Spotlight on Gratitude: 15 Inspiring Quotes Will Make You Stronger

It's hard to stay positive when you have a mental or other chronic illness. Gratitude can help. Read 15 inspirational quotes that will help you to cope. | #gratitude #chronicillness #bipolar #spoonie #mentalillness

Gratitude is a powerful tool. This is true for everyone, but especially essential for those dealing with chronic illness. Find the extra shot of strength you need from the following 15 inspirational quotes. Events in life are frequently overwhelming. When you throw chronic or mental illness into the mix, it can be downright unbearable. However, … Continue reading Spotlight on Gratitude: 15 Inspiring Quotes Will Make You Stronger

Familial Mediterranean Fever – A Day in the Life

Living with Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is a constant challenge, like getting on a roller coaster blindfolded. Read one patient's experience.

Riding Roller Coasters Blindfolded Living with Familial Mediterranean Fever goes a little something like this: The day was well planned. Work, lunch with friends, then a little yard work. It was going to be a good and productive day. Then I woke up, and everything changed in an instant. Coping with Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) … Continue reading Familial Mediterranean Fever – A Day in the Life

The End – A Poem From Rock Bottom

The End - a Poem about despair and reaching rock bottom. #poem #poetry #poet

I have agonized a little about sharing this poem. It's been on my mind quite a bit, especially with the recent celebrity suicides dominating the news headlines. The poem is dark, so it may not be the best read for everyone, especially if you are already feeling down and depressed. However, my number one purpose … Continue reading The End – A Poem From Rock Bottom

How To Succeed and Get Back on Your Feet

No matter what you do, there will be times you fall down. You don't have to stay down. Find inspiration to get back up with this post featuring 15 motivational quotes. Each quote is expanded by looking at how it can be used to help you get back up.

It is inevitable. You are going to fall down. We all do. It's impossible to completely avoid. But you don't have to stay down. You can get back on your feet. While physical falls are problematic, most often the falls that are the hardest to get up from are mental or emotional. It may be … Continue reading How To Succeed and Get Back on Your Feet

The Bipolar Avalanche – Playing High Stakes Jenga

Living successfully with Bipolar Disorder is a constant balancing act. It's important to keep physical activity, proper nutrition and adequate rest each in their proper place. The Bipolar brain loves to do everything it can to throw off that balance. Balance is possible. It's sometimes complicated and requires daily, if not hourly, attention. Below are … Continue reading The Bipolar Avalanche – Playing High Stakes Jenga

4 Things a Chronic Illness Teaches You

4 Things a Chronic Illness Teaches You Living every day with a chronic illness is not for wimps. This is a true statement whether the illness is mental or physical. An insidious¬†evil enters your life and changes each and every day that follows. It's not a hopeless cause. Millions of people worldwide continue to live … Continue reading 4 Things a Chronic Illness Teaches You

Bipolar and Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

Bipolar and Biting Off More Than You Can Chew April was not a great month and May has not started well either. First, I was taken out by an extremely long Familial Mediterranean Fever attack. Next, a bad chest cold set in. I finally felt like I was going to be able to come up … Continue reading Bipolar and Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

Bipolar, Chronic Illness, and Spinning Plates

Bipolar, Chronic Illness, and Spinning Plates For the most part, I have every intention of writing informative and helpful posts. Most posts should help to start conversations, offer validation and create empathy. But periodically, I will also be writing posts for me. These are posts that you, as the reader, might not enjoy. That's okay. … Continue reading Bipolar, Chronic Illness, and Spinning Plates

8 Paths to Happiness

8 Paths to Happiness Everyone wants to be happy. Even the grumpiest of old men (I include myself in this category) are looking for happiness. Whether they are willing to admit it or not. Happiness is not automatic. Some individuals don't know how to be happy. Many people spend their time pursuing various goals with … Continue reading 8 Paths to Happiness

What to Do When a Loved One Has a Mental Illness

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What to Do When a Loved One Has a Mental Illness It was a few minutes before midnight. The middle-aged couple was coming home from a fundraiser. Several emergency vehicles had passed them, but they paid them little attention. They lived in the city after all. As they neared their home, the wife was first … Continue reading What to Do When a Loved One Has a Mental Illness