Why H.O.P.E.?

Fibromyalgia is a funny thing. Funny strange, not funny ha ha. One day you’re feeling well, you’re feeling optimistic that you might actually recover from it, and the next day, you’re in bed, feeling as if you’ve been hit by a truck. I realized not too long ago that I was starting to feel hopeless….

The Man I Married

To have and to hold…in sickness and in health…for as long as we both shall live. I’m sure when my husband spoke those words nineteen years ago he had no idea he’d have to deal with the “in sickness” part of it so early in our life together. We were both active-duty military, both strong-bodied…

Things I Want My Family and Friends to Know About My Fibromyalgia

May 12th was Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. I’ve been away from my computer for a few days because my son was visiting, but Fibromyalgia Awareness was on my mind, and I kept thinking about how difficult it can be for those who love us, and how being aware of what’s going on with us could help…

4 Steps to Easier Meal Planning

“What would you like for dinner tonight?” “I don’t care. What do you want?” “I don’t care….” You know what we end up eating? Sandwiches! I don’t particularly like sandwiches. I’ve talked before about the importance of meal planning and it takes on an added urgency for me when I have to eat things I don’t…

Finding Joy in the Small Things

Our first asparagus spears poking up through the dirt The obnoxiously loud, insistent chirp that lets us know a Pileated Woodpecker has graced us with his presence A glimpse of deer behind our fence at dusk The first iris blooms All of these seem to be such small things, but they fill my heart with…

What If?

What if?….. Two small words with incredible power. The power to create and potential to destroy. Used positively, this small phrase can challenge the status quo, provide a springboard for great ideas, and fuel the creative processes that can change the world…. What if we find a better way? What if we improve this process?…

Lessons From the Master Potter

FOREWORD: As part of my HOPE plan, I choose to meditate on Scripture each day. I thought I might share some of my musings with you from time to time. I will never try to force my beliefs on anyone else, but my faith is as much a part of me as breathing, and it…

My Newest Toy….Er, Wellness Tool

“I’ve got to get more exercise….. I’m sitting too much….. I’m not sleeping well….. Why am I suddenly gaining weight?” Lately, I’ve had at least one of these thoughts pretty much every day. The obvious answer to the weight gain question would, at first glance, be the first two thoughts, but even with my lack…

Your Words Matter

Have you ever read the book The Help by Kathryn Stockett? One of my favorite parts of the book is where Aibileen, the family maid, stands little Mae Mobley in front of her and says, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” This same little girl who is bombarded by negative messages from her…

More Quick and Easy Meal Ideas

Eating well when you have fibromyalgia can be hard sometimes. You know that in order to have a healthy meal you probably need to cook it, but the thought of going to all that trouble can make you want to run hide. I’m trying to build a base of go-to meals that won’t involve a…

The Gift of Distraction

I woke up feeling horrible yesterday. My head was pounding, my neck hurt, and of course, my body felt as if someone had snuck in and beat me during the night. I barely felt like moving, and had to give myself a pep talk just to make it to the shower. We had planned to…