Category Archives: Chronic illness

My Wishes for Patients

“The first wealth is health.”    – Ralph Waldo Emerson Medical Wishes for You First and foremost:  may you have affordable health coverage (co-pays, premiums, and deductibles). Second first:   may you have knowledgeable and compassionate physicians work with you and then… May all your doctors see you on time May all your lab techs… Read More »

Fa La La La Hum Bug!

Now that Christmas is over, I’ve got to get this off my chest:  I’m glad it’s done.   All I wanted for Christmas was a “Fast Forward” button for the month of December.    Yep.  Call me  Grinch, Scrooge, Grumpy, whomever you like.    I know it’s not politically correct.   As I went about the usual December activities… Read More »

Looking for the Bright Side of Life’s Challenges

This time of year has always caused more angst than joy for me. More obligations in work, family, and social aspects of life in a compressed time period (not to mention when the nights are longer — less daylight) would tip me into the “winter blues.” This Christmas season, living with Polycythemia Vera ( and… Read More »

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change

This is my focus for the month: achieving change through a change in perspective. My life is very fulfilling — I’m a full-time nonprofit exec, a full-time mom (what mom isn’t!?) and community volunteer and activist. My time is filled with everything… except proper self-care. So this year, as we wait for our referral for… Read More »