Category Archives: Starting Over

Silence Can Be Bliss…

It was the beginning of June, an extremely hot day this past summer. My caregiver Michael and I had spent the afternoon, as usual, running errands and doing necessary things around the house like cooking and laundry. There was about … Continue reading

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Stay With Me

It’s a complicated issue. Stay with me. I have made no secret on this blog about the fact that I have a psychiatric disability as well as a physical one, and I am willing to talk about it as much … Continue reading

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How Can I Help You?

2016 is still in its infancy, and like most people I have spent the last few weeks reflecting on both where I have been and where I want to go. Speaking personally, I have never been a fan of New … Continue reading

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My Personal 100 Day Challenge

It’s true.  I have totally eaten like crap lately.  My diet is terrible.  Sonic cheeseburgers are as much a part of my routine as exercise is supposed to be.  The order is always the same.  A junior double cheeseburger with … Continue reading

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Use Your Power!

When I decided to enter the Ms. Wheelchair Kansas pageant in 2007, part of the application process was to come up with a platform.  If I was crowned, what did I want my message to be?  What did I want … Continue reading

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Moving On…

One of the reasons it hit me so hard was because it was so unexpected. Last Sunday started out like most others.  One of my caregivers came in the morning.  I took a shower, she helped me get dressed, and … Continue reading

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Confessions of A Coke Addict… (The Kind You Drink!)

It’s time to come clean.  There was a time when I was completely powerless. Soda has always been one of my weaknesses.  It was a special treat when I was growing up.  Like many in my generation, my mom did … Continue reading

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The Last Laugh

Quirks fascinate me.  What motivates some people to tap their fingers incessantly, or wear different colored socks is intriguing.  I have always thought of quirks as fingerprints, characteristics that make each one of us unique in our complexity, with a … Continue reading

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Better Than A Burger

Hey, everyone!  Guess what?  I DID it! On December 1st, I set out to accomplish something that I had never come close to before.  I set a goal to complete a 30-day juice fast.  On December 31st I started eating … Continue reading

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Better Than Christmas

Most people consider Friday the 13th to be unlucky, but in terms of my day yesterday, I must disagree.  My day yesterday was better than Christmas.  You see, December 25th comes around every year. But yesterday I got to do … Continue reading

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