I hope you are having a blessed week. I know
that some days it can all seem like more than
we can bear. Those are the times I just hang on
and try to "choose joy."
I've been trying to find balance in it all. My
heart is working on my book for being a mom with
a chronic illness. If you'd like to join ur group
where you answer questions to help contribute
to the book, just
click here. As usual, when writing a book,
God uses it to work on me.
So I've been trying to get organized in our own
household with chore sheets, homework time, etc.
And then balancing that with the unexpected. Saturday
night my neck flared up and froze into place.
I was out of it for a couple of days from taking
a muscle relaxer to get it back into place. This
week I have an appointment with the eye doctor
because my vision in my right eye has gotten considerable
worse recently. And next week I meet with the
What I really want to do it put on a fuzzy sweater
and go to the pumpkin patch. Or do an overhaul
on my son's room--either have fun or get something
done. It's hard when the body won't cooperate
to do either one. I know you understand.
In the last couple months I was told I was diabetic,
and then my next blood tests came back okay. I
had a chest x-ray that showed a shadow, but the
next xray came back okay. I did another test at
the doctor's office that the lab lost, so I went
back to get that one redone too. I am glad tests
have resulted in being incorrect, but it is all
such an emotional roller coaster, and it gets
old doing every test over and over.
I want to encourage you to visit
our new web site. I've put a lot of work
into it keeping it updated with nearly daily posts
and some informative as well as fun stuff too.
Please feel free to leave comments on the articles
or click "I like it!" so other people
see the article too.
Recent posts include:
- My Parents Don't Believe I am Ill
- How has the New Age Movement Affected the
- Im a Chronically Ill Mom w/ Son w/ Autism
- Hope Even When Horizontal
- HopeKeeper Lesson Plan Ideas
- Create Your Own White Noise to Sleep (for
- Fibro Fog Funnies Remember to Laugh!
- Talking to Our Spouse About Our Illness: How
Much is Too Much?
- Forgiveness is Healthy for Body and Soul
I've been working on HopeKeepers
Magazine too and should have it ready
to read in the next few days! If you are a subscriber,
watch your email for notficiation.
I will likely be sending out a flyer with some
holiday specials for our store. We are in the
great position of being low on two of our books
Beyond Casseroles and Why
Can't I Make People Understand. But...
we have to pay for printing costs and that's not
in our budget right now. If you purchase some
of our books in our store, you will help us be
able to get our books to print to keep them available.
Here is the beginning of my interview with Dr.
woke up feeling better than usual and Im
not a morning person. I was driving to work
and pulled into the parking lot when everything
around me began spinning so fast I couldnt
see anything and didnt know where I was.
I held onto the steering wheel and the pinwheel
feeling lasted a few minutes. Finally it settled
enough so that I could see the horizon and I
pulled my car over. That was the last time I
Dr. Carrie Carter had spent years studying
to become knowledgeable about medical conditions
and nutritional supplements. But in the fall
of 1999 she entered a new phase of education:
the life of a person with a chronic illness.
Diagnosed with Menieres Disease, a chronic,
incurable inner ear disorder, life changed dramatically.
But as author of Thrive: A Womans
Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle and Moms
Health Matters (endorsed by MOPs), both
released in 2003, God has redirected her life
in a way she could not have imagined just five
years ago. She brings us a unique perspective:
That of a doctor who has listened to patients
who looked fine but felt terrible. But also
a doctor who feels poorly herself, but is told
Gosh, you look great! You must be doing
so well! [Note from editor: her newest
book is A Woman's Guide to Good Health
Theres something in me, shares
Dr. Carter, that rises up and wants to
say, but Im still sick! I really
am! I have a measure of health that varies
in quantity and once I use it up, Im done
until its replenishedhowever long
that takes. I want people to understand that
and yet it shouldnt matter what people
think. . . But it does. Its that in between
place that is very weird.
the rest here of my interview with Dr. Carrie