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Positivity is a Choice

Wherever You Go, There You Are : Positivity is a Choice

I’ve heard this saying for many, many years, from several sources. (If you’re interested in a slightly entertaining list of “I first heard it HERE” check this out). I’ve tried travel on for size, experiencing 49 states and 14 countries. I went places. I was places. I felt present in those places. It was a fantastic […]

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Fundraiser for Rat Lungworm Survivor Graham McCumber!

WATCH THE VIDEO! TRUST ME!!!! FUNDRAISER FOR RAT LUNGWORM SURVIVOR, GRAHAM MCCUMBER! LET’S GET THIS MAN A SERVICE DOG!!!!!! OBVIOUSLY, this story resonates with me on levels that are EXTREMELY personal.  This is a VERY worthy fundraiser for an especially spectacular young rat lungworm survivor. Take the 5 minutes or so it takes to be […]

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Gabapentin Moment – Laughing Through Recovery

Laughing Through Recovery is Necessary. Without Humor, there’s no hope. Tuesday night I got a text from John. It was a photo. There was blood. He’d gotten in a fight… With a tree branch. It split his cheek open, but other than some glue, a headache, and some swelling, he came out fine. Having a […]

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Rita’s Rat Lungworm Recovery Update – Prognosis

Where am I in my rat lungworm recovery? A year ago, they thought I wouldn’t walk again. They didn’t account for my determination. This day last year I slept about 20 hours of the 24. I was wearing a diaper because I could no longer control my bowels, weighed about 99 lbs, and could not […]

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Healing-Stones Hurricane Rita

Companion – Healing Stones

Healing Stones  – Rita and John – written in the order they came to our healer, Mickey Wesler. They were done together as one reading because she had difficulty separating our spirits from one another. Chrysacolla – Unconditional love. Continually discover new ways of nurturance. Survival intertwined with earth. Embrace the wondrous and even frightening aspects […]

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I.Will.Run.Again. is now I.Ran.

What began as a pretty mellow morning remained that way for a few hours longer. John casually juiced a second round. This time a combination of kale, spinach, apple, pear, banana, and strawberries. Nom nom nom….slurp! (That’s what she said) We drove to the Dirty Girl Mud Run based on my directions. HW 81N to exit 180 […]

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Morning in the Life of a Dirty Girl

If pre-race morning has been anything for me, it’s been anticlimactic.  I’m sitting in the sunroom with our starting veggies, sipping my coffee, listening to the song birds declare today glorious. (I’ve declared that already). I’ve done several sun salutations. I’m feeling quite warm and quite centered. Quite peaceful, quite blessed. In my previous, pre-parasite […]

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Post Parasitic Hurricane Drizzle

So post- parasitic life has changed some things for me. For example: I was told I have another UTI (urinary tract infection) today.  Now, before this gets undue attention, I’ve been suffering from decently frequent and chronic UTIs since the army decided to medicate me insufficiently for a gnarly kidney infection I got in January 2002, when I was 19. It took nearly a year […]

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Hurricane Rita Zumba

Defying Death to Dance – A Paralyzed Zumba Instructor Makes a Comeback

One Zumba Instructor’s Fight Past Paralysis and Chronic Pain to Dance When I first realized I would need to learn to walk again, I felt a kind of numbing acceptance. Sure. I’ll learn to walk again, because I don’t want to stop my love of movement quite yet. I would have laughed at you if […]

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