Blogmas Day 6: Give an Experience, Make a Memory

I have previously mentioned that as an extended family, instead of purchasing and giving material gifts, we are starting a new tradition called “Give an Experience Make a Memory”. Chances are you have probably seen or heard a little bit about this on social media somewhere but if not I will explain how this is … Continue reading Blogmas Day 6: Give an Experience, Make a Memory

Blogmas Day 3: Christmas Over the Years

Like most families, our family dynamic has changed and that has effected how we have celebrated holidays in general, but most significantly how we celebrate Christmas. My dad and Brooke (egg donor) separated when I was just 4 or 5 years old. Once they were officially separated, she stopped coming around for her designated supervised … Continue reading Blogmas Day 3: Christmas Over the Years

Blogmas Day 2: Why Christmas Isn’t My Favorite Holiday

I mentioned in Blogmas Day 1 that since my (step) mom passed in March of 2011, our family has struggled to muster the Christmas cheer. I haven’t really talk about my mom’s death here… not for any particular reason, it just hasn’t really felt like the appropriate time. Maybe I will share more after the … Continue reading Blogmas Day 2: Why Christmas Isn’t My Favorite Holiday

The Impact Your Chronic Illness Can Have on Your Mental Health

Trigger Warning: Suicidal Thoughts & Vomit I have occasionally mentioned here that I struggle with my mental health. I have been diagnosed with Anxiety,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)… And then I got sick. That's something they don't tell you about mental illnesses… as … Continue reading The Impact Your Chronic Illness Can Have on Your Mental Health

Hold On and Wait

Trigger Warning: Suicidal Thoughts This week (September 10-16, 2018) is National Suicide Prevention Week here in the U.S. There is no denying that living with chronic illness is a daily struggle and can take a toll on your mental health... Especially when those chronic illnesses bring along with them chronic pain and other debilitating symptoms … Continue reading Hold On and Wait