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Not All Challenges are Visible

Not All Challenges are Visible

I'm excited today to be guest posting over at the new Knoxville Mom's Blog. I hope you will check out my post "Support not Sigh's".  It details one of the hardest parts of being a Mom of a child that faces special challenges in life. Those challenges are not...

Five Minute Friday – Tree

Five Minute Friday – Tree

Last week, I stumbled upon this idea that was started by Lisa-Jo Baker. It is called "5 Minute Friday". The concept is simple: each week she decides on a topic or word and you write for 5 minutes with no editing, no proof-reading, nothing. Five minutes of just letting...

Tips for Talking to Kids about Bullying

Tips for Talking to Kids about Bullying

"Bullying is behavior that hurts or harms someone who cannot defend themselves, either emotionally or physically." - Raise A Giant  As a Mom of two children that are in elementary school, the topic of bullying is one that is on my radar. I have a child that...

It Could Happen to Any of Us

In August of 2012, I was off work for the day and I got a phone call from my husband in the late afternoon. I heard the words from him that literally made my heart sink, "I don't have a job anymore and I'm on the way home". I was in a panic. What were we going to do...

Halloween Flashback

Halloween Flashback

My mom was cleaning out my old bedroom closet last week and all the stuff I had stored in there for years and years was suddenly deposited at my house. I have a box of trophies, horse show ribbons, old 45's (blast from the past), other old albums, and then some...

Roller Skating Gave Me Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Roller Skating Gave Me Rheumatoid Arthritis?

I was sitting down talking with my daughter, who is 7, about my Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) one afternoon. I was trying to explain to her how it makes me hurt and keeps me from doing things. I thought the conversation went well and she understood until one evening...

Breaking a Weight Loss Stall

After weight loss surgery, you get so used to the weight dropping off fast and steady. However, there are times when you step on the scale and it has not moved one little bit. You then step on the scale the next day and again, it hasn't moved. This is the dreaded...

Prednisone

Prednisone

Prednisone is one of those drugs that provides us with relief if we are inflamed but also has some less than desirable side effects. I have taken prednisone for my asthma for years when I would get sick with bronchitis. That was usually a 60mg taper dose over 8 to 10...

Eat Many Small Meals

Eat Many Small Meals

When I began my weight loss journey, the nutritionist told me to only eat three meals a day. As I began to transition from liquids after surgery to foods, first I didn't want to eat at all which was unusual for me. However, I found that in order to get all my...

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