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Across the Canyons of Uncertainty

Across the Canyons of Uncertainty

Where do you begin when you discover that everything you thought was going to happen will not be happening after all? Plans are so last year and most of us are paralyzed by uncertainty. This year has served up changes daily and sometimes hourly. If it feels like you...

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Cancer Doesn’t Care About Your Holiday Traditions

Cancer Doesn’t Care About Your Holiday Traditions

Cancer does not get the final word. We do. My family is pretty rooted in tradition. We always spend Christmas Eve at my great-aunt’s house in a tiny little town in northern Minnesota with anywhere from 40-60 people packed tightly into her home. My mom prepped the...

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Job Search Tips for Young People Living With Chronic Illness

Job Search Tips for Young People Living With Chronic Illness

When you are chronically ill, searching for a job can feel impossible. Among other issues, it can be hard to know if and when to disclose your disability. My name is Morgan and I suffer from multiple chronic illnesses. Though I’m back in school now, studying Business...

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My Mom Could Have Lived Through Cancer

My Mom Could Have Lived Through Cancer

In 2009, my Mom died of cancer. It went quite quick in the end, but that is because we were unaware that she had cancer. Turns out, that was because of a simple mistake. And without that mistake, she would still be alive. After my father died in 2000, my mom moved in...

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Embracing Special Needs, In Others and In Yourself

Embracing Special Needs, In Others and In Yourself

“Special”, isn’t that something everyone wants to be? Then why is it we are so scared of “special needs”? I am the oldest of a family of six children, two of whom we adopted and have Downs Syndrome. I am big sister to Ellen, in her roaring 30s, a ball of cheeky fire...

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Bullying Experience Shaped My Personality

Bullying Experience Shaped My Personality

 I suffered from bullying for many months, but it did not stop me from hanging out with my bully, considering her to be my best friend. She pushed me to my limits and to do horrible things.  My mother calls me Dolores, my friends and family call me Lola, I...

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Finding My Own Happiness

Finding My Own Happiness

This part of my journey goes back about 2-3 years.  Finding my own happiness. To make a long story short: I had a good and lucrative career in IT sales; I was living with my girlfriend in a nice apartment in a nice city; I could afford to travel and eat out at...

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A Letter To My Body

A Letter To My Body

I live with lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease and it is attacking my kidneys. My body changed a lot since my diagnosis, but my relationship with it improved. I now write a letter to my body. Hey body, it is okay Hey, sorry it took me so long to write a letter to...

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