October 15, 2017

Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age

It seems like the more control we gain over our physical well-being, the more we want to control -- and the more it scares it when we can't! But what if we've been approaching our healthcare all wrong? As frail, mortal humans we place a premium on physical health. We want to be healthy and whole. If we are hurt or injured, we seek a remedy. If we are diseased, we seek a cure. We exercise, diet, and take vitamins to keep our bodies working in prime condition. We even spend money on well-visits just to make sure there's nothing wrong behind the scenes. None of that is wrong . . . until it crowds out everything else. None of that is harmful until it becomes our main focus in life, causing [...Read More]

Your Health Is Not Everything

We place such a premium on physical health. We spend money on gym memberships, workout equipment, quality running shoes, and music to run by. We count calories, carbs, and sugars, and worry about choosing the right kinds of fat. We drink green smoothies, research symptoms online until we're paranoid, and stock up on supplements that promise younger, slimmer, healthier bodies. Our bodies are king, and they must be appeased. I'm guilty of thinking that way, too. I'd like to think I have a valid reason to focus on my health. After all, I have a chronic illness -- which includes insomnia, chronic fatigue, weakened immune system, chronic inflammation, migraines, and a little extra [...Read More]

My Life with Chronic Illness (Wegener’s Granulomatosis)

Life with chronic illness is an adventure. Not a fun one, but a long and challenging one that is constantly changing and evolving. It's filled with doctors, tests, medications, a bit of guessing, some experimentation, and a whole lot of prayer. I should know -- I've been living with chronic illness since 2007. I was diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis, also known as "Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis," the year after graduating college. It's a rare auto-immune disease that is mostly "invisible" to the outside world. Other than looking really tired (bags under my eyes and all that), most people wouldn't guess that I struggle with life-changing effects on a daily basis. It's been a hard [...Read More]