I used to write, all the time, about whatever sundry topic happened to flit into my brain. As an adult, though, I feel… shy? Is that the right word? Hesitant, perhaps? Randomly blogging about my life feels self-aggrandizing at best and totally narcissistic at worst. However, I met my very best friend in the wholeContinue reading “Taking Simple Joy in Writing: A Reflection”
Happily Child-Free: How I Knew for 100% Certainty I Did NOT Want Kids
There’s an old wisdom—that we often regret the things we didn’t do far more than the things we did. I’ve decided this sentiment doesn’t apply to kids—it is far better to regret the children you didn’t have than regret the ones you did have.
Sure, sometimes, when my love holds babies (rare that it currently is due to COVID), it does something funny to my ovaries, but that’s simple, basic biology.
However, I am far more than my genetic programming.
Getting the COVID Vaccine with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: My Experience
“I feel like Batman beat me up,” a teacher friend told me a day after she received her second COVID vaccine.
“Adam West Batman or Ben Affleck Batman?”
“Christian Bale hockey pants Batman.”
True. Freaking. Statement.
I can confirm: the second (Pfizer) vaccination side effects are rather unpleasant, especially when you already exist in a state of chronic inflammation. It’s so incredibly worth it, though. TL;DR? Get your vaccine.
In Sickness: Hell is the absence of the ones you love.
There is talk of letting the virus run its course. Of murdering people in the name of “herd immunity”.
Tell me: If someone goes to an understaffed, overworked, jam-packed hospital ER with no beds available and not enough surgeons to go around, then ends up dying from neglect because it’s the best the medical staff can offer during the height of a preventable second massive wave of a pandemic, is that counted as a COVID death?
I Miss Travel & Strangers I Haven’t Met
Adventures await us on the other side of this pandemic. I can’t help it if I’m a little impatient, though.
Exercising with Hypothyroidism: My Reality is Not My “Excuse”
“Tired? Aren’t you jazzed and energized from all that dancing?” she asked, since she’d seen me clumsily bouncing and spinning in a tired circle through the front window. “Exercise always gets me going!”
I laughed in reply; I have had this conversation more times and with more people than I can count.
Love, Hiding in Plain Sight
Oscar Wilde claimed that there are but two tragedies in this life: 1. not getting what you want, and 2. actually getting it. Then, I suppose, there are the two most incredible joys: the unexpected treasures and experiences that simply drop into your lap one day… and the ones you didn’t know you had waiting for you all along.
My Grief Diet: Saying “No” To Emotional Whiplash
Apparently, one of the keys to managing this lovely autoimmune condition of mine is to lower the amount of stress I experience on a daily basis. Anyone with even half of shred of humanity right now is feeling the massive suck of the deplorable gravity that is the greater wide world right now. Our collectiveContinue reading “My Grief Diet: Saying “No” To Emotional Whiplash”
On Existence: The Legacies We Leave
I take no issue in finding my own reasons for being here. I exist to learn hard lessons from some and to teach hard lessons to others; I am here to love and bring joy to those beings who treasure and shelter my soul; and, like every good soul in this world, I exist toContinue reading “On Existence: The Legacies We Leave”
Thyroid Misdiagnosis: How I (Eventually) Got Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
“Hmm, it looks like your Hashimoto’s antibodies are still high.”
“Wait–I have Hashimoto’s?” I demanded. “I thought I just had hypothyroidism!”
“Oh, yes. You have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.”
He then continued talking, like he hadn’t just dropped the bomb that I had an autoimmune disease.
Live Happily Ever After: Become A Love Language Polyglot
Polyglot. Adjective. Definition: Knowing or using several languages. Why not become a polyglot in all the love languages? A few days back, I was chatting online with a good friend of mine. She was super excited that her boyfriend had thoughtfully picked up something she’d been eyeing for months–but she seemed to almost feel guilty for appreciating theContinue reading “Live Happily Ever After: Become A Love Language Polyglot”
In Defense of Carb-Heavy Fruits and Vegetables: Thyroid Heart Health
I’ve been (unsurprisingly) thinking a lot these days about health. Pandemic aside, my thyroid meds have needed to be adjusted again (hurray for Hashimotos!) — and as I’ve been learning more about my manageable-but-irritating-permanent companion, it’s led me to question more in-depth some of the passive beliefs that have been hammered into my skull overContinue reading “In Defense of Carb-Heavy Fruits and Vegetables: Thyroid Heart Health”