Tag: health

for the holiday…a drug holiday

In the world of the chronically ill, there is a fantastic sounding phrase called “the drug holiday.” To me, this always evokes images of sun-drenched beaches where all the overworked pill bottles and syringe dispensers go to relax and take a break from the demands of their patients. And maybe another sun-drenched beach where those patients go, free from the confines of schedules and side effects and careful meal balancing and the math gymnastics involved in every Daylight Savings Time switch.

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you’re neither fish nor fowl when you’re chronically ill

There’s a certain amount of attitude that goes into having a chronic illness. You accept that this is your body and that you have limitations. It really isn’t the kind of situation where you can grit your teeth and pull yourself up by the bootstraps and you will overcome. The American Dream doesn’t work on chronic illness. But you can give your chronic illness a big old middle finger and have fun with the things you can do.

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Parenting an uncharted path

As parents, we all have checklists running in the backs of our minds pretty much all the time. Usually in the form of questions. Did everyone remember to pack their lunch? Did I turn the stove off? Are the Girl Scout forms all...

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This is Why I Run

I hate running.   I want to enjoy it.  I want to be one of those people who run to clear their mind and feel free.  But I’m not.  This is what’s going on in my head when I run: Am I almost done? This sucks. I should be folding...

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