(wo)man’s best friend…

(wo)man’s best friend…

One year ago today, my life changed. This handsome fella came into my life: Today is Fletcher’s one year adoption anniversary. I first came across his adorable face when searching a local dog shelter’s website. When I saw his photograph, I immediately fell in love with Fletcher’s golden eyes. We made an appointment to see Fletcher, but were warned by the shelter that he was extremely shy. Shy didn’t even begin to describe him. He was petrified. Fletcher wouldn’t make…

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further down the rabbit hole…

further down the rabbit hole…

It has been an interesting few weeks – the Cubs finally won the World Series, Donald Trump will be President, marijuana is now legal in California, and I have two “new diagnoses”, although I use those terms loosely, as one is not really new, and one is not really a diagnosis. For the one that is not actually a diagnosis”: My doctor’s assumption of being peri-menopausal was correct. What. the. f*ck. I’m in my mid (okay, late) 30’s, so this…

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POTS mini conference…

POTS mini conference…

Great news! If any of you are located near southern California, I highly recommend you check this out! CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) is offering a great POTS conference on December 3-4, 2016 in Orange, California. The conference is $25.00 per person for patients/family members. There is also a conference for medical professionals that you can share with your doctor. The schedule includes speeches from many of the POTS superstars as well as a breakout session for teens so…

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when good doctors happen to bad people…

when good doctors happen to bad people…

I’d like to think that I’m not actually a bad person, but I’m continuing a theme. After my previous “when bad doctors happen to good people” post – I forgot to mention the doctor who, after talking to me for about 3 minutes told me he couldn’t help me, then proceeded to ask me for free legal advice for the next 15 minutes – I thought I should share some recent positive experiences with doctors so I don’t seem like…

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#ThisIsChronicIllness…

#ThisIsChronicIllness…

Today marks the first day of Dysautonomia Awareness month, and tomorrow is the last day of Invisible Illness Awareness week, so I like to think of today as the “Invisible – Dysautonomia Vortex” where the two cross. The theme for Invisible Illness Awareness Week this year is “This is Chronic Illness” where people are encouraged to share a glimpse into their daily life. If you’d like to participate, more information is available here. I decided that my contribution to this…

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5k walk/run in springfield, oh…

5k walk/run in springfield, oh…

Friends (I call everyone “friend” – if you’re reading this post, we’re friends. Even if it’s not mutual. Deal with it.), if you happen to be in the Springfield, Ohio area, or know someone who is, and do not have plans this Saturday morning, September 24th, please consider joining this 5k walk/run for Standing Up to POTS, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports awareness and research. It’s not too late! You can even show up on the morning of the walk….

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Reblog: Sept. 30th, My Visibility Day

Reblog: Sept. 30th, My Visibility Day

One of the blogs I follow, Dysautonomia Dorothy, recently posted about starting a “Visibility Day” on September 30th, during Invisible Illness week, which runs from September 26th to October 2nd. For more information on Invisible Illness week, click here. I think it’s a wonderful idea to have a day where we bring awareness to our invisible illnesses by making them visible. So, read Dysautonomia Dorothy’s post linked below, and if you’re so inclined, wear a t-shirt, button, sign…whatever you want…

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when bad doctors happen to good people…

when bad doctors happen to good people…

I feel like most people with complicated chronic illnesses deserve honorary medical degrees. Every week I spend countless hours reading medical journals and researching different illnesses. The number of doctors I have had to educate on my condition is astounding. I actually left my old PCP because he had never heard of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and didn’t seem to have any interest in learning about it. I see a cardiologist for my POTS, but its important that the…

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