. So here is a quick history of what social media has meant to me. Continue reading “I Love My Online Community”