Cooperate With Your Healing. Take two.

Skylines and contrasts of light intrigue me.  I find stories and parallels there.  Like this one.  The grey of autoimmune disease and daunting black of chronic pain are illuminated by the hopeful brightness beyond the clouds.  That’s where I place my eternal hope.  In the One who IS light itself. Also I am indebted to …

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Happy Anniversary!

“A journey begins with a single step. 9,200 steps show on my Fitbit at dusk last night so I made progress! That’ll be one of the mottos I repeat to myself over the next 12 months: “progress not perfection” in my fitness quest. ”   -Jessica, April 17, 2016 at fitnessquestmama.wordpress.com How appropriate!  One year …

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Into the new year with gratitude.

Happy New Year to you, dear reader. “May the best of last year, be the worst for the coming year.”  This sweet sentiment blessed me today by a loving aunt of mine. Mixed in with doctor visits and physical therapy, diagnosis and dietary exploration, I’ve had a few deeply significant “bests” in 2016.  Most of …

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Listen to your body.

The fact that any food is gluten-free has totally lost significance.  Let me break it down like an equation for you. X + Y = Z therefore Jessica + Grain = Pain Through the thickets of autoimmune disease I’m finding this out.   If I’m jonesin’ for joint hurt then I should definitely eat bread, pasta, oats, or pancakes (even if …

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Broomstick lace for a happy place

As a young person, my mom and I sat on the couch in her “good room” where absolutely no toys were allowed –through the entrance that she only used for guests- and she taught me a few simple stitches of crochet. There I watched Mom work on a blanket, and she would pause to demonstrate loops …

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Getting buzzed

I’m a people-person and I enjoy talking with the therapists and assistants, so physical therapy has actually been fun.  The young professionals in there were born in the early 1990’s.  Let that sink in for a moment.  While I was working my first job as a holiday helper during the seasonal rush at a local …

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Shock & awe

Hello.  And happy day-after Thanksgiving to you.  I have a lot to be grateful for.  Simple joys that make the heart full: God, my husband, children, a house, food on the table, and a warm bed to sleep in.  But, sit at my table with me, have a hot cup of tea and talk for a …

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Rice replacement. Endocrinologist replacement?

Good morning everyone, or good day, as it were.  Did I mention I’ve been watching British comedies? I have recently enjoyed a local playhouse’s live theatrical production where the actors employed a British accent as well. Shout-out to all the Mousetrap players! Right, moving along… if you are looking to adopt a Paleo lifestyle, or …

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Shake hands with your doctor.

Watching a British comedy sitcom and drinking PG Tips English Breakfast tea this morning, I begin to think in a British accent.  Brilliant, yeah?  Sort of how I started thinking in Spanish in the Dominican Republic as a triage translator for the missionary doctors & nurses. What’s disrupting my psuedo-British misty morning is this “hold music” on the phone-line to my …

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Lesson learned

•CRACK!• ******* Batch cooking 101.  Grade: F.  Needs improvement on following directions. When I opened the freezer door I was surprised to see this disaster.  My very first attempt at freezing a large batch of soup in mason jars resulted in icy shards of glass.  Oops.  Chalk it up to a learning experience with the added …

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