Tag: illness

storm cloud, prairie

When the Desperation is Real

A few years ago, I was at a social gathering when a woman I had never met arrived. Many of my friends knew her, and I finally met her. The conversation quickly turned to her intractable pain. None of her doctors’ treatments seemed to work. She found no […]

red poodle

Jazz’s Second Wind

Our miniature poodle, Jazz, is 13 years old. Over the past couple of years, while I’ve been distracted by my father’s illness and death, Jazz became blind. He had large milky circles on each eye, and we figured he had cataracts. We talked about whether we could afford […]

old English Mastiffs

My Dogs Taught Me Holistic Health

Tess was a gift from my husband a few months after our family mastiff, Jenna, had passed on. We traveled to another state to pick her up, and by the time we got home, we were extremely attached to our little bundle of love. We took her to […]

colorado, autumn

Part of the Solution or the Problem?

When my father was diagnosed with leukemia, we could have denied his illness, kept a happy face, and asked him to take endless rounds of chemotherapy that made life increasingly more difficult to endure. Instead, we accepted that the illness and the treatment were equally difficult to handle. […]

butterfly, orange flowers

Autoimmune Survivor

I am an autoimmune disease survivor. What, you ask? We never hear words like that. Those who had cancer, receive treatment, and enter into remission are called “survivors” of their illness. It’s common to hear people refer to themselves as breast-cancer survivors, etc. Well, I now see myself […]