Broken, Confused, but Holding On

I recently came across a small notebook I’d written in nearly ten years ago, and inside found words of struggle and of hope. If you live with chronic illness or any kind of suffering, I’m putting this here today so you can know you’re not alone, but also to give each of us the chance […]

When Comfort and Joy seem Far Away

As we hear of wars and rumors of wars, as we watch the news or read the blogs, as we go into yet another presidential election, as we wish for peace on earth but see anything but…we need comfort and joy. For the families of mass shooting victims, for friends who lost loved ones around this […]

How to Not Dread Holiday Events When You’ve Got a Stupid Chronic Illness

If you’re healthy, Thanksgiving is usually a vacation, a break from the usual work, time to play, time to indulge in some extra special food, time to be with those you love and maybe watch some football. For those of us with chronic illness, a holiday can be anything but a vacation. We have to […]

When God Says No, and a Loved One Dies

“I feel sorry for Moses,” my husband said as he taught Sunday school this past Sunday. It was time for Moses to die, but he begged God to let him go into the promised land, the place he had spent many, many years of his life leading his people toward. He wanted to experience the moment […]

Hurting Alone

If you are hurting alone, I can only imagine the added burden that is to your life, and I feel a heavy grief for you. The best way I can offer hope is through a story of my little boy… *** My two-year-old little boy was having unexplained health problems. They were mostly digestive, and […]

Not Enough Faith? – When People Say Your Sickness if Your Fault

The man approached and sat next to me. “Can I ask you a question?” His tone was serious, his eyes intense. I had just finished speaking to his small group, talking mostly about human trafficking and how I came to be an author after leaving the mission field. Weaved through that story, however, was an […]

How Different Personalities Respond to Stress – Part 2

Let’s go deeper into the 4 personality types and how they respond to stress (see last week’s post for Part 1)… A Sanguine’s emotional needs are people related: attention, affection, approval and acceptance. They like to be optimistic and bubbly, and get depressed when life is not fun and no one seems to love them. Sanguine’s […]

CHRONIC ILLNESS – How Different Personalities Respond to Crisis

CHRONIC ILLNESS AND YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. Redd Rox How did you react when you found out you were officially unhealthy? Not unhealthy as in temporarily sick, but as in chronically I’ll-never-be-the-same, what-happened-to-my-life kind of unhealthy? People react to crisis in different […]

5 New Year’s Resolutions for those with Chronic Illness

So I do actually have a goal for losing weight this year, but that’s pretty much a constant goal, considering when I go up on steroids for my Addison’s, my weight goes up and I need to lose it again so I can gain it again the next time I’m up. Fun. New Year’s resolutions […]

Christmas Wrapped in Pain

Two dear friends have faced devastating loss this week. How will they celebrate Christmas? They can’t sing about figgy pudding or laugh through old memories. Their memories now are laced with pain. How will they bear this season that is supposed to be merry and bright? Next week, seventeen people will be in my house. […]

My Name is Kimberly and I have Addison’s Disease

Yesterday, someone I’ve known for awhile asked me what my health condition was. I often hear comments like, “I don’t mean to be nosy, but…” “Do you mind if I ask you…?” “I don’t want to be rude…” I don’t know about other people with health conditions, but I think such questions are great. I […]

When Comfort and Joy seem Far Away

When Comfort and Joy seem Far Away For so many, this holiday season holds more than memories of happy family traditions and shiny new presents. It also marks anniversaries of loss and sorrow, of long goodbyes, of unexpected diagnosis’ or the pain of a funeral. Two friends have gone to be with Jesus in the […]

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