Lyrics To Live By: Learn To Love Yourself

In 1971 as a nine year old boy, I heard this angelic voice on the TV and later learned it was Olivia Newton John. For the past 48 years I have listened to her music through good times and bad and is by far my favorite artists of all time. This song, “Learn To Love…

The Weekend Revisit Of: The Only True Healer Is You

I came across a blog recently that was written by a person with some of the same conditions that I have – heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. The tone of the writing was very angry and bitter towards both the diseases and the establishment.

Wise Words Wednesday : Wayne Dyer

Forgiveness Originally Posted on MAY 10, 2012 Revenge, anger, and hatred are exceedingly low energies that keep you from matching up with the attributes of the universal force. A simple thought of forgiveness toward anyone who might have angered you in the past will raise you to the level of Spirit and aid you in…

The Weekend Revisit Of: No Matter What You Do, I Send You Love

When I decided to return to massage school, I was assured by the school that they will work with me and my conditions. The school has been swallowed up by another corporation and the rules have changed. Of course now everyone is back tracking and claiming they never said as such, and that they were…

The Weekend Revisit of: A Wasted Heart?

  There is no greater gift than that of a second chance at life, and the ultimate gift is for a parent or spouse to decide to donate their loved one’s organs so that another person may have life. When an organ is donated, the recipient has a second chance, an opportunity given by the…

The Weekend Revisit of: Dangers of Statistics

DANGERS OF STATISTICS Originally posted April 24, 2012 I read a blog today by a heart failure patient who had just crossed their two-year mark of being diagnosed, and according to them, the statistics state that with their particular condition, they had a 50% chance of living for two years. This person apparently is convinced…

The Weekend Revisit Of “Crossing Bridges”

Originally posted on April 22, 2012 On a recent trip into NYC for my ICD interrogation, my wife and I took a train down town to see the 9/11 memorial. We have not been there since the buildings fell. Prior to the attacks we were often in the North Tower as my brother had his…

Prednisone Withdrawal Is No Fun

Today marks exactly 10 years, non stop, that I am on Prednisone for sarcoidosis. The side effects of this medication can be horrendous, but thankfully my experience in those ten years were just mostly mood changes, thining skin and some weight gain. I am told that for being on it so long, my weight gain…

Last Night I Met The Man Of My Dreams

Last night my wife was listening to an audio book about Edgar Cayce and his visitation by an Angel. I thought to myself how cool it would be to be visited in person by an Angel and fell asleep listening to the book. I had the most amazing dream. I dreamt that I was walking…

How Life Treats You All Depends On How You Approach It

  I recently came across this writing and it just goes to show how you enjoy your life all has to do with how you approach it. Read the passage below to the end. Today was the absolute worst day ever And don't try to convince me that There is something good in every day…

God Always Answers, You Just Have To Listen

I walked in the rain today. I didn't get trapped or anything like that. I deliberately walked in the rain, and I loved it. It brought back one of my biggest joys as a boy. Every opportunity I could, as soon as the rain started to fall, I would strip of my shirt and run…

Some More Good News

I know that I said I was going to post some photos of my San Francisco trip, but alas, life caught up with me. The past three wells were crazy. My in laws were visiting for my wife's birthday, and work has been so crazy busy that I had time for nothing. My home office…

Flashback Friday: Pushing On Through

Originally Posted on June 17, 2011 My wife and I are very busy at this time of the year, and it seems we are always working or going to appointments. We work together and are pretty much together 24 hours a day. Yet, one day a week we try to have a date night. Just…

Motivational Monday: It Has To Rain, But Not Today

Life with a chronic illness can suck at times, and for many, it seems the down days are more frequent than the up days. But when you do have the up days, make the most of it. Appreciate it. Enjoy it. Appreciate the rainbow and don't sit around waiting for the rain to return.  …

How Dare You?! I’m Not Fat. I am Stuffed!

FaceBook just changed their “Feeling Fat” emoji title to “Feeleing Stuffed” after protests from users who said that it promoted online body shaming. I don't know about anyone else, but when I eat too much, I feel fat! My damned pants can't button. I know what it feels like to feel fat. I recently gained…

Snapshots Of My Life: My Genius Scares Me

I am sure that a lot of people already do this, and call me slow on the mark, but I just thought of this. I have an older dog (she is 17 1/2 years old) and she is very sensitive to humidity. Last night when I got home, the humidity level in the house was…

Hollywood, Stop Messing With Me

Last night I started to watch “The Last King Of Scotland”, a movie about the Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin and his friendship with his personal doctor, who was his closest advisor. I love biographies, and this movie, at the very start said “based on actual people and events”. Well, what could be better than a…

Motivational Monday: Be Happy For This Moment

All too often, life with a chronic illness can be a pain, literally, but I always say I would rather be with the pain at times than have the alternative. Death. This is my life, and I cherish every moment of it. Even the days that may not be the best.   Written by Basil…

Snapshots Of My Life: Am I Seeing Things?

The other night I was outside walking the dog, and this large green, dragonfly looking thing flew over us and hovered for a bit, and when I looked up I swear it had a human like face. I think that I have been taking too many prescription drugs for too long. I wrote this post…

Flashback Friday: If Someone Had Told Me

Originally posted to my blog on May 8, 2011 If someone told me five years ago that today I would have a hole in my heart that would be discovered only after having a mini stroke, I would have laughed.

21 Things You Need To Do To Live With Sarcoidosis

Almost all the emails I get are from people asking how I got better, and I always say that it was a combination of different things. When I recently I told someone that, they told me to give them a checklist of everything that I did. So here is my checklist of everything I think…

Flashback Friday: Peanuts Philosophy

Originally Posted March 23, 2011 The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them. Just read straight through, and you’ll get the point. The Charles Schulz Philosophy 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. 2….