The Strange Dichotomy Between How I Look & What I Feel

I distinctly remember watching a video my husband taped of me approximately ten months ago. My mannerisms seemed poised, my speech resonated in an even pleasant tone, my thoughts appeared collected.But how could this be? I thought to myself, how in the world…

I‘ve spent time over the last month collecting some of the best voices on chronic illness and pain from the lens of  Christians enduring long-term health issues. The words these wonderful people have to offer are filled with such astounding wisdom. Take a listen..

A Letter to the Person With Chronic Illness

To My Dear Friend Facing Chronic Illness: I’ve seen you coming out from the doctor’s office. You come back soon after with orange cylindrical bottles that have newly hit the market, promising change. Or you have your armful of supplements lined up neatly on the counter….

Grieving Your Chronic Illness

You know you don’t have to cry. Look on the positive side.” I don’t remember my husband, Michael’s exact words those many months ago, but they were along those lines. I was sitting on the bed and glanced over at our wedding photos framed over our bookshelf. Before that day, I prided myself on saving my tears for when the horrific pain would zing through my body…

6 Things NOT to Say to Someone With Chronic Illness

1. “Oh, I’ve had something like that before, you’ll be fine.” So many times, there can be shared symptoms with individuals fighting health crises. It’s easy to jump to conclusions, presuming the outcome will be the same. Even with people who have similar conditions I have, I try to be careful not to equate my health condition as the exact…

Yearning For Miracles

Have I left you yet? Then the other words return as a whisper, just wait expectantly.The problems are so weighty. Ones we never thought we would experience. I want the parting of the sea. The waters to turbulently gush to my side left and right, fish flopping on dry ground as I pass to a land of promise…

What You Need to Know About Healing

Christian healing is one of my favorite topics and one of my least favorite. When I see a book under the  Christian category with the subject matter of healing, I become hesitant. Will this book I’m picking up tell me I will be guaranteed healing if I do x,y,z? Or will this book dismantle any factor of healing because…

You’re Not Your Bad Days

Our lives are arranged into a mosaic of good moments and bad. Yet those bad moments tend to cobweb our thinking into redefining an entire situation as utterly detestable. The days where I am literally crying out in pain seem to muddle my thinking and can eventually lead to…

The Light of Messy Hope

We didn’t know when we first created “Inkblots” that my health would demand my body to stay in a pitch-black room or else intense neuro issues would strike…

What to Do When You Can’t Write Because of Brain Fog

Brain Fog. It’s the nebulous foe of anyone with a chronic illness who enjoys writing…or you know, thinking. You stare at the screen, but the cursor just seems to blink repetitiously among a blank sea of nothingness. Meanwhile, your brain feels like…

10 Faith Filled Books for the Chronically Ill

When you’re in the deepest of trenches, sometimes you just need the right book to offer itself in your life and commiserate with you. Enter in our list of books of Faith Filled Books for the Chronically Ill

How Family Dysfunction Impacts Your Chronic Illness

I really debated about whether or not to write this for some time, but what I came down to is this: the area of family is a very raw topic amongst the chronically ill community, and sometimes, it becomes more of a thorn to the chronically ill than the illness itself.  It came to the point where I just couldn’t ignore the area of hurt with family dysfunction and chronic illness…

When God Is Silent

“I don’t think God would allow the same thing to happen twice. Why would He allow you to get so seriously sick again when you’ve already endured that testing once?”

Eating Healthy Meals with a Chronic Illness

I know the question pops up frequently: just how do I eat healthy with a chronic illness? And then the follow-up question that becomes even more overwhelming than the first: what does it actually mean to eat healthy with a chronic illness?…

How to Spot Unsafe People When You Have a Chronic Illness

“Chronic illness wouldn’t be as terrible as it is if it were just the illness we were dealing with.” I’m not sure who said this statement, but it’s a fairly accurate statement. There isn’t an area…

When My Invisible Illness Became Visible

I was posed this simple yet thought provoking question from my husband the other day. “What do you think is worse- having an invisible illness or visible?” The question took my aback….

A Letter to the Caregiver

Caregiving is a job that occurs hourly and doesn’t ask you if you want a predictable break for coffee, a breather, and the refreshment of alone time….

Why Pain Pills Are Sometimes Necessary: Especially if You Hate Them

If you hate pain pills, but feel you need them, then you are the exact person they were created for in the first place….

We had the privilege of trying one of the hot new trends in health: CBD hemp oil from  Liberty Lixir. As some background info, we used CBD hemp oil in the past from other companies, so we were expecting our results to be comparable to our past experiences or even lacking from our past experiences since we were pretty confident that we were purchasing the highest echelon of hemp oil.

Hope for When “This Too Shall Pass” Never Comes

“Sarah, he said he really thought things were going to improve for us- that he knew God was going to change our circumstance for the better.” My husband was turned towards me in the kitchen three years ago with those words that he was repeating from a friend lending him a dose of encouragement…

How Family Dysfunction Impacts Your Chronic Illness pt. 2: Looking at Your Unique Family Role and How it Impacts Your Chronic Illness

Dysfunctional families and chronic illness…they go together like, well, mash potatoes and sauerkraut. Which is to say they really don’t mix together too well. I’ve heard it said by someone experienced with seeing patients enduring serious health conditions on a regular basis that nothing bubbles up tense family dysfunction like an ongoing illness. I couldn’t argue…

Family Dysfunction & Chronic Illness: How to Replace Family Dysfunction with a Biblical Worldview

We’ve already talked about the basics of the family roles in dysfunctional families here and delved deeper into how these roles influenced life with chronic illness here. Now, we’re delving into the problem-solving portion from a biblical worldview. Which I don’t know about you, but…