What I Wish for Others to Understand About EDS

When I was diagnosed with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS), it felt like everything that had happened in my life up to that point suddenly added-up. My entire childhood and adult life was filled with injuries and accidents that should have been massive red flags for hEDS, but because I was a gymnast and a dancer,…

My Chiari Surgery Recovery and CBD Pain Relief

As many of you know, it’s been about 7 weeks since my brain surgery. My headaches are mostly gone but I’ve still been experiencing a great deal of shoulder pain and neck pain (mostly in the front). Yes, I have painkillers and muscle relaxers but here’s the thing, I don’t like taking them. 1. They…

Chiari Decompression Recovery

Hello all you beautiful warriors! I apologize for my disappearance for the past few weeks but I am finally lucid enough to do a little writing. I am two weeks post-op and now at the point that I do not need my pain pills every four hours. It’s more like every 6 to 8 hours….

Two Weeks ‘Til Decompression

So today marks two weeks until my surgery and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I spent the entire day Monday engrossed with MRSA screenings and pre-op tests, not to mention my mind racing with thoughts of “Am I doing the right thing?”, “Will this help me?”, “How much will it help…

My Chronic Illness Christmas List

Today’s post is a short one. But with Christmas upon us, I figured no better time than now to put together my wish list for chronic illness. The only thing I should probably add is peace on earth, of course. Have a very Happy Holiday!

Quote of the Week

I am continuously amazed by all the chronic illness warriors I meet.  You all continue to fight your battles daily and no matter how you’re feeling, you still reach out and encourage others, advise, comfort and pray. No matter how rough and rocky it gets, you keep moving forward with a fire from within and…

My Christmas Gift is Surgery

Chiari Malformation often comes with the territory of those of us with hEDS. It is something I have been fighting for several years now with a great deal of pain, seizures, auditory and speech problems and so much more. But now it has become much worse. Four weeks ago, I had my annual visit with…

Cocoa-Chia Pudding with Raspberries

I have a new favorite anti-inflammatory breakfast and dessert that I am so excited about, I just had to share the recipe with you all. It is loaded with antioxidants, protein, calcium and chia seeds even have weight loss properties. So if you ever have that sweet tooth but are like me and need to…