Dionne’s Demise – Stress?

On the day before Thanksgiving I found one of my beloved box turtles lifeless in the middle of the aquarium. In 2008, I adopted three eastern box turtles from a friend at the zoo, whose children had "outgrown" them. My friend had hatched these three turtles eight years earlier as a way of teaching her…Read more Dionne’s Demise – Stress?

Unanswered questions about an uncommon illness

Forgive me for whining, but lately I've been feeling  alone in my struggle with my recently placed Power-Port,  the grape-sized catheter in my chest, that I need for monthly IVIG infusions. The surgery was 3 months ago, and it still hasn't healed. When I showed my inflamed port to a doctor a month ago, I…Read more Unanswered questions about an uncommon illness

Goodreads Book Giveaway

I'm a little late announcing this since I was hospitalized,  but since I'm still here(ugh!), I have time to do it. I've never done a book giveaway,  but if you visit this link, they'll walk you through it. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/260132-giving-paws-having-a-service-dog-for-a-hidden-disability Giveaway dates:Oct 22 - Oct 30, 2017   Thanks from Martha and Henry!!

A Sudden Change in Plans

Last Thursday I went to my volunteer job at the hospital, but I never made it home. Two months ago I had a surgery to remove a 7 year old central line catheter from the right side of my chest that had gotten clotted. Shortly thereafter I had a second surgery to have a new…Read more A Sudden Change in Plans

“Pins and needles” and yarn and felt. My favorite anti-anxiety “meds.”

With all the excitement from my book coming out, I should be dancing little jigs and feeling content, right? Don't get me wrong, I'm ultra grateful for all the positive feedback from my kind readers, and I do feel a sense of accomplishment, but my brain chemistry has two settings: 1) totally elated - "manicky,"…Read more “Pins and needles” and yarn and felt. My favorite anti-anxiety “meds.”

Processing the week’s events

So much has happened in the past week. It was very exciting last Sunday when my book became available. Thank you to all my friends and family members for placing your orders! And thank you to all my new online friends, who, without even knowing me, bought the book and expressed their congratulations. How cool…Read more Processing the week’s events

Volunteer Work: the Best Medicine

When my illness forced me to stop working the first time, in 1999, I felt lost and useless. Not having somewhere to go every day was really depressing. I had to find something to distract me from self-pity, but my weak body and fragile mind limited my choices. I explored volunteer options and discovered a class offered by…Read more Volunteer Work: the Best Medicine