Saturday, August 17, 2013

Happy Anniversary HuffPostLive

HuffPostLive celebrated their 1 year anniversary on August 13, 2013. The live streaming program truly gives you an opportunity to participate in the conversation, whether it's being an on-air guest or in the HuffPostLive community.

Topics run from politics, celebrity stories to social issues, such as family relationships.

HuffPostLive community has introduced me to a variety of beloved characters. I can chat with people, around the world, who have different points of view and lifestyles. This opportunity has opened my eyes to the world beyond my front door. And I do believe it's given my a bigger heart for my fellow man.

So Happy One Anniversary HuffPostLive. Here's to another great year.

23AndMe DNA Genetic Testing and Ancestry Kit

This week, I received a free 23AndMe DNA testing kit, courtesy of #techtea Twitter party.

When you open the kit, you'll see the instructions advising you to register your kit. This is a must-do because if you send your kit back without registering it will not be processed.

The instructions, include written and photos. Both are easy to follow.

Once our son, provided his saliva sample, followed the instructions, placed the sample tube into the plastic bag.

I placed the plastic bag, with sample, back into the same box. (the box has a return addressed stamped label on it)

Now we'll just wait for notifications of his results.


In honor of Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week 2013, Sept. 9-15, here's my 30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know list

1. The illnesses I live with is: Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Compressed Cervical Discs, Herniated Lumbar Discs, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Major Depression

2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2000

3. But I had symptoms since:: 2000

4. The biggest adjustments I had to make are: Adapting for my lost of range of motion, memory, and hand strength

5. Most people assume: I'm healthy

6. The hardest part about mornings are: Getting dressed has gotten more difficult due to the hand pain, severe pain in my lower back

7. My favorite medical TV show is: I don't have one

8. A gadget I could not live without is: my lobby upright dust pan ~no need for bending to sweep up dirt

9. The hardest part about nights are: relaxing my 'overstimulated' system enough to fall asleep

10. Each day I take 6 pills & vitamins.

11. Regarding alternative treatments : I exercise, diet, mediation, listen to music

12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: invisible illness

13. Regarding working and career: I am no longer working

14. People would be surprised to know: I was once committed to a mental institution

15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: is that my symptoms continue to change as I age

16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was:I can ride a bike

17. The commercials about my illness: They don't apply to me.

18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is:

being able to do more for myself without further injury or pain flare ups

19. It was really hard to have to give up: Actually, it hasn't been that difficult to give up things thanks to continuous counseling

20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: swimming

21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Really? What's normal? This is my new normal

22. My illness has taught me: Stop blaming myself.

23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: I suffer more than you do since you don't take opioid medication.

24. But I love it when people: You have a wonderful smile.

25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: 'My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness". 2 Corinthians 12:9

26. When someone is diagnosed I like to tell them: I'm sorry to hear that.

27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: How much time it takes up managing it. Woo.

28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I didn’t feeling well: My husband took the day off, made me lunch and we watched a funny movie together.

29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: to learn, to educate, to spread awareness

30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: Great. Now, that you're finished reading my list, go out there and have a terrific day.

Conquer Chiari Walk Across America, September 21, 9AM-10:30AM, Las Vegas, NV

Chiari Malformation is a serious neurological disorder affecting 300,000 people in the US. The Conquer Chiari Walk Across America is a series of local awareness and fundraising walks held across the country on the same day.

Join us on this special day and help the thousands of families struggling with this terrible disease. All proceeds will be used to fund Chiari research.

The Las Vegas, Nevada Walk will be held on September 21, 2013, Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Dr -Las Vegas, NV 89131.

Registration Begins at 9:00 AM, Walk Starts @ 10:30 AM.

Walk length is 1.25 miles. Walk at your fitness level.

Participation is free

For more information, to register as a walker, or to sponsor a walker, contact Christine Smith at (702) 275-4241 and or visit:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

My #TechTea Twitter Prize Has Arrived!

There have been times that I thought about having a DNA test done, in hopes of learning about my ancestry and genetic healthy but the price was always out of reach. So when I read about the #TechTea twitter party prizes being DNA test and testing I decided to attend.

I was so excited to have won a 23andMe DNA test.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

HuffPostLive: Life As A Large Breasted Woman

Some large-chested ladies suffer physical pain while others experience the pain of unwanted attention. Yet many women with large breasts embrace them and some even opt to go bigger. We discuss how breasts can define women, for better or for worse.

Some people may think having large breasts is a blessing I can tell you it wasn't for me. It was an experience filled with negative comments, physical abuse and lots of tears.

Please watch while I join Erin, Deona, Dr. Michael Niccole to discuss breast reductions, buying bras and life as a large breasted woman, on HuffPostLive.

Chronic Pain Is A Problem Few Doctors Can Address ~ RedOrbit

Chronic Pain Is A Problem Few Doctors Can Address, Enid Burns, RedOrbit, August 13, 2013

Most doctors are trained and well-equipped to treat acute pain, or pain that results from an injury and will subside with treatment, but few doctors are trained to address chronic pain. A new study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit finds that of the 117 US and Canadian medical schools, only four US medical schools put a required course for pain management on the schedule for medical students.

Chronic pain is a growing issue with more and more patients suffering from regular pain. The hospital estimates that 100 million people in the US live with chronic pain. It accounts for roughly a $635 billion annual split between health care costs and loss of productivity. The growing number of patients with chronic pain outnumbers medical specialists by a wide margin. The report says that a 2011 study found that for every medical specialist, there were 28,500 patients.

Many of those patients go to their general care physicians, and not specialists, to help with pain management.

“It’s a major health care problem,” said Raymond Hobbs, M.D., a Henry Ford Internal Medicine physician, and senior author of the clinical review published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association. “We have physicians who have been well trained and have been practicing medicine a long time, but didn’t receive training in pain management.”

You can read the full article at RedOrbit.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Menu Plan MOnday~ August 12, 2013

One way of saving on our grocery bill is to buy only what I'm going to use. Example: potato leek soup Many of the ingredients can be used in breakfast and lunch recipes so nothing is going to waste!

My husband and I finally made time to watch "Lincoln" DVD, this weekend. While it wasn't my cup of tea I did find Daniel Day Lewis' performance amazing. There were moments that I actually forgot it was him.

My husband was an American History major, in college, and really appreciated the details, in 'Lincoln'.

Overall, "Lincoln" just wasn't worth a $10 bucket of popcorn.

Come join me at Menu Plan Monday!

layered chicken salad

Italian Sausage & Pasta Toss

fish & chips

Joe's Red Deviled Chicken

Potato Leek Soup~I love cooking with leeks

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Jumping Tandem Sunday: Please Change The Way I Think

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2 NLT

My son likes to say, "We need to stop being sheep."

I really love the cookie cutter in the Pinterest pin. What a terrific symbol of what I used to be.

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