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baby got back: an MRI guide…

baby got back: an MRI guide…

I like big butts and I cannot lie. That’s not just a line from a catchy 90’s rap tune, I actually DO like big butts. Baby butts, dog butts, adult butts, they’re all fabulous. In fact, I spent many nights wishing upon a star as a little girl that I would be blessed in the gluteal region. I’m not exactly a curvaceous woman. My lady assets stopped growing prematurely, so I have always been envious of those ladies with very round…

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resolutions…

resolutions…

Happy New Year! I’m pretty excited about this year. 2015 was the most stressful year of my life – partly for reasons I have already shared with you like trying awful new medications, getting married, and the honeymoon – and for many reasons which I haven’t yet shared with you. I’m still searching for answers on a few things, and probably acceptance on a few others, and will explain it all to you in good time. In the meantime, I…

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invisible illness week: 30 things about me…

invisible illness week: 30 things about me…

This week is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week! In observance, invisibleillnessweek.com offers some great articles and podcasts for those with chronic illnesses and their caregivers. I encourage you to check it out. Invisible Illness Awareness Week also encourages bloggers to participate by blogging about the theme for the year, or posting this “30 Things About My Illness”. The theme this year is #invisiblefight, which I think is a wonderful theme, but which, for some reason, is leaving me speechless. Sure,…

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rollin in my 6-4…

rollin in my 6-4…

You may remember from my last post that I purchased a new set of wheels for my birthday a few weeks ago. I had been dreading taking my shiny new ride out for a spin in public for reasons I understood but didn’t want to acknowledge. Is it vain to care what you look like pushing a walker, or is that just human nature? After a previous horrible DMV experience (really – are there any other kind?), I knew I wasn’t…

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so this is what pride feels like…

so this is what pride feels like…

Ever since I was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), I have experienced an array of emotions: fear, contentment, embarrassment, disappointment…and certainly happiness. However, it is not often that I feel proud of myself. There just aren’t many opportunities for pride. My limited hours at work and my cognitive and memory issues aren’t exactly winning me any “lawyer of the year” awards. Other than to head to my office and the occasional tedious store stop, I do not leave home often.  I…

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so this is marriage…

so this is marriage…

Note: I am back from the honeymoon now, but actually wrote this post after the wedding, before the honeymoon. In the rush to get off to Hawaii, I forgot to post it. In the interest of not overwhelming you with a really long post, I decided to post this one now, in its original state, and follow it with a post about the honeymoon. – Linds —— Well, I did it. I got married! If you have been following this blog,…

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a meditation on meditation…

a meditation on meditation…

Having a chronic illness has opened my eyes to many things I didn’t know about, or much about, before. This includes eosinophil counts, cardiac rhythms, long naps, and meditation. I first became interested in meditation after reading Toni Bernhard’s How to Be Sick. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. I find meditation particularly helpful when the anxiety or adrenaline sets in. Because I never suffered from anxiety prior to developing postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), it is still…

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when negative is good…

when negative is good…

We become so hardwired to think of “negative” as bad, that I occasionally have the same reaction as George Costanza (see video below) when I receive negative results. However, when it comes to medical test results, negative is GOOD. You may remember from my last post that after some intestinal bleeding, my doctor ordered some tests.  The results are in. Negative for parasites. Negative for anemia.  Negative for salmonella, e.coli, or other bacteria. Everything came back normal (which is often the…

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the healthy gut…

the healthy gut…

Occasionally, the BF and I like to go out for “date night”.  Date night is like every other night, except that we put on something besides pajamas for two hours, we use a napkin to wipe our face, instead of our sleeves, and we practice appropriate conversation topics to have in public, which we have learned does NOT include conversations about butts or dog wieners. On Saturday, the BF and I went out for such a date at one of our…

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wedding jitters…

wedding jitters…

Wedding planning is stressful. I realize that may be the understatement of the year, and I’m probably preaching to the choir of former stressed out brides and grooms.  My wedding to-do list seems to be slightly growing daily, while my health has been slightly declining daily. In mid-January I attended my (former) stepsister’s wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony at a place called The Secret Garden, which is just as charming as the name implies. The bride looked gorgeous, the food…

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