Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing your journey with us. We are sending you all of our love and support.
New year, new groove or was it? I woke up this morning with a migraine so intense that I was fully prepared to head to the ER and I began to run through my script, "Why are you here, ma'am?" or "What do you normally use for your migraines?" and the usual "Did you eat anything that may have triggered your migraines?" as if to imply I brought this upon myself and am now wasting their time. I decided I would battle this out at home because I was in no mood to deal with the condescending glances of yet another physician who may have marked my chart as a potential drug seeker and I most definitly was not subjecting myself to harsh treatment or being berated by someone who has never experienced that pain of a migraine let alone a simple headache. Thankfully, a twenty-four hour pharmacy was able to find one refill of my migraine medication and by 3 0'clock I was feeling somewhat "human" again.
When we live with #chronicillness of any kind, we often encounter negativity from the outside world. Often times our families dismiss our illness or fail to even educate themselves of our struggles. Our friends who were once by our side during our days of #health have seemed to slip away while we spend countless hours in and out of doctors' offices, hospitals and institutions seeking answers or being subjected to myriad of tests, scans and the like. Even our own physicians tend to waiver from "hopeful" to "passive" as they run out of either attempted diagnoses or treatment options depending upon our cases. Support groups can either be a blessing or a curse and come with rules or restraints that some find cumbersome. Most have made beautiful friendships that have aided them in their journeys and have gained much knowledge otherwise unfound even in their own physician appointments.
Happy #Warrior #Wednesday! We had a slight computer glitch so we are posting on #Thankful #Thursday. Thank you for your understanding.
Today, Thursday, we are sharing our #WarriorWednesday which in turn is apropos for the very piece being offered today. With any chronic illness we must know and embrace our limitations even it means that some items must be placed in the "do tomorrow" file so that we may take the time that our tired bodies need to refuel! Thank you, everyone, for understanding our brief delay in posting.
'Melanie Harris was kind enough to share her journey with us. Thank you, Melanie, for allowing us to walk with you and for opening up your beautiful heart. We appreciate you, your artistry in jewelry and your compassion for our community.
My story could take days to tell, but I'll try to keep it short.
I am going to share some pretty personal information. Not a big deal to some of you, I am sure, but to me, it is huge. I am not the kind of person who does this – or at least I did not use to be. But things have changed for me. In February 2014, I spent a week in the hospital and was diagnosed with gastroparesis. I am guessing most people have never heard of this; I know I had not, prior to being diagnosed.
Survivor: Declarative. Questionable? Exclamatory!