Autobio, Health, Psychology, Spirituality

U is for Upsides to Life’s Crap

Yesterday, I wrote about the Tower tarot card. One challenge of it is not viewing the difficult changes in life as necessarily bad. I've also been doing a good deal of Buddhist readings and recently came across several articles about viewing the "bad" or hard things that happen to us as a teacher to help… Continue reading U is for Upsides to Life’s Crap

Health

S is for Survivorship

I recently attended a conference for survivors of GI cancers. During one of the presentations, this slide was shown. I love this definition of survivorship: The conference was also encouraging about the advances in cancer treatments and some really groundbreaking stuff like vaccines and better immunotherapy drugs on the horizon. It made me think we… Continue reading S is for Survivorship

books, Health, Psychology, Spirituality

R is for Restlessness and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People are scary. They are erratic, emotional beings. One never knows what one will get when interacting with people. While we're at it, the whole world is pretty scary too. Animals might attack. Plants can make you sick or even kill you. There are so many natural disasters that could significantly alter one's life. Heck,… Continue reading R is for Restlessness and Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Autobio, Complimentary Medicine, Health, Nutrition

O is for Overgrowth of Bacteria in the Small Intestine

My GI tract has been through a lot. About eleven years ago, I started having esophageal spasms and acid reflux that couldn't be controlled with anything short of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). I never managed to get off these drugs. An attempt last year ultimately led to the discovery of a carcinoid tumor in my… Continue reading O is for Overgrowth of Bacteria in the Small Intestine

Health, Psychology

D is for Dialectical Behavior Therapy

I am currently delving into the world of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by reading the book Depressed and Anxious by Thomas Marra. I'll admit I am struggling to slog through the many, many exercises, but I make slow progress. Based on what actually gets read, I am clearly more drawn to Buddhist teachers such as… Continue reading D is for Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Autobio, Health

C is for Cancer. My Own. My Mom’s. So Many Others.

I mentioned yesterday that I was diagnosed with carcinoid stomach cancer last May. I had surgery in June to remove the tumor. Since then I've been trying to get my GI system straightened out. It's getting there. Mostly it doesn't seem real that I had cancer. It was found at stage one because I had… Continue reading C is for Cancer. My Own. My Mom’s. So Many Others.

Autobio, Health, Pain, Psychology, Spirituality

B is for Back Pain and Learning to Live with (and around) It #AtoZChallenge

I have had low- and mid-back issues since I was a teenager. Several years ago, a doctor helped me figure out that it all started when I was in a serious car accident when I was four. The accelerator in our car stuck. My mom was driving on a dirt road and drove into an… Continue reading B is for Back Pain and Learning to Live with (and around) It #AtoZChallenge

Autobio, Health, Psychology, Spirituality, tarot

Gabapentin, Take Three with a Side of Hopelessness

Third time might be the charm for my adventures with gabapentin. After a comedy of errors and the annoyance of slow responses from my doctor's office that took over two weeks, I finally got a prescription for 100 mg of gabepentin. I am taking one a day and experiencing a good amount of pain relief… Continue reading Gabapentin, Take Three with a Side of Hopelessness

Food, Health

Food Dehydration, Take One, and a Request for Jerky Recipes

After talking about it for the last three or four months, my husband and I finally decided to buy a food dehydrator. We used to have one that we never used and eventually got rid of. Probably during our last move about eight years ago. But this time around, we are committed to a much… Continue reading Food Dehydration, Take One, and a Request for Jerky Recipes

Health, Pain

Random Musings on Chronic Pain, Acute Flare-ups, and Quality of Life

It's been another rough week. When my stomach and back issues both flare at the same time, I have a lot of trouble dealing, which in turn flares my depression. This was the first time I've had serious suicidal thoughts in about six weeks. Today is a bit better of a day. I took some… Continue reading Random Musings on Chronic Pain, Acute Flare-ups, and Quality of Life