There seems to be a lot of talk around grief these days. Many years ago when you endured something traumatic it wasn’t the norm to hear people tell you to take your time grieving. At least that wasn’t my experience. When I was very sick from toxic mold exposure in my office and my father passed away as a result of medical malpractice, I was … Continue reading Sunday Reflections- Grief Isn’t Shameful
Being mean spirited and casting judgments on those with disabling and debilitating health conditions is never a good idea. Before you judge or lash out at people in our community, consider these 5 things: 1. Some adults have to sleep/rest longer hours, not because they’re lazy but because their disability or chronic illness requires much more rest than the average individual. This same goes for … Continue reading Saturday Thoughs – Be Careful How You Treat Those in Our Community
Hi friends. I hope and pray that you are well. I’ve missed you. Lately, I’ve been hiding as we navigate through some crazy terrain. I’m sorry I haven’t been very active on my social media pages or blog these past few weeks. Life has been slapping me in the face, and I’m still a bit red and bruised, so I’ve chosen to hide as I … Continue reading I almost Died – Sunday Ramblings & Reflections
The loss and constant suffering of mold illness and chemical injury can feel like you are constantly in and out of funerals. You bury one loss only to find that there is yet another one that you have to bury. Month after month, year after year, these losses can leave you feeling heartbroken, angry, and lonely. The loss of not being able to have children.The … Continue reading Sunday Thoughts on the Losses We Experience Due to Mold Illness & Chemical Injury
I can’t pretend that I have a perfect marriage, nor can I say that we have always handled everything thrown at us with grace and patience. We’ve tried, but we’ve failed and started over so many times.Truth be told, we have fallen flat on our faces. We have quit, screamed, cried, walked away, and felt broken. With my husband and me, our health journey started … Continue reading Random Thoughts on Marriage, Mold Toxicity & Faith
Healing takes time, be gentle with yourself, and don’t compare yourself to others. Not everyone who says they are an expert in a field knows what they are talking about, so do your due diligence. Beware of professionals in any given field who have a hidden agenda or hold money, power, and status as their God. Toxic mold and other toxins in our environment can … Continue reading Random Saturday Thoughts – Health & Hope
No matter what you do or how you do it, there will always be people who will criticize you, speak ill, and share false information about you. It’s been my bread and butter for quite some time, and it sucks. In the early years, I remember being at church gatherings and watching people gossip and snicker about me and downplay my health situation. I also … Continue reading Mind Your Words When Talking With Or About Someone with Illnesses You Don’t Understand
May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month. MCS is also known as Environmental Illness, Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance, and Environmentally Acquired Illness. In Spanish, it is referred to as Sensibilidad Química Multiple and or Intolerancia Ambiental. This illness can be brought on after a toxic injury. Many people develop it after one significant exposure or after multiple exposures. Exposure to construction chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, … Continue reading May Is MCS Month-Why Do We Call Ourselves Canaries?-English/Spanish Post
I just wanted to take a moment to encourage you during these crazy times that we’re going through. I’ve been trying to write this post for the last two weeks but haven’t been feeling well enough to do so. I had a bad chemical and mold exposure that pushed me over the edge and the myalgia and nerve pain were extremely overwhelming. Thankfully this week … Continue reading Look For The Helpers – Reflections Amidst The Coronavirus Pandemic
Many families won’t have gifts or decorations or special treats during the holidays. Some won’t even have a home to live in. Instead of searching for Black Friday deals on toys or gadgets they’ll be searching for a place to pitch up a tent or a vacant room in someone’s home if they can tolerate it. Some families will be forced to camp outdoors in … Continue reading A Struggle Endured By Many Yet Understood By Few – Mold Chronicles
I had the pleasure of meeting Author and Attorney Alan Bell recently. We spoke for quite some time after he signed a copy of my book. He was a prominent attorney in Florida when all of a sudden he became very sick with all sorts of symptoms that baffled his doctors and his family. His story is a story of pain, suffering, and triumph. His story … Continue reading Meeting Alan Bell – Author of The New Book “Poisoned”
Being severely sick no matter what the disease or disability is, can be life-altering. It can stir up anger, rage, hatred, un-forgiveness, and fear or it can teach us to love, trust, pray harder, grow in humility and release all that we cannot fix to the master fixer of all things broken. This last decade and a half have been pretty intense especially for me. … Continue reading Mothers Day Reflections – When You’re Chronically Ill
There is always someone who needs your help. But sometimes we miss how we can help fill the needs of others because we are too busy. Being busy and stressed out all of the time robs us of our joy and our peace. It also robs us of our health and overall wellbeing. If you are in the position to help someone financially, emotionally, spiritually, or physically … Continue reading There Is Always Someone Who Needs Your Help
Today marks the anniversary date of my dad’s untimely death. He was taken from us due to medical malpractice. Sometimes, when we hide deep hurt inside our hearts, it eats away at us, and slowly we begin to die. I am still healing from his absence, and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t remember him with profound joy or sadness. I … Continue reading I miss you dad – Dealing with the Aftermath of Losing a Loved One
In thinking about the new year and all that it has to offer. I started thinking about my kids. That got me thinking about other peoples kids and then my mind went off to think about the kids no one thinks about. Kids like the ones in this photo. I wonder if these kids woke up the morning of this picture and thought to themselves … Continue reading Dressing for Need versus Fashion – The Truth about Real Beauty
This week my baby boy turns one. It seems like just yesterday that we brought him home. Seeing him grow so quickly and missing the days he was just six pounds made me think of everything I write and speak about. Our Life. It goes by too quickly, and we have no guarantees or do over’s. It is not like a batch of burned cookies … Continue reading Life is born…and then the days go by so quickly……
So yesterday I was invited by a local Pediatrician and Holistic MD to start a series of talks at Whole Foods. My first talk was a lot of fun and we had pretty much the whole restaurant full of innocent bystanders who seemed to take interest in what we had to say. But the most amazing part of everything is that I had my pointers … Continue reading Things don’t always turn out the way you plan them
You’ve all seen it. It comes in hundreds of colors, shapes sizes, and uses. Some people buy it to feel better while others buy it because they think they need to keep up with the trends of today. Kids need it and can’t live without it. We train our babies also to want it. But what are we doing to ourselves? In an attempt to … Continue reading Green Living: Do you really need that?
I have been asked that question a few times. Someone recently asked me why do I bother spending countless hours writing articles for my blog when I get paid nothing and I have no guarantee that what I write makes a difference in anyone’s life. First of all, thank you for your comments and second of all, it’s no bother, really. It is no bother … Continue reading Why bother?
When I think of my dad, I think of the story of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. My dad spent most of his life as a dad washing feet, and he never complained. His love, kindness, patience, humility, and hard work with me and my children will be imprinted on my heart for the rest of my life. My dad was all the things I … Continue reading Things I miss about my Dad on Father’s Day
When your house is a mess, the kids are sick, there is nothing to eat in the fridge, it’s raining and hot out and your AC stops working? Maybe you struggled to get up in the morning to go to that job of yours that drives you insane but it pays the bills so you just suck it up. Perhaps you’ve just been told that … Continue reading Ever had one of those days?
Today was one of those days that I almost wish I could record to keep as a treasure. After work, I went out with my husband, our kids, and a friend. We went to pick up Charlie from the gas station where he was sleeping. I got to meet some of Charlie’s friends. My husband’s friend bought food for them and we all prayed together. … Continue reading Charlie the Homeless Guy
First, let me start off by saying that Wonder Woman has nothing on me! You know kids have a beautiful way of reminding you just how insignificant your woes and wants are. They have a God-given way of completely humbling the hardest of hearts with sweet potato spit up on your freshly dry-cleaned suit. I often think that if I offered a stand-up comedy show … Continue reading MOMS – We are what makes the world go round!
When we hear the words Organic and Holistic it is often speaking of food and health. And if you’ve read my blog you know I am all about organic food and a holistic approach to health. But being that I am still a bit melancholy from Fathers Day (I lost my dad suddenly not too long ago), I wanted to take a different spin on … Continue reading Getting back to Living Life not just participating in an assembly line