Getting Healthy

Being a stroke survivor I am focused on becoming as healthy as possible, interested in medical news, and sympathetic to all who live with disabilities. Comments and observations on anything related to health …

Updates & 5 Productivity tips…

Sitting up, dressed, AND drinking coffee for the first time in almost 10 days. Maybe I’m starting to adapt to the med change? Oh, I hope so. So much I want to do… (If you’re not sure what’s been going on, check mine and Gizmo’s social media. Links at the bottom of the page.) So …

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#TrueMigrainePose

We’re coming to the end of Migraine & Headache Awareness Month, and I have to say I’m rather disappointed and actually a little bit angry. I’m disappointed that… there are over 37 million migraine sufferers in America, yet funding for research for this disease is less than $0.50 per Migraineur. for so many people in …

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Beware: Mental Illness Affects All! You should know…

In 2006, while I was rehabbing from strokes and heart surgery, another member of our family was diagnosed with mental illness, and consequently hospitalized a number of times. Up until that point, we were blissfully ignorant of mental illness. We quickly learned that it affects not just the one with the diagnosis, but everyone who …

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Life and Blogging on the Disabled List

Welcome sports fans, it’s baseball season! Unfortunately, I’ve been on the DL since April 3rd. I’ve made an effort through the years to keep this blog upbeat, positive, and encouraging. What I’ve noticed is that when I don’t feel those things, I tend not to write. The regular struggle for me is that as a …

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But you look normal…

Most things in life are both good and bad. Cliché but true, there are two sides to every coin. Here’s the one that makes me the craziest: “But you look normal. “ So, two things: 1. I’m not. I have survived strokes. Strokes, with an “s,” plural, at least five that we know of. The …

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Top Ten Things YOUNG Stroke Survivors wish you knew:

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and this is my annual post on the topic since, as my regular readers know, I am a stroke survivor myself. I am part of an online support group for Young Stroke Survivors, and last night a member opened a discussion by asking what we wanted people to know about …

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Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood

I’ve suffered from chronic and invisible illnesses since I was a teenager. Migraines at 15, endometriosis at 17, back issues thanks to a car accident in college, Crohn’s Disease and Anylosing Spondylitis in my 20s, and then strokes which are probably symptomatic of a larger neurological disorder in my late 30s. I have frustrated family, …

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Life after Stroke: What I have Learned

May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and various organizations using social media have been doing an excellent job getting out information regarding warnings and symptoms related to stroke. I would like to use this post to flesh out some of those thoughts, and remark on some of the most prevalent comments and myths I hear …

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