A Beautiful Message From A Friend

For people that live with and love their four legged friends as if they were human, we all know how hard it is when they pass on. Honestly, it is almost always unbearable. Yet, we continue to bring those beautiful dogs, cats, birds etc. into our lives knowing full well that we will more than…

What A Doctor Wishes Patients Knew About The End

Death. It’s one of the biggest fears of many people. It is a subject that is avoided at all costs and most people stick their heads in the sands and pretend it is not going to happen. But for many people with a chronic illness, it seems that death comes a little sooner than hoped….

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…

Farewell My Brother

I met him when I was five. He was seventeen years older than me, and it was his twenty second birthday. He strode into the house, a thick head of bright red hair, with a moustach to match and the most piercing blue eyes. “Who is that?” I asked my stepfather, wary of the strange…

The Sunday Morning Revisit Of “Bon Voyage Miss” E

The Weekend Worthy Revisits are posts that I wrote a few years back that I think deserve another look. Here is one originally posted November 5, 2011 entitled “BON VOYAGE MISS E.“ It is funny how some people come into your life that you at first never take notice of, but they end up impacting…

Why Are We More Drawn To Endings Rather Than Beginnings?

My wife's niece gave birth to her second child yesterday, and I thought about how being born normal is such a crap shoot. The meridian of things that can go wrong in birth and in the fetal development is so high, that when a baby is born without any issues, it is truly a miracle….

Mortality Check

I don't socialize with any of my neighbors, and that is by choice. I find that neighbors are usually much more trouble than they are worth, so I just keep them at a distance. Luckily my closest neighbor is far enough away that we don't see or hear them. They live obliquely opposite and about…

Hey Marketing Department, We’re Not All Over 80!

I have some chronic conditions that apparently medical supply marketers believe only happens to older people. If I look up pulmonary hypertention, I will get photos of grand ma and grand pa with their oxygen tanks, smiling and playing with their grandchildren. If I look up heart failure, it will be pictures of grand ma…

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…

Happy Birthday Dad

Today is my Stepfather's birthday. He would have been 93. He died at the age of 54, two years older than I am now, from a massive heart attack right in front of me. I was 13 years old at the time, and the thirteen year old me took about five years to recover from…

Flashback Friday: For Joyce

In May 2007, the week before I started my second semester of massage school, I had a TIA or mini stroke. This started me on the road to discovery that I had a hole in my heart and eventually to the fact I have heart failure. I had a barrage of tests, MRIs, x-rays, blood…

Flashback Friday – The Case Of The Disappearing Blogger

Originally posted January 19, 2011 The Case Of The Disappearing Blogger One thing about following a blog that is written by a person with a chronic illness is that one day that blog may just stop. One last entry and nothing more.