Category: Mental & Physical Health

  • An open letter to churches and church people about chronic illness and pain

    To churches and church folks everywhere: Unfortunately, I have heard too many stories from fellow chronic pain/chronic illness sufferers about mistreatment at the hands of the church or church people. Some of these people even end up losing their faith or abandoning church altogether because they are hurt so badly by the apathy or mistreatment […]

  • Bodhi Sitting Time

    Sometimes I sit around and wonder what my purpose in life is, especially right now when I am struggling with so many physical issues that it makes me feel useless, or like I can’t even live a “regular” life. From what I have heard, this seems to be a common feeling among those suffering from chronic […]

  • Art, pop, garbage and meditation – the stuff that is my life!

    Just a quick update about some stuff that has been going on in my life! 1) I have sold several artworks recently and am thrilled about it! It seems like more and more people are connecting with my art and that makes me so happy. 2) I have made a huge leap towards better health habits […]

  • Having communication problems doesn’t mean that we don’t have feelings!

    Last night I had an interesting dream about someone I hadn’t thought about in a long, long time. In this dream, I was once again being antagonized by a boy I knew many years ago in my early teen years. This boy really hurt my feelings more than he will probably ever know. Although he […]

  • When you are sick, but no one understands…living with CFS

    Today’s subject is inspired both by my personal experiences with health issues and the experiences of others I know or have known that suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). Although I myself have not been formally diagnosed with CFS, my doctor has ruled out many other autoimmune conditions and it is looking […]

  • Drugs are Scary

    Recently, my husband and I went to a special class about street drug use among youth. The only reason we really went was to earn some of our foster parent educational credit hours, but I must say that the class turned out to be eye-opening and even frightening on many levels. I thought I already […]

  • Yes, I have autism and I am proud!

    Not too long ago, after a lengthy round of psychological testing and lots of other mind-probing activities, my psychologist broke the news to me that I do officially have autism. The autism I have is a high-functioning type called Asperger’s (or at least it used to be called that, now they are starting to just […]

  • Staying sane during troubled times

    Lately things have been extremely stressful for me. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that I just feel overwhelmed and discouraged by circumstances that are somewhat out of my control, but still manage to weigh heavily on my heart and mind. I think I would have gone crazy recently if it […]

  • Determined to get healthy

    Since I started fostering kids, I have let my own health and wellness fall to the wayside somewhat.  I have been so involved in helping these hurting kids and making sure that they have what they need, that in some ways I have neglected my own needs.  I used to exercise almost every day and […]

  • Help for teens with weight issues

    ‘Weighing In’ written by Sylvie Boutaudou and illustrated by Laetitia Aynie, is a great read for any teen or pre-teen who struggles with their weight or other appearance issues.  The book is written in a down-to-earth style that appeals to young readers and includes many colorful and sometimes funny illustrations to keep the boredom factor […]