Happy New Year!!!

I’m feeling unusually optimistic about the new year.  2014 was difficult for my family and myself.  Chronic illness and pain seemed to dominate our lives and it will likely continue to play a big part in the days to come in 2015.

Despite our challenges, I am ready to take back whatever parts of my life that I can and try to make the best out of this hand that we have been dealt. Continue reading

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TRYING to Quit Smoking (again)

Yes, once again I am going to attempt to quit smoking. I have done it before and managed not to smoke for two years, before I caved under the stress of chronic illness and pain. Given my current level (off the charts) of pain, stress, anxiety, and depression, this is far from an ideal time to quit but my reasoning is financial rather than health related so I have to give it my best shot.

I happened to run across some deeply discounted nicotine patches at a local outlet store. They are expired and “step 3” which has the lowest level of nicotine available in the patch form, but they were only $3.99, so considering the normal price of patches ($30-$50), this deal was too good to pass up.  Continue reading