Flash Back Friday – Wishing You Peace

Originally Posted October 20th, 2010 I received the following comment on one of my blog posts recently. The blog entry was about maintaining a positive attitude while suffering from a chronic illness. This is the comment: Wow! Are you for real? Where can someone get tickets to your fantasy land? Do blue birds make your…

Happy Birthday To Me!!

Happy Birthday to me. I am so blessed to have made it to another birthday. I can't believe that I am 52! I don't feel a day over 35 (and I am constantly told I look 35). Had fate gone another way, I would have left this planet seven years ago. But I am here,…

Learn To Rely On Yourself

One if the big complaints from people with chronic illnesses is that they have no support. No one understands or sympathizes with them. Although it is nice to have support, in reality, the only person you can ever truly rely on to be there for you, to understand and agree with you, is you. So…

Flash Back Friday – Stirring Up Memories

Originally Posted October 19th 2010 Medtronic, the maker of heart devices, agreed to pay $268 million to settle lawsuits over claims that fractured wires in a line of its cardiac defibrillators caused at least 13 deaths … The company halted sales of the so-called defibrillator leads in October 2007 after they were linked to users’…

Lives Turned Upside Down: The Impact Of Sarcoidosis

Below is an awesome graphic shared with me by @Teaminspire over on Twitter that easily and clearly shows how sarcoidosis impacts the lives of people with sarcoidosis.   Composed by Basil Rene using Blogsy for iPad

Another Month or Two To Wait, Thankfully

This week I sent in a transmission to my Electrophysiologist from my defibrillator, and they called me back to let me know that my battery is still not at the replacement threshold of 2.62v. My defibrillator is now at 2.64v, 0.01v down from a month ago. At this rate it looks like my difbrillator wont…

Give Me This Day My Daily Pain

Everyday, I open my eyes and I say “Thank You for another day!” to the universe, to God, to who ever is out there looking down on us as I try to connect spiritually. And then I take a deep conscious breath, deep into my chest, and I am almost instantly brought back to my…

Motivational Monday – You’re OK. You’re Always OK

As you face the new day, week, month, year, and you go into your day, be it either to have some sort of surgery, a medical test, a meeting, or just a day that has you tense, nervous or up tight, just take a deep breath, close your eyes, exhale slowly, and just say to…

Friday Is The New Monday (Or Something Like That)

My last post focused on one person's abusive rant about my feeds and blog. I do get a lot of supportive emails and comments and one commenter had some advise that I thought was pretty good, and decided to run with it. The email came from Shelly, (Thanks Shelly), and it was very supportive and…

Inspire Me On Twitter But Not On Facebook?

I have a twitter feed and a Facebook page, both called “Life With Sarcoidosis“. Unlike other feeds and pages dedicated to sarcoidosis, I do not constantly put up medical information about the disease because you can find that in a million and one blogs and sites. Instead I post sayings and links to articles that…

Happy Valentine’s Day

Today is that day that many women hope to end with a diamond on their ring finger and many men hope to end in someone’s bed. There are millions who look forward to this day to express their love, or have love expressed to them. And, putting aside the commercialism side of it, it is…

Embrace The Shake

In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose. Until a neurologist made a simple suggestion: embrace this limitation … and transcend it.

Why I Think There Will Never Be A Cure For Sarcoidosis

In my eight years with this disease, trolling blogs and web sites, starting my own blog, letters from readers, etc., there is one common thread with people with this disease – “when will they find a cure?” I realize the desperation for a cure, and I hope that eventually there is a cure, but I…

Flashback Monday – Clean Slate And Start Anew

Clean Slate and Start Anew Originally posted October 14, 2010 “Starting with a clean slate” – ever wonder where that term came from? When I was a kid, when I went to want is now called kindergarten, each child was given their own small chalk board, which we called our “slate”. It was made of the same…

A Watched Battery Never Dies

Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side. ~The Talmud Every morning I am awakened by the chime if a single bell tone, each getting progressively closer and louder, until it gently, but firmly rouses me from bed. I reach for my iPad and turn to…

And The Award Goes To … Me

This weekend I had the honor of receiving a blogger award. I have seen some of these previously, and although they are the blogger equivalent of a chain letter, it is still always an honor to be recognized by your fellow bloggers. This time around it is an award I have not heard of previuosly…

Want To Be Happy? Be Grateful!

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.

Flashback Monday – Two Fibs, An Interrogation And An Ambush

Originally Posted on October 12, 2010    I had my AICD interrogation last week and the report said I had a fibrilation episode last month while I was having my stress echo. It lasted all of 76 seconds. I also had some episodes of irregular heart beats over the weekend, which can be very disconcerting, so…