Motivational Monday – Be Thankful For Today

It is so easy for many people to just wake up and focus on the negative things in their life. But look at everything you complain about today in a different light. Put a positive twist on everything. If you have a job you hate, just stop and be thankful you have a job to…

Even Superman Has His Time Of The Month

My wife teases me that I think I am Superman, and try to do more than I am really capable of. Even Superman has his kryptonite, and it seems my kryptonite has hit me full blast this week. It is my time of the month as I affectionately refer to it. It’s not what you…

Flashback Friday – Where’s The Energizer Bunny

Originally Posted November 23, 2010 I posted this back in November 2010, and look at this an know that i still have many days such as that one, but i still do push through. Old habits never die Tired. That’s how I have been feeling this past week and a half. Just tired. I have…

“Life With Sarcoidosis” Is Now “Life As An Anomaly”

Welcome! The blog's name is now changed from “Life With Sarcoidosis” to “Life As An Anomaly”, but the content will remain the same. Enjoy! To find out the reasoning behind the change, please read this post. Please scroll down for newer postings. Thanks.   Written by Basil Rene

Keep Your Hands Off Of My Coffee

I never drank coffee until I got Sarcoidosis and I went to an Ayurvedic practitioner who told me that there is a chemical in coffee that helps with breathing. Now I have a cappuccino every day around 3:00 pm, my major sleepy time.

The Reality Of The Blogging From A To Z April Challenge

I signed up to take part in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge, which begins on the first of April, and since signing up, already I found a bit more traffic to my blog. Reading other blogs from the challenge I found a lot of people excited mostly for the amount of traffic…

Compromising Health For The Sake Of Appearances

I just purchased a new smart thermostat called “Nest”. It supposedly learns your habits and adjusts the temperature according to your preferences. It supposedly even knows when you are away from home and lowers the heating to conserve power. In doing my research I found that a lot of people keep their houses between 55F…

The Love Of A Mother

Today, my 83 year old mother made one of her bi-annual trips from the Caribbean to the US to visit my elder brother and myself. She comes up twice a year, stays two months and then heads back down to the warmth. She does it because for one, she knows that my brother and I…

You Don’t Have To Be Religious To Be Thankful

What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? – @Inspire_Us The above quote I posted to my Facebook page the other day and it got this response from a follower: “Hello. I’m not religious person, so I don’t find necessary to be thankful for something…”

Flashback Friday – What Ever Happened To Privacy

Originally Posted November 9, 2010 When you go to the doctor’s office in the US, you are given the HIPA privacy act information about keeping your medical records private and you need to sign a form that you were given the information. Privacy of your medical information is a big issue, and rightfully so. But what…

The Universe Is Listening

I am a firm believer in the power of words. There is the old saying “Be Careful What You Wish For”, and that I truly believe. I also believe that what ever you ask for the universe will listen and provide. It just may not be in the way you hoped.

I Am Changing The Name Of My Blog

  I decided to change the name of my blog, and the change will take effect hopefully on March 30th. I was mulling around with the idea of changing the name for some time now, because there is so much power in words, and the name of my blog was not sitting well with me…

Your Illness Is Not A Punishment

I grew up Roman Catholic, did the secondary and primary catholic schools, and being the person that I am, I questioned everything, so much so that I have the distinct honor of being the first person ever in the history of my high school to be put out of religious class and banished for an…

How Much Caffeine Are You Having?

Are you a big coffee drinker and ever wonder how much is too much? I love a capuccino or a latté every day, but I usually only have one. Sometimes I might have two, and on a very rare occasion, I will have three. When I hit the three mark, I usually begin to worry…

Flash Back Friday – Leadless Defibrillator Coming Soon

Originally Posted November 1, 2010 Back in November 2010 I came across this feature about a leadless defibrillator, and just last month it came to pass. The actual unoit that was implanted at MT. Sinai looks very close to the illustration below If you have cardiac sarcoidosis and suffer from heart failure, you more than…

Getting Rid Of Unnecessary People In Your Life

Growing up I learned from a very young age that most relationships never last. Long lasting friendships are few and far between. I learned that when people move away, or you move away and life changes, quite often the friendships you left behind end. In the work place and at school, the people you were…

What I Dislike About Smokers

I don’t smoke and never did. I grew up in a household of smokers and never had the least interest in it. I can’t stand the smell of cigarette smoke and when I am around anyone that smokes it closes up my airways.

“Can’t” Is Not In My Vocabulary

When I was told I had heart failure, I was told that I would need a heart/lung transplant in about five years. That was 2007. 2012 has come and gone and my heart and lungs are still in my chest, and I sure as hell intend for them to stay there for many years to…

Motivational Monday – Just Smile. Spread The Joy

Ever noticed how contagious a smile or a laugh can be? No? Next time you are anywhere, walking, in an elevator, waiting at the doctor’s office, just try smiling at any and everyone, And say Hi. You’ll see how easy it is for everyone else to do the same.

The Truth About Angry People And Loving People

I’ll admit it, I am deep down inside angry, but not at people. I am angry deep within about my condition and my inability to certain things I used to be able to. I accepted my situation and come to terms with it, but every now and then that little anger gets control when I…

Flash Back Friday- Stage Five

Originally Posted October 28, 2010   I first decided to start this blog because there was no one out there talking about their life withSarcoidosis. There were tons of blogs about the physical attributions of the disease, all the research and data collected, but there was no human side. The feelings. The pain. The anger….

Phone Calls From The Other Side

When you marry, you also adopt a whole new family, your in laws. I am one of the lucky ones in that I adopted (or rather, they adopted me) a fantastic family. My wife's family is awesome. I love every member of her family, and I can safely say that I am truly part of…