You Don’t Look Sick: Part 3

This is part three in a three-part series on frustrating lines, including explanations for their hurtfulness, better phrases to use instead, and ways for the chronically ill to retrain their brain to hear the kind intentions in all words. You can catch up by reading Part One and Part Two here.  Now, let's finish ....... Continue Reading →

You Don’t Look Sick: Part Two

This is part two in a three-part series on frustrating lines, including explanation for their hurtfulness, better phrases to use instead, and ways for the chronically ill to retrain their brain to hear the kind intentions in all words. You can read Part One here.  Now, let's get back to business. #5 AT LEAST IT'S... Continue Reading →

You Don’t Look Sick: Part 1

We all have certain lines or phrases that rattle us. I cringe when someone prefaces with "I'm just saying..." or "No offense, but..."  To me, those words are signals, immediate clues warning me that whatever the speaker is about to say, he or she knows I will probably not agree with it. It's the quickest way... Continue Reading →

Faking It

My body is betraying me once again. You probably guessed that from my absence lately. My muscles ache and spasm.  Fingers and thumbs are disobedient, jumping and twitching to their own drum.  I try to type, but random keys are struck.  Frustration sets in as I spend more time deleting and correcting than typing and... Continue Reading →

Word Vomit

Sometimes, my filter is broken and words just fly out of my mouth, like projectile vomit, long before my moral compass has a chance to register. You’re probably thinking that I’m exaggerating. After all, my word choice here is pretty precise and constructive. But remember, there is a process to writing. In the planning and preparing stage,... Continue Reading →

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