5 Stages of Grief Within Chronic Disease – The Finale

We made it. We’ve cruised through grief (more like bumped, and skidded, and shredded our way through, but still), and we’re at the final stage, which is acceptance.  Now, remember, these are purely my adulterations of Dr. Kubler-Ross’s stages of grief, conformed to...

5 Stages of Grief Within Chronic Disease – Part 3

Explanation of Absence Friends.  I got a puppy.  I have been preoccupied with said puppy as he beguiles me with his adorable cuteness and frustrates me with his frequent poop and pee sprinkles all over the floors of my house.  (I am sharing a handful of puppy photos...

5 Stages of Grief Within Chronic Disease – Part 2

This is part two of my series on grief as it exists within chronic disease.  If you missed Part 1, please click here.  All caught up?  Great!  Let’s move on. 3. Bargaining (1 and 2 in Part 1 - see above) Let's Make a Deal The next stage in grief, according to Dr....

5 Stages of Grief Within Chronic Disease – Part 1

Grief is a passenger.  This is weird because all of a sudden you have this stranger sitting next to you.  You have no idea who you just picked up.  It could be this sweatheart of a guy who is going to help you recover from this ordeal in the easiest and smoothest of...

Secrets to Healing, Restoration, and How Donuts and Netflix Can Help

What I’m all About

I am currently enrolled in a course that is designed to help us ole bloggers improve our content and become more intentional writers, and in so doing, grow our following. My assignment today was to write a blog post about the core of what River and Quill is about. I...

I Am Not Sick

I ran into someone this week who asked me, “Are you sick?”  I explained to her what was going on with my health, and I honestly didn’t mind talking about it.  However, as I walked away from our conversation, I found myself with an unwelcomed feeling.  I was unsettled,...

Healing Chronic Disease with Food

I have designed this blog to be a place of inspiration and hope. I want it to feel like you just sat down on the couch, in front of a fire, with your favorite drink, surrounded by a bunch of friends who want to help you through whatever you are going through. With...

The Fibonacci Sequence

Identity Theft

After I came home from the “death session” (the cystoscopy that diagnosed Interstitial Cystitis), I found myself in a new predicament:  I felt foreign.  Like an alien in my own skin.  My thoughts were broadcasting in German, or Russian, or some sort of combination of...

How to Survive Parenting When You Have A Chronic Disease

Sometimes having a chronic disease is more than I can handle.  Sometimes being a parent is more than I can handle.  Sometimes doing both is like staying awake to watch a movie past ten o’clock in your thirties: impossible. I’m coming up on two years since IC...

Why Creativity Requires Breakfast

Today I want to blubber about breakfast. I know it’s quite the detour from chronic illness support and my “youzhe“, but while eating breakfast in the Starbuck's of our hotel in Nashville, as I glanced over and saw the disheveled family sitting near us, it dawned on me...

The Truth About a Chronic Disease Flare

I’ve had a tough week inside my skull, a place I like to call my turtle shell.  It’s a place I retreat to, especially when things are not so spiffy, and sometimes I catch my thoughts ricocheting off of every wall. After several months of minimal, almost zero symptoms,...

The Importance of Persistence

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Our Pain is Real

It seems obvious, but half of the terrible things you go through as someone with a chronic disease are caused by other people. And that's sad. Rather sad. Ruthlessly sad. One should not have to prove their pain, and yet, most of us with chronic disease have had to...