• Find Joy,  Mental Health

    Recognizing Depression and Anxiety in my Extroverted Self

    I had in my head an outline for how I wanted to tell my story. Nice and linear, each installment with its own lesson or insight. HA! Anyone who writes can probably tell you that’s not how story telling usually goes. So instead of trying to force my story into non-existent structure, I’m telling you the part that I feel is important at this moment. This summer I visited my hometown and took some time to look through my yearbooks and scrapbooks. These were full of my achievements. But there is something missing from them, something that is not visible and I was not even aware of. High School I…

  • Be Well

    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…

  • Review

    How Healing Works: Book Review

    How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal by Wayne Jonas, MD, if you just read the title this book may sound like a bunch of self help nonsense. Anyone that has been sick for any extended time knows that there isn’t always a cure. I was certainly skeptical when I saw this book on the new release shelf of my local library in the spring. I didn’t borrow it then, but it niggled at the back of my mind until I couldn’t resist anymore. The first thing I want to say about this book is that I truly and wholly buy into what…

  • Daily Routine

    Chronic Pain and Self Regulation: Wearing my Cranky Pants

    Since the beginning of the year I have been making a serious effort to stimulate myself intellectually. For many years the act of designing and making fiber arts has satisfied my need to use my brain. But as I get healthier I have become more restless and have required more thoughtful stimulation and conversation. During the first several weeks of 2018 I was making a good effort towards intellectually stimulating activities. I was writing regularly, participating in some Skill Share courses and enjoying the rigor of using my mind.  In February I had a 22-day migraine. By the end of these 22 days I was unable to string two sentences…

  • Review

    Chasing Hope: Book Review

    Patient, journalist, husband, father, friend. Richard M. Cohen wears a lot of titles, but is hopeful one of them? After living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 40 years, losing his eye sight, battling cancer, and giving up on his neurologists, one might say no. However, after his interest was piqued in the advancing use of stem cells for the treatment of MS, he might have a change of heart. In Chasing Hope: A Patients Deep Dive into Stem Cells, Faith, and the Future, Cohen examines hope both for treatment of his degenerative illness, and inside of faith practices, and psychology. I knew nothing about this book when it was released…