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The Real Neat Blog Award

I was nominated for The Real Neat Blog Award by my fellow blogger Lisa, who is the author of the lovely blog, BLOOMIN’ UTERUS.

Thank you Lisa for this nomination.  I hope everyone will check out her fantastic blog. Continue reading

I LOVE this! It is a perfect follow-up to the broken parts of myself that were expressed in my blog post yesterday. I am trying to teach myself to adapt to the limitations of chronic illness and pain and I WILL learn to weave my own parachute out of those broken pieces. It may take time, some trial and error, and a lot of baby steps but I believe we can all get there if we set our minds to it.

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We made it through another week! Yay!

Today’s Feel Good Friday quote is by American poet, William Stafford:

“I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.”

I absolutely loved the visuals that came when I read this one.  So many times we allow the brokenness of our dreams, expectations, desires, and life to bury us.  We need to embrace the suck, stand back up, and go.  Use it to soften the landing, propel you forward, to go places, to better ourselves, and to help others.

Not strong enough to build your own parachute?  Find a friend who is going through the same thing.  Join a support group.  Know that you are not alone in your sorrow or suffering.  Together you can weave a beautiful tapestry and a strong parachute.

May you have a wonderful weekend.

Yours, Lisa

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Music Monday : Run by Leona Lewis

I haven’t heard this song in a while.  When it first came out, I listened to it on repeat, A LOT.

I can be very obsessive with music, which is likely obvious through my love for and frequent posting of songs and videos by Blue October.  Even though they will always be my all-time favorite band, I do like other artists and have a passion for all music.

Heck, I even married a musician.  He hasn’t played much since we got together, almost 12 years ago, but he’s starting to rekindle that fire in himself as well.  I would love to see him start playing on a regular basis again.  I think it would be therapeutic and might even help his chronic pain (if the weight of his guitar doesn’t cause problems).

One of the things I like about this weekly feature is that it forces me to dig deep into my memory (and iPod) to look for songs to post.  Along the way I am rediscovering a lot of old music that I love but lost touch with along the way.

❤ Wishing everyone a pain free day ❤

Blogging 101 : Introduce Yourself!

Hi everyone!  I am taking The Daily Post’s Blogging University courses somewhat in reverse order.  I completed Blogging 201 last week and today I’m excited to begin Blogging 101.

Please bear with me as I participate in another Blogging U course, as I will likely publish posts as a part of some assignments.  While they may not always be directly related to my usual topic, hopefully they will be educational and/or interesting to those who have a desire to learn more about blogging.  At the very least, they will help me learn how to become a better blogger, which is a “win-win” situation for everyone.

 Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

I still consider my blog relatively new, but I am amazed and delighted at how quickly it seems to be evolving each day.  I’ve already learned a lot and gained quite a few awesome followers, so I am very happy with its progress.

The main topic of my blog is chronic illness and chronic pain.  The conditions that I will concentrate on the most are those which are not visible to the naked eye, which is why I titled the blog Invisible Pain Warriors.

I write about the daily struggles of living with chronic illness and chronic pain, occasionally touching on infertility, how these issues affect my husband and I in our daily lives, how other are affected, tips on how to deal with various issues associated with chronic illness and chronic pain, along with our challenges and triumphs along the way. Continue reading