Reblog – Chatter, Clatter & Clarity

I have shared several of Sam’s posts in the last little while, and it is mostly because they are so right on with my journey through chronic illness.

This post is a big wake-up call for me and probably many other chronic illness sufferers. Where she states that “It’s ok not to blog for a week or two,” I realized that I have been fighting guilt for not being able to write a full post since we lost Violet. Not because of just grief, but because those last weeks or her life really wore me out physically and emotionally.

Lydia!

My Medical Musings

One of the wonderful things that has come from living with a chronic disease is finding new networks & friends in the chronic illness community.

Before becoming disabled & unable to work, I had no idea about blogging & online support forums & believe it or not I never even had a Facebook account.

Fast forward to today & I am now fully entrenched in a whole new world of blogging network groups & online support groups, either as an active member or as an administrator/owner. Add in Twitter accounts linked to my blog, Facebook pages for my blog, my personal Facebook account, writing for The Mighty & other publications & all of a sudden my sedentary, chronically diseased life is full of non stop chatter & clatter.

From morning ’til night I am involved in some way in one of these “chatter” type activities. I love it. There is…

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Reblog – Suicidal prevention awareness month thoughts and review of 13 Reasons Why

This is such a great take on a difficult subject. I have always liked and respected Bethany as a person and fellow blogger. She tells it like it is and in the world of suicide and all of its causes that can be rare.

Lydia!

NOT MY SECRET...overcoming the shame of sexual abuse

Obvious trigger warnings*

I was awake all night due to ongoing symptoms of the grand mal seizure and its after affects. I watched all 13 episodes of 13 Reasons Why. My daughter told me it was not anything like the book. I have read reviews that said the series “glamorized” suicide and that it was far too triggering to watch. I have read reviews that it was targeted to teens who were vulnerable to suicide and many boycottted the series all together because they felt the show took the scenes of rape and suicide too far.

I find it interesting that individuals will watch horror movies like Saw where people torture each other, or zombie movies where the gore is profound, but watching a rape scene is off limits. It seems ok to watch the Law and Order Special victims unit on tv but not a series whose intent seemed…

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