Letting Go …revisited

  As one would expect, January seems the month of reflection and action for many of us. Unfortunately, for me, I tend to spend WAY too much time in the reflection stage.   The few posts I put up last year showed me the kind of year I lived. Things really became clear when it was time to ...

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Saturday ,January 10, 2015 Behaviors and Patterns, Challenge and Opportunity, Personal Stories, Self-Care, Stress Mgmt, Work and Career comments closed

Staying Falls Free®

We hear a lot lately about  falls prevention among the elderly. Did you know, however, that falling risks do not actually increase just because you hit 65 and older? For those of you in my shoes, so to speak, and are noticing changes in balance already in your fifties, prevention of injury needs to begin long ...

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Monday ,September 22, 2014 Chronic Illness, Community, Events, Health, Healthy Living, Lifestyle, MLWT, Oregon, Self-Care, Washington comments closed

Quick Fall Update

I fully accept that blogging isn’t easy for me. I spend much more time away from the computer these days, as my Twitter and Facebook activity (or more precisely, inactivity) can illustrate. I do plan on returning, however, and writing about the experiences I will be having as the health education workshops, Tai Chi & Qigong ...

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Friday ,September 12, 2014 Chronic Illness, Community, Healthy Living, MLWT, Oregon, Research, Social Support, Washington comments closed

Exploded View

In my defense, I have thought about posting here...but have been a little distracted:       You know how the instructions to put things like furniture together are sometimes shown in, what is referred to as, an “exploded view”? Bits and pieces of the final product appearing to fly apart from some sort of big bang in the ...

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Saturday ,July 12, 2014 Cancer, Challenge and Opportunity, Chronic Illness, Coping, Medical Support, Personal Stories, Self-Care, Stress Mgmt, Treatment Approaches and Perspectives comments closed


The subject of visibility is stuck in my brain these days. Over the past years, I’ve watched the emerging patient advocacy movement grow and individuals living with health challenges were finding empowerment in sharing the voice of their experiences and needs. The “Patient as consumer” or “Be your own best advocate” jargon is heard much ...

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Sunday ,May 11, 2014 Behaviors and Patterns, Cancer, Challenge and Opportunity, Chronic Illness, Coping, Education and Skill Building, Lupus, Medical Support, Personal Stories, Self-Care, Social Support, Strategies, Stress Mgmt comments closed

As my Uncle Georg would say, …

When he found himself in a conversation lull, he would simply throw out a "So-o-o-o-o..." (with a melodic lilt) to get things going again. I have been a little busy in the last month and am about to break my blogging rule of not disclosing my health out to the world. The reason I feel compelled ...

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Thursday ,April 10, 2014 Behaviors and Patterns, Cancer, Challenge and Opportunity, Chronic Illness, Coping, Personal Stories comments closed

Celebrate International Women’s Day today

  Today is about honoring the amazing things women bring to the table of change.    

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Saturday ,March 8, 2014 Advocacy, Challenge and Opportunity, Community, Events, Social Support, Women comments closed

Blog Carnival at Partnership for Palliative Care: Why is sharing our health experiences necessary?

In the late 90’s, I began my graduate program at the same time I received my diagnosis of lupus nephritis. As both of these events collided, I discovered how my life and my health experience were tightly woven together. This simple understanding about the relationship between body and mind can quickly unravel when faced with ...

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Monday ,March 3, 2014 Advocacy, Chronic Illness, Coping, Emotion-focused, Events, Internet, Lupus, Networking, Problem-focused, Relationship-focused, Research, Self-Care, Stress Mgmt, Support Groups comments closed

There once was a woman who made a collage…

I was SO eager to get my old, beat up x-country skis on this year and tour the neighborhood this snowy weekend, but I chose to wait Thursday AND Friday for a phone call with my latest test results, Unfortunately, I lost my window of opportunity and the weather has changed. No, I didn’t get ...

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Sunday ,February 9, 2014 Books, Challenge and Opportunity, Chronic Illness, Community, Coping, Creativity, Health, Lupus, Stress Mgmt comments closed

2014 Spark

As I mentioned in my last post, here is what came out of my evening insight gathering:   I was unable to capture the 3D effect of the branches, gal w/deer and a few more. My hope in doing that was to try to make this project more than just color or pattern...I wanted movement and dimension. ...

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Sunday ,January 19, 2014 Challenge and Opportunity, Creativity, Lifestyle, MLWT, Personal Stories, Self-Care comments closed

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