Chronic Illness, Myositis, and Depression

The following are the comments I gave to a support group about my book, The Marvelous Transformation: Living Well with Autoimmune Disease and how one can use the messages within it to deal with the mild, acute, hopelessness, sadness, and even depression that sometimes results from flares of chronic illnesses like myositis.

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PARENTING AROUND WHAT OTHERS THINK

Conversations with God teaches, “There is no such thing as right and wrong,” no sin or soul’s punishment for anything we do, because we have perfect free will and are all indivisible, yet differentiated parts of the Divine. For many, being one with God means that they choose to personify love and light in the world. Even without fear of punishment, they have decided not to hurt others because “We are all one,” and in hurting another, they know they hurt themselves.  

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Inspirational Hearts to give your children

Do you want to use Valentine's day (or any day!) to inspire and encourage your child? Here are some ready made hearts to print, cut out, and post around the house/in your child's bedroom to celebrate how amazing you think he or she is! I've also included a couple of blank ones for you to personalize. Your child will delight in feeling so appreciated!

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Parenting with Conversations with God in Donald Trump’s Presidency

The United States has a new president-elect, with the Electoral College having certified the election. I’ve personally struggled with much of what I saw occurring during this long election campaign, and with the division in our country that I have observed over the past several weeks since the outcome.

How did anger, hatred and vitriol all across the political spectrum come to play such a role in our politics? What happened to progress and love? I thought there were certain ethical boundaries that were impenetrable when it came to America’s democratic process.

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Voting- about disability

Over the next few weeks I'm going to explore the issues as presented by the candidates for president through the lens of conscious and spiritual living. Since many of my fans have illness and/or disability in common I thought I'd start with that.

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Choosing consciousness over convenience

For me, it's very important to remain conscious in all of my decisions, so I try not to make blanket statements such as the one in the school's posting (read one article explaining the rationale here) because it takes the consciousness out of the individual decision-making in a potential situation.

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Broke in Love: A Modern Family

Our kids, ten-year-old daughter, Sage, and 23-year-old nephew, Rick, and I were discussing my practice of finding appreciation for the little things in life; a practice that annoys my daughter to no end. This is a prevalent theme in our family, as my husband, Scott and I, navigate life riddled with the ups and downs of my twenty-two years of chronic illness, complete with various doctor visits, medical procedures, treatments, and resulting medical bills, credit card debt, and stress.

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Yet another thing stolen from me by dermatomyositis...my bicycle

A message for my friends with chronic illnesses

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Helping family members understand the merry-go-round of chronic illness from a spouse’s perspective

By Scott and Emily Filmore

A recurring topic of conversation in health support groups is the difficulty spouses, partners, parents, siblings, children, or friends of people with chronic illness show in understanding and accepting the realities of their loved ones’ health situations. This is often compounded for people with the so-called invisible diseases such as myositis, fibromyalgia, MS, chronic migraines, and other autoimmune diseases because no matter how bad patients feel on the inside, no matter how weak their muscles, no matter how much fatigue they struggle with, they often look normal to the outside world....
 

...Scott Filmore, Emily’s partner of thirteen years, weighs in on what he does to help create a successful marriage even as they face the daily struggles of her multiple health issues.

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Parenting, spirituality, and competitive athletes

The last thing I ever thought I would be, as I meditated and yoga-ed my way through pregnancy, was a competitive athlete’s mom. But part of being a conscious, aware, attached, and spiritual parent is listening to the soul's yearnings of your child - and my daughter, and her soul, proclaimed loud and clear: "I want to be a figure skater." Before she ever thought I would strap a pair of blades to her feet she was "skating" across the bare floors of our home in makeshift skates of socks, empty tissue boxes, and anything else that would slide; whether I thought it was safe or not! 

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Why I walked out of a restaurant and why you should too: advocating for safer food through your dollars

I've talked before about how becoming spiritually aware leads one to see things more clearly, both positive and negative, in the world. This dawning of awareness is not always easy to sustain without comment. This extends to the ways businesses conduct themselves, especially after you see how other business are able to handle the same situation. I recently had one such experience.


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The importance of children having complete domain over their own bodies

Children, boys or girls, shouldn't have to hug everyone in their family and should have complete control over their own personal space. How controversial! When you look at a child as a fully actualized human being from birth, with intrinsic worth equal to that of your own, you realize that they are not your trophy nor your puppet. They are not something or someone from which you should derive pride or your own self worth, and they are not there to put on a show or make other people feel good about themselves.

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