Tag Archives: stress

Better Late Than Not At All

Last night, I was really struggling to come up with anything to be grateful for. I can’t say that no one in our family died this year. I can’t say my husband is getting closer to returning to work. I … Continue reading

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More Thoughts on Suicide

Last week, Johanna Haban provided some important resources and information for people with ME who are overwhelmed or are contemplating suicide. This topic is complicated and very important to discuss, so Johanna and I spoke further about issues related to … Continue reading

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Crisis and Suicide

The list of people with ME who have taken their own lives is too long. Fortunately, there is help available for anyone in crisis, and their loved ones. There are many issues to discuss about suicide and end of life, … Continue reading

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23 and ME

May the depths you have reached hold you still – John O’Donohue Twenty-three years ago today, I woke up with a sore throat. I went to work, and within a few hours I had a high fever and could barely … Continue reading

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My “Summer Vacation”

What I’ve done on my “summer vacation” has not been fun. I’ve had a rough couple of months. Non-ME health issues have gobbled up most of my capacity, and I’m still feeling the repercussions. I’m not ready to talk about … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Sickaversary

My friend, Jenny R, wrote these profound words about her sickaversary. 10 years and 4 days ago today I got sick and never got better. I wrote this to commemorate it: I want to write something incredibly profound and moving … Continue reading

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The Wall of Nope

I have reached a new low in life with ME. I call it: The Wall of Nope. The Wall of Nope is not a physical crash. It’s an inability to deal with obligations and necessary things. Here’s an example: I’m … Continue reading

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Pretty Much the Worst

One of the worst things someone said to me recently about my disability was: With all the stuff you’re doing, you work just as hard as someone working full time. The charitable and loving way to interpret this statement is: … Continue reading

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Saying No

How To Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness is Toni Bernhard’s latest book. I’ve reviewed Toni’s previous books (here, here, and here), but over the course of years, Toni has become one of my most beloved friends. So while … Continue reading

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21

October 6, 2015 was my 21st “sickaversary.” I know the date because the onset of ME/CFS in my case was so sudden and dramatic. Not a single doctor told me that I could be sick for years. Not a single … Continue reading

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