Posted in Awareness, Blessed, Life

Goodbye 2021 Hello To 2022

Another year ends

2021 is almost gone. Salute to the experience you had in that year, and welcome 2022 with all the guts and glory.

Many things you’ve learned in the year 2021 some of happiness and some some of hurt and some of love. May your 2022 be full of surprises and blessings and love and great fortune goodbye 2021 welcome 2022!

God bless you and good vibes and thanks for following me and stopping by.

See you next year


Posted in Awareness, Blessed, Chronic Pain, Grateful

Happy New Year

Being an advocate for bone and joint pain and personally living with osteoarthritis osteonecrosis and spondylolisthesis pain .

I saw our community struggle in new and ways besides living and dealing with daily pain.

People suddenly couldn’t access routine care because of lockdowns, fear and added anxiety.

They became more isolated than ever before. They and their family members faced job losses and financial hardship.

As an advocate for arthritis and a facilitator for my local LIVE YES Connect Group, I had to cancel or postpone in-person programs and events.

But on the plus side we went virtual on Zoom

Some members and their families faced added strain, whether dealing with virtual school or safety concerns for loved ones in nursing homes.

It’s a year most are happy to see come to an end.

But as a person with pain, I am always compelled to find silver linings. Even in the mist of challenging of times.

In 2020, I got to travel to Washington D.C participate in a focus group and then speak on Capital Hill.

I met some fantastic people from our state representatives to other leaders and advocates who work so hard to create a strong support system for so many causes and conditions.

I got to stay in a great city and tour the beautiful historical city of Washington D.C

We made great strides in accessibility, as health care system finally embraced telehealth and more companies allowed remote work.

Many disabled now gave hope to possibly getting a part time job working from home now because we see it is doable.

We seen a President work tirelessly to get pharmaceutical companies to create a vaccine quickly that will be safe for the USA and world.

We gave witnessed the power of science and innovation with the development of promising treatments and vaccines.

We saw our neighbors and communities come together to support one another in their time of need.

Despite the news only showing negativity there was a lot of positive happening.

2020 shown how resilient we are. And to never lose faith. Be grateful for everyday.

I don’t know what 2021 will bring;

I’m hoping it will be a fantastic year.

I just want to Thank you for your support, and following me on IG, Blog, and all social media platforms I promise to bring you current and uplifting information in 2021 and I wish you all a safe, healthy, prosperous and happy new year



Posted in Awareness, Bible, Blessed

God will never give us a schedule so full that’s there is no time for him

You want success meditate in Gods word in the day and in the night. Just 10 minutes a day

It will change your life

Essentials of Meditation on Gods Word



Absorbing it

Applying to life


I acknowledge that he is my God and I commit myself to God.


Joshua 1:9

Just read it and absorb it.

Watch what God will do in your life .

How many blessings have we missed because we think we got everything handled.

It takes courage to be obedient to god.

Because sometimes we just don’t understand it. But keep reading just 5-10 minutes 2x a day

Read proverbs- if you read one proverb a day it will take you a month,

the book of psalms will take 6-8 months

Try it I know it will change your life.

Posted in Blessed, Grateful, Thanksgiving


Give Thanks To Our Creator

Often in pictures of the pilgrims someone is usually praying and giving thanks.

Think about how you have been blessed this year and all the years in the past. Because you have been blessed.

Psalm 100 :1-5

Shout joyfully to the lord all the earth serve the lord.

Give thanks to him bless his name

The lord is good

Faithful to all generations

God is faithful to us all,even when we are not as faithful to him.


In spite of all I have been through in my life I am grateful and thankful for everything I have gone through, good and not so good because through it all I have learned one thing.

God will never leave me. I am never alone.

I take time to give my thanks to God throughout the day.



It seems like it gets less and less recognition every year.

Where is it in your heart?

It’s on the calendar but it seems like we go from Halloween to Christmas.

We are forgetting to give thanks to God our creator ,for our life , our job, grateful for knowing god, grateful for seeing you through so much and never leaving you. The source of all our blessings.

We seem overlook all that is precious to us, and the source of all our blessings .

The world is changing and not always for the better. Sure we have better technology, drug treatments for some illnesses but people? Mmmm so many seem to have lost the light in their soul or don’t know it’s even there. Some instead of being grateful focus on things that are negative and it’s interfering with gods blessings.

We moan and groan about everything.








Don’t pray

We can’t have a nativity scene,we can’t pray in school, and it seems we can’t even remember to give him thanks on thanksgiving.

Here are a few reason why we need to give him thanks everyday and especially on thanksgiving.

Think about the impact of thanksgiving on our life.

Thanksgiving keeps us continually aware that we are walking in his presence which contrived to living a godly life.

Reasons For Giving Thanks

1. Give Thanks as we are walking with God. He has never left us. We may have left him but he is and always will be there for us. We must show him gratitude.

2. Everything that happens in our life is for a purpose. It should motivate us to look for his purpose in everything that he allows in our life.

3. Helps us seek out God in suffering , pain and loss. Loneliness is a horrible feeling… but Jesus is always there. He will never leave us !

4. Reminds us we need god in our life. We are dependent on God. We need him every day ,all day. We often overlook what is most precious.

5. Of all the things we need to be grateful for is that we have Jesus in our hearts so we need to live a life of goodness.

Do you ever just thank god you got home safe today?

Or thanks that we are able to buy food to eat and nourish our body?

We often over look what is most precious, and focus and dwell on negativity.

Stop asking god why did you allow this to happen to me.

No one lives an easy life.

So just stop and thank god everyday.

Whatever your struggling with he is there with you.

I can’t always understand why things are happening in my life. It’s not his obligation to explain it but he is there to see you through.

So I find joy in the lord in the midst of suffering. And he always sees me through.

God gives me peace when I become anxious or worried. If you get bad news in a friend or family member remember, Jesus said my peace I give to you.

Learn to thank him for everything and anything going on in your life. You have been blessed.

And he will always see you through the good and not so good even when we don’t understand what’s happening in our life, give God thanks for seeing you through.

The apostle Paul knew all about suffering but he writes about the glory of God.

If your wondering where god is ….. he is right there inside you. Ask and he will always see you through.

And give thanks in everything going on in your life.

Have faith it will be ok.

And live as if your prayers have been already answered. I know sometimes life can become weary, It can cause us to lose hope , lose faith

No matter who we are ,where we are never forget god loves us. He is always our perfect hope.

So this thanksgiving give thanks to God for everything happening in your life. Yes…..everything

Today, as we gather with friends and family or if we’re eating alone for Thanksgiving, may we always remember that it is only by the grace of God that we live in a land of plenty. Together, may we give thanks to the Lord, the Source of all good gifts.

May you have a blessed day and I pray everyone reading this has a fantastic blessed day and that they know God you are right there where you always have been , right there with us.

Show us how to live a life of thanksgiving, work in our hearts today and everyday.

Happy Thanksgiving


Posted in Awareness, Blessed, Dad, Korean War, Veterans Day

Veterans Day

My Dad My Hero

My father joined Army

12 August 1949 he was one of the few from his company that came back alive in September 1952. He served in the Korean War.

The Korean War, often referred to as “The Forgotten War,” was fought from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. This Page is dedicated to thanking and honoring all the veterans of the Korean War, their families, and especially those who lost loved ones in that war.

I was lucky my father came home married my mother and later had me 😊

One time my father spoke about the war that I recall and it still made him cry, I was doing a project in jr high about Veterans Day. And I picked Korean War. Had I known what my father saw and lived through I would have picked something else .

He told me he couldn’t tell me everything but what he did share I saw him as an even greater man than I knew he already was.

The Hangul text in the banner says “6-25,” or “yoog-ee-o” in Korean. South Koreans often call the Korean War, “6-25,” because this war started, June 25, 1950

What is a veteran ?

They are active or discharged retired or a reserve

They wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up and including his or her life.

If you want to thank a soldier be the kind of American worth fighting for.

Don’t thank a judge ,lawyer or even our congress and senate for the freedom or defending your rights.

Thank a veteran

Enjoy reading that book?

Don’t thank the author for freedom of the press

Enjoy your freedom to pray and worship?

Don’t thank the preacher for freedom of religion

Thank a veteran

My father is my hero

I miss you every day.

Army Honors Korean War Vets Page

Posted in Awareness, Blessed, Grateful, Thankful

Take Time To Give Thanks

Anyone getting nervous about how the calendar keeps slipping into another holiday season?  I sure am. I’m certainly not ready for the extra stress that often comes with the holiday season. Now don’t misunderstand me , I love , love , love the holidays but man the days are flying by, stores are already crowded and lets be real when you have a chronic condition extra long lines are a kill joy……and painful.

It’s hard to believe its November 2nd  already. With Halloween over everyone seems to rush to Christmas, have we forgotten about Thanksgiving? It seems we go from Halloween to Christmas…. Mmmm what about Thanksgiving?

It’s just one of the times of year we are to pray and give thanks, that’s why George Washington declared Thursday 26 November a day of thanks and prayer back in 1789.

It had nothing to do with the pilgrims.

It was to give thanks.

In 1939 President Franklin D Roosevelt agreed to move Thanksgiving to the 3rd Thursday of November….Why did he do this you ask? Then of course instead of giving thanks he got so much opposition that it was  later changed to the fourth Thursday of November.And do you know why?

It was to help make the Christmas season a bit longer

Now I love Christmas, but what I love is the spending time with family, the traditions, the trees, lights. But now that’s all different now as my family doesn’t really live in this area any more.

And I don’t like all the commercialism that’s placed on people.

So as we go full speed ahead to the holidays and into a new year…..

Please take some time to stop say a prayer and give thanks for all we  do have


Posted in Blessed, God, Life, Life Lessons, Madea, Trees, Wisdom

The Wise Words Of Madea

One of Madea’s comedy bits is about understanding relationships. Using the analogy of a trees, “Madea” says that some people are like leaves, some are like the branches on a tree and, then there are those friends who are our roots. Read this: Madea shares how to understand relationships.

Most people are like leaves.

When the wind blows they go to one side of the tree and then the wind blows the other way they are on the other side. They are totally unstable. All they do is take from the tree and only give shade. When the seasons change they wither and fall off the tree. But don’t be angry with them; this is who they are. God put them in your life just for a season.

Some people are like branches on the tree but watch out for them.

They make you think they are your friends but the minute you step out, they break and leave you.

Oh, but God bless  those folks who are the roots.

But find two or three people who are your roots. They are there to help you live and give stability to your life. A tree may have one thousand branches but just a few roots. Hold on to these people.

The lesson is to be able to let people and relationships go.

And learn how to be alone and first love yourself.  You cannot others until you learn to love yourself. you should learn to be at peace with yourself and others. Get rid of the dysfunction and let people go who continue to create drama and dysfunction in your life.


1. It’s okay to be depressed and cry for a minute, but don’t stay there too long. Get up and get on with your life. If somebody wants to walk out of your life, let them go. Whatever they are running after, they will see what they had but by then it’ll be too late.
2. Years down the road, you’ll be saying – WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING?
3. Some people come into your life to teach you something.
4. Some people are like leaves, branches or the roots of the tree. Make sure you know who are the roots.
5. It won’t be easy, but it would get easier when you learn to love yourself.
6. People need to learn to be by themselves. How are you going to be someone else if you can’t be with yourself?
7. Only 2 places where you will have peace – the grave and your house. Make sure you have peace in your house.
8. This one’s my favorite – Some people come into your life for a lifetime, some come for a season. You’ve got to know which is which…





Tyler Perry says

I have this tree analogy when I think of people in my life, be it friends, family, acquaintances, employees, co-workers, whomever…They are all placed inside what I call my tree test. It goes like this:

Some people come into your life and they are like leaves on a tree. They are only there for a season. You can’t depend on them or count on them because they are weak and only there to give you shade. Like leaves, they are there to take what they need and as soon as it gets cold or a wind blows in your life they are gone. You can’t be angry at them, it’s just who they are.

There are some people who come into your life and they are like branches on a tree. They are stronger than leaves, but you have to be careful with them. They will stick around through most seasons, but if you go through a storm or two in your life it’s possible that you could lose them. Most times they break away when it’s tough. Although they are stronger than leaves, you have to test them out before you run out there and put all your weight on them. In most cases they can’t handle too much weight. But again, you can’t be mad with them, it’s just who they are.

If you can find some people in your life who are like the roots of a tree then you have found something special. Like the roots of a tree, they are hard to find because they are not trying to be seen. Their only job is to hold you up and help you live a strong and healthy life. If you thrive, they are happy. They stay low key and don’t let the world know that they are there. And if you go through an awful storm they will hold you up. Their job is to hold you up, come what may, and to nourish you, feed you and water you.

Just as a tree has many limbs and many leaves, there are few roots. Look at your own life. How many leaves, branches and roots do you have? What are you in other people’s lives?


~ I fall, I rise. I make mistakes. I live, I learn. I’ve been hurt, but I’m alive. I’m human, I am not perfect, but I’m thankful.

Posted in Bible, Blessed, Grateful, Happiness, Joy, Life

Holding Onto Joy In The Midst Of Suffering

For many of us, life is hard. Our daily circumstances seem to conspire to try to rob us of our happiness and more importantly our joy our inner joy.

Maybe you’re stuck in a job that you do not like and doesn’t pay enough to cover your bills or maybe your unemployed or on disability.

Maybe your facing health issues that drain you both physically and mentally daily, maybe you’re struggling with a health problem that makes it difficult to do even the most basic everyday activities.

Maybe you’re in a difficult marriage or have a strained relationship with a family member.

Maybe you’re just trying to follow Jesus, but the people around you tease you and make fun of you for being a Christian. Or even for believing in God.

In the midst of all this negative reality experiencing a constant, deep, and long lasting joy can seem often impossible.

You may even feel unworthy of Gods joy because your not perfect and have done things displeasing to God. We all would fit in that category. But God Loves us as we are flaws and all. He doesn’t expect perfection he just wants us to love him as he loves us.

The bible repeatedly talks about experiencing a kind of joy that transcends all our circumstances.

Jesus told his disciples that he wanted them to experience the fullness of his joy in their lives John 14:11

The apostle Paul calls believers to “Rejoice always” 1 Thes 5:16

But how is that possible?

Paul wrote a letter to the Philippians that is saturated with joy. Even as he suffered.

Sixteen times in just four chapters Paul uses words like rejoice or joy to describe what our state of mind or general attitude should be as Christians.

And he writes this letter in the midst of his own difficult circumstances and suffering .

He was under house arrest in Rome, living in an apartment chained to a different soldier every few hours. Then on top of this he had a three year prison sentence.

So by the time he wrote to the Philippians, he had been in Roman custody for several years. Yet rather than allow his circumstances to drive him to despair, he experienced deep joy and pleaded with the Philippians to share in his joy.

Are you the same person when your going through good times as in bad?

Are you the same when your going through difficulties, disappointments illness or pain is your conduct the same? Is your attitude the same?

Is the pain , suffering or distress seen all over your face?

Do you find yourself less friendly?

How’s your temperament?

Are you appearing to be a different person?

Are you less kind?

Do you let hard-times get you down?

Do you tend to also bring others down?

Are you less friendly always seeing the negative vs looking for the positive?

Are you only happy when everything is going your way?

Are you the same person sick as when you are well?

You say you trust Jesus but do you really? You say your a believer but are you honestly?

Are you struggling in hard times, How does sorrow or illness or physical or emotional pain cause you to respond?

Are you wiped out?

Feel like throwing in the towel?

Are you the same when things go right as when things go wrong?

What happened to your faith?

It’s it these times you need to hold on to it more than ever

What happened to your relationship with Jesus?

That relationship doesn’t change.

Maybe you just don’t know the difference between happiness and joy.

Look at

Philippians 4:1-4

We are to stand firm in the lord.

Rejoice in the Lord always !

Many people sometimes have all the reason in the world to be unhappy but are not.

There are people struggling with pain every single day, day in day out pain,people struggling with and illness fighting every day to survive and live one more day.

We have to understand there is a difference in joy and happiness.

Sure we’re not happy about our situation but we need to remain joyous in the Lord and in our heart. As he will see us through.

When we are struggling we need to stop being so critical of others and judge-mental.

Stop nit picking-and finding fault in what others do. Be grateful they are in your life.

Be grateful for what God has done for you, tell the world how good God has been to you.

See the glass half full vs half empty.

You know when Paul wrote that verse above and Phillipians he had all the reason to be upset and bitter.

He was in a prison, probably tortured and thought he’d be put to death.

But instead of losing himself in the negative he held on to his faith more than ever.

He told everyone how good the Lord was to him.

Read Philippians 4:1-4 again

It says live in harmony, stand firm in the Lord and rejoice in him always. Not when things are smooth and all is perfect but always. In the good and not so good times.

Somehow in those conditions he writes about being joyous in the Lord.

See Paul knew just how to handle his situation he was joyful he had triumphant joy!

He knew no matter what the Lord was with him .

He was not allowing his faith to be shaken. If anything he became stronger.

What will it take for you to have joy in your life?

How are you handling your situation?

Joy is what lives within us. It gets us through the hard times. Joy depends on your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Happiness depends on our circumstances , what you have, what has you.

There is a huge difference in joy and happiness.

To me Joy is that feeling I get knowing no matter what I am going through I have God by my side, It’s unchanging. Never shaken. Joy is a – God – feeling.

Happiness is what I feel if I would get a raise, or my circumstances. Happiness is lighthearted feeling. Happy when I see family.

Most of the times we allow circumstances to determine our feelings , our mood, if we’re happy or sad ,mad or glad nice to be around or just a downer.

But we have to stop that.

We have to stand and rely on our faith more than ever especially in hard times. When we have faith sealed we know that no matter what happens to us in our life what ever we face we have joy and contentment.

Don’t be trapped by your circumstances.

If you look Paul never said he was unhappy, he was accepting and chose to be content in prison sharing the word of God and rejoicing in the Lord. He didn’t dwell on the fact he was locked in a prison cell.

He had unshakable faith and joy.

Have you seen people who get all squirmy in hard times?

Yet some people can go through many more hard times and be unshakable.?

The difference is when things get tough the unshakable go to prayer and thank God in the good and in the hard times.

This is when we grow. This is when we have to rely on our faith and the foundation of our life.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love joy peace goodness kindness and it’s overflowing.

Many think God has left them in hard times. He hasn’t , he is right where he always been-you just have to thank him the same in the hard times as well as the good.

Stop dwelling on the negativity in your life and get back to thanking God for all you do have.

And you will be triumphant.

Your happiness may change based on your family friends circumstances in life illness,a new job, a new outfit.

Your Joy will remain the same because our relationship with God is the same. He hasn’t left us we have forgotten him by dwelling on our circumstances.

Look now at

1 Peter 1:3-8 he also suffered yet kept strong in faith and joy.

1 Peter 1:7 your faith is more precious than gold.

Do you have Joy?

Do you have a relationship with the Lord?

I do ! I know God changed me years ago and I know no matter what I face his love for me is the same and my love for him is the change.

If you would like to have a relationship with the Lord


Jesus I want to have a relationship with you , come into my heart and guide me through the hard times as well as the good . I want you as my lord and savior.

Forgive me of my sins and help me to be better.

If you said this prayer you are now born again.

Seek out a good bible based church.And start reading the word of god. Go into nature look at the wonders God created you can always feel his love when in nature . For me I get a peace a calmness as I look in awe at the amazing world we have. The trees, the sun, sky , clouds,flowers.

Listen to your footsteps as you walk or if in a wheelchair listen to the air.

If you are blind hear the beauty if your deaf see the beauty if you are both feel the beauty. It’s all around us. Feel the joy of the presence of God in our life.

May you have a blessed and joyous day.

photo take by me @ Millcreek Park at Newport Lake.

October 2018

There are 2 Ministers I just love to listen to

Rev.Charles Stanley


Rev. David Jeremiah

Posted in Awareness, Blessed, Faith, God, Grateful, Gratitude

~My Tools For Life~

Tools for Life

Living by Faith When Your Body Hurts or When You Are Stressed To The Max

When we have chronic stress it can bring on chronic illness and also make our pain worse.

The pain people feel with chronic conditions or chronic pain can make us feel isolated and sometimes helpless, especially if its cause is an illness or physical condition for which there’s no cure or really any effective medical treatment. Chronic stress also can be debilitating.

It seems that in times of despair, that’s when we have to keep finding ways to nurture our spirit, to help us not only cope with the pain, and worry but also discover moments of peace and at times grace so it can allow us to move us through and beyond the helplessness and hopelessness we may feel.

Here are a few life tools that can help you get started toward more peace in spite of and in the midst of pain , worry and stress.

1. We have to just breathe

The act of breathing is not only a physical process, but it can also be a tool to cope with pain and worry .

Go to a quiet place, breathe in slowly and deeply, then let the breath out, expelling stress and pain with it. You will feel the sharpness of the pain start to subside as relaxation and calmness move in its place.

I have used this for physical pain, emotional pain. I do this as I pray.

I give it all to God .

I do think for a few breaths in and out and then I just sit in quiet and thank God for helping me , removing any pain or worry I may have.

2. Place some music

Put on your favorite piece of music – instrumental or vocal – sit back, and close your eyes. Let the music carry you away from your immediate pain to a place of calm.

3. Take a walk or go out into nature

Pain can be son isolating and make us feel alone. Enjoy the outdoors, a glance outside at a garden, a quiet moment surrounded by flowers or trees or ocean any of these things can renew our senses. It will make you see you are part of this big beautiful world God created. Be grateful.

4. Laugh more

When have you laughed your ass off? Has it been that long ago? Put in a good comedy. And it will release tension from your entire body.

5. Never give up or lose hope

Each day, there are new advances in medicine and in therapies to ease pain, inside and out. New cures are on the horizon.

In closing I don’t ever want you to pray and then as soon as your finished worry about it.

When you pray give it to God.

Allow him to work in your life.

Trust in him.

Posted in Awareness, Blessed, Grateful, Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

I’m sitting at my favorite coffee shop The Coffee Shops at Ridgewood , I drink my coffee, look outside, and smile. I have so much to be thankful for.


Positive thoughts make us all feel good. Even the simple act of smiling or laughing when you need a little boost can work wonders.

Yet we are so negative and critical  with ourselves probably more than we realize. We complain constantly and always find something wrong with something. We say were grateful but are we really?



Pay attention to your words for 1 day and see if your more positive or negative in your words and thoughts….

You can always work on yourself -becoming more positive.

I find time every day to take a moment and practice gratitude.

Maybe things aren’t perfect in your life, but we have a lot to be grateful for, just look at that flower , or the sky and clouds, your children or grandchildren’s face puppy or kitten you.

Or if you’re in pain that cozy blanket or heating pad makes you feel better.

You woke up that’s something to be grateful for.

You could begin with one-sentence in a journal entry of something you’re thankful for each day, or you might take a moment before sleep to think of one good thing—no matter how small.

Wondering why this practice might make a difference in your day to day?

Here are a few reasons why.

It reduces anxiety and stress  : By  just slowing down and  looking for  the beauty in the world, you slow down the negative thoughts that can easily take over, especially when you’re in pain. Not only will you increase your positive feelings, but you now can reduce the negative ones .

Gratitude helps us slow down and enjoy the moment right now. When you take a moment to be grateful for that salad or peach, you’re more likely to pay attention to the way tastes. Taking a moment to savor the taste of a piece of fruit or dinner and to really take note of how delicious  it is and also realizing it is nourishing  your body.



We can so easily get lost in all negative thoughts and the end result  giving us more anxieties, we live and worry about far too many things a job, health ,the future, school  we have to stop that.  Joy comes when you allow joy in. I am not saying not to care about the above things, but stop thinking the worse and be grateful for the fact you have a job, you can go to school etc…



Posted in Adrenals, Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, AtomicBlonde, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Blessed, Bone Health, Coping with Stress, Ease your Stress

Breathing and Prayer For Wellness

Are on the verge of a meltdown, your feeling an impulsive urge to yell, scream, cry,? Do you know that every time you lose your cool, you are giving away your power.  I know it’s often easier said than done But, when we react impulsively and unconsciously we become a victim of the circumstances; we become a passenger in our life rather than a driver.


When you give away your power, you become completely dependent on external circumstances to regulate your emotions. Life often becomes like a roller coaster – when things are going well, you will feel good, yet when your circumstances change, your behavior and feelings will shift.


The more emotional you feel, the less rational you’ll think Don’t try solving any problems when you’re feeling overly emotional. Distract yourself with an activity, like walking or reading, or deep breathing to help you calm down. Getting your mind off whatever is  bothering you, even for a few minutes, can help you calm down so you can think more clearly and rationally.


Learn to just…. Breathe

Anxiety, frustration and anger cause physical reactions within the body  you will experience  elevated heart rate. Shallow, upper chest breathing is part of the typical stress response. Stop and take slow, deep breaths can relax your muscles and decrease your physiological response, which in turn can decrease your emotional reactivity.

I use Dr Weil’s 4-7-8 Breathing  Dr. Weil MD 4-7-8 Breathing  after I  practiced this 2x a day after about 3 days I felt more peaceful, and after a couple weeks I felt this inner calm.

I do this even when I am not stressed, and then when I get stressed or angry I use it and it helps  calm me so much. I even use it to fall asleep, or when I am getting a medical test like an mri .

Trying to maintain complete control in everything that happens leads to increased anxiety. Efforts to manage your anxiety by trying to control everything in your environment will backfire. Attempting to control everything wastes time and mental energy.

When we are overly stressed we operate from a fight-or-flight response  your heart beats faster, your blood pressure rises, and your breathing quickens as adrenaline rushes through your body. By changing the rate, and pattern of breathing, we can change the messages being sent from the body’s respiratory system to the brain. Slow and controlled breathing can reduce the heart rate, reduce levels of stress hormones, and increase the feelings of calm and well being, bringing us back to a place that we can feel less likely to overreact.

I have Adrenal fatigue, and I was told my “fight or flight” response has been activated far too often in the past. So I am learning to relax, let go of stuff I cannot control and breathe…..I also pray I pray several times a day. I don’t ask for things I give thanks even when I am stressed, have fear, depressed, I have faith things will come to pass.

We have to learn stress will come, sometimes life is heavy and we will get over whelmed, we may get an illness, or disorder, deal\in chronic pain, or just not know how to cope in certain situations……stressing out will not solve the problem…..


EPH 1 16-21 you will get through any storm through God .

Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 I can do all things through [a]Christ who strengthens me.

Today I read

Ephesians 1 New King James Version (NKJV)


Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,

To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Redemption in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and [b]prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, [c]both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who[d] is the [e]guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your [f]understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what isthe exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality[g] and [h]power and [i]might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.







Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Blessed, Bone Health, Chronic Pain, Endocrinologist, Factor V Leiden, Hashimoto, Hypothyroidism, Inflammation, Lemon, Sunshine

Sunshine Blogger Award

I am always humbled and honored when someone nominates me for a blogger award.

Out of so many bloggers, you thought of me.

Thank you, Christine , for nominating me for the Sunshine blogger award.

Thank you for sharing your information and knowledge to the world. I hope you enjoy your retirement

Here are the rules:

• Thank blogger(s) who nominated you for the blog post and link back to their blog if possible.

• Answer the 5 questions the blogger asked you.

• Nominate 5 new blogs to receive the award and write them 5 new questions.

• List the rules and display Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or blog

1. Is it sunny where you are today? Today no it’s raining in Ohio

2. Why did you start your blog? I started blogging to bring awareness to disorders like Osteonecrosis-Osteoarthritis-Hypothyroidism-Now Hashimoto and how eating healthy can combat pain and inflammation

3. How long have you been blogging?

About 2 years but I’m still learning as I go.

4. Give us some information on your platform. I wrote about my health challenges and how I am changing how I eat to feel better.

5. What food reminds you of sunshine? Anything made with lemons.

Posted in Baking, Blessed, Delicious, Desserts

Cream Filled Pizzelles

Cream filled pizzelles.

I ate these for the first time about 5 years ago.

I used to buy them off a woman who sold them to Catullos in Boardman, Ohio.

Something happened after a couple years as I went to buy them : and she hadn’t brought any.

So I had to learn to make them.

Thanks to my mother in law who taught me how to make pizzelle batter.


Let’s start baking!

6 eggs

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 cup butter melted, (2 sticks)

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese softened

1/2 – 3/4 can condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

8 oz container Cool Whip or 8 oz of whipped cream

Whisk the eggs and the sugar until pale yellow, thick and frothy.
Add the melted and cooled butter and vanilla. Mix to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together. Add to the batter. Mix to combine. Heat the pizzelle press until it’s hot.
Using two small spoons, place about a Tablespoon of batter slightly behind the center of each pizzelle design. The batter will spread forward as it bakes. Bake for a few minutes, just until the pizzelles are slightly golden. Working quickly, wrap the hot pizzelles around a clean marker. You won’t be able to shape them into a cylinder if they cool even a little bit, so work really fast. You don’t need to use a marker, but it’s easier for me that way. Repeat will all the batter.
Meanwhile, to make the filling, using a paddle attachment on a standing mixer or using a hand mixer, cream the cream cheese and condensed milk until the mixture is smooth. Add the vanilla.
Fold in the Cool Whip or whip up some cream in a separate bowl and fold into the cream cheese.
Fill a piping bag with the filling and fill the pizzelles.
Cream for Filled Pizzelles

Serves: 48 to 52 cookies

6 eggs

1½ cup sugar

1 cup butter melted, (2 sticks)

2 teaspoons vanilla

2½ cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese softened

½ – ¾ can condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

8 oz container Cool Whip or 8 oz of whipped cream


Whisk the eggs and the sugar until pale yellow, thick and frothy.

Add the melted and cooled butter and vanilla. Mix to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together. Add to the batter. Mix to combine.

Heat the pizzelle press until it’s hot. Using two small spoons, place about a Tablespoon of batter slightly behind the center of each pizzelle design. The batter will spread forward as it bakes. Bake for a few minutes, just until the pizzelles are slightly golden.

Working quickly, wrap the hot pizzelles around a clean marker. You won’t be able to shape them into a cylinder if they cool even a little bit, so work really fast. You don’t need to use a marker, but it’s easier for me that way. Repeat will all the batter.

Meanwhile, to make the filling, using a paddle attachment on a standing mixer or using a hand mixer, cream the cream cheese and condensed milk until the mixture is smooth.

Add the vanilla. Fold in the Cool Whip or whip up some cream in a separate bowl and fold into the cream cheese.

Fill a piping bag with the filling and fill them.

You can freeze them if wrapped and packed in freezer bags for us to 3 months.

Posted in Ahlbacks Disease, Arthritis, Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Blessed, Bone Health, Cardiovascular, osteoarthritis, Osteonecrosis, spondylolisthesis, Thyroid, Uncategorized, Weather, WegoHealth

Reasons Why The Cold Weather Can Affect Your Body

As we finally approach the end of winter the pain has probably began to increase in regards to spondylolisthesis, or any other bone or joint problem.

I have been blessed to have several bone issues.

Bone pain is always worse in winter and long rainy cool spells.

This may just be some odd coincidence, but I believe there are a few possible factors for this increase in the cold months.

Pay attention to the following reasons and see if you also have experienced any of them.

If you have or if you do feel an increase of pain with the cold weather, try to make a few adjustments to combat the following possibilites.

1. Cold weather leads to lazziness.

For me personally, when I sit around more often than not I get extremely tight in the hips and low back area.  I lose stability and strength in areas that are crucial for maintaining good health and providing relief for my low back.

I don’t always want to be active because besides having spondylolisthesis, which alone is so painful I have osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis.

I guess it’s the universes way of saying hey Deb your bones are jacked!

When the temperature drops, those outdoor activities disappear and unfortunately they are replaced by lots more sitting.  Sitting is not good. Our bodies were not meant to sit. Especially if it’s hours at a time.

Daily walks long or short are replaced by computer activities. 

Many other outdoor activities are replaced by sitting and watching them on TV. 


I try to stay active as much as possible considering I have several bone issue challenges

Trips to indoor malls , the library, or bookstore , museum Instead of sitting is best.

I haven’t been able to do my favorite outdoor activity hiking since I was diagnosed with osteonecrosis in my knee 4 years ago and I miss it terribly. I hope someday I can get back to it. I have faith.

One of the main things I do is to stay disciplined with my daily workouts well I call them workouts.

I stay as conscientious as I can of how much I sit and try hard to not sit for long periods of time.

Yes there’s days I do but mostly I don’t.

When I work on the computer, I try to get up every 15 minutes or so even if it only involves a quick hip stretch or movement.

No matter how cold it gets outside, I try to stay as active as I can by replacing old outdoor activities with new indoor activities that involve movement.

This has really helped me to avoid cold weather setbacks with my back and often my knee. But don’t get me wrong I still will get some bad days it’s just not everyday or all day.

The worst is when we have long days of extreme cold or that dreaded all day rain that chills you, the back hurts the knee hurts and the entire body hurts .

Sometimes it’s exhausting.

But I try to keep somewhat busy.

Thank goodness for my recumbent bike.

Some days I just do a mile 1-2x a day and that’s ok. Other days I do 3 miles 1-2 x a day.

2. Cold weather can lead to poor eating habits.

Just like in the first example, when you sit around more and become lazy you usually begin to eat poorly. 

Often times shear boredom leads to bad eating habits. That bag of chips or chocolate cake that you usually would ignore in the summer begins to work its way back into your diet.

The cold weather months typically cause people to put on a few more pounds. 

I haven’t put on weight but I can never seem to lose it no matter what I do……thanks hypothyroidism

For many holidays do not help either.  Large amounts of sitting around and eating during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are often to blame for excess pounds.

This leads to a snowball effect of being lazy.  You sit around more which creates the sense of boredom. 

Many people replace being bored with the feeling of hunger , I used to do that.

You then overeat causing the body to feel lethargic and lazy and the cycle continues.

Before you know it you plow through a box of cookies and a bowl of ice cream while you sit and watch six hours of re-runs of your favorite TV show.

Talk about creating a perfect storm!

The entire body then becomes inflamed at least for me it did.

So I changed

I stopped most not all of the processed snacks.

I started eating more plant based but I am not a vegan as I do have fish or chicken 1x a week and eggs a couple times a week.

My pain level dropped a lot but I feel healthier still waiting for the weight to fall off.

The sitting and excess weight reduces the ability to move properly which could create instability, weakness and eventually painful spondylolisthesis episodes.

These habits take the place of the activities you are used to in the warmer months wher you spend more time being active and not thinking about food.


I tend to fight this cycle by paying close attention to what I eat and I’m learning to drink-extra water.  I find that providing my body with plenty of water helps to fight those boring food craves. 

This in combination with staying active helps to keep away the extra cold weather added pounds but more important the inflammation that throws pain scale off the chart.

3.Cold weather makes working out and exercising much harder.

I find that when the weather drops workouts tend to become much harder.

Those quick trips to the park or walk in the plaza get harder when you have to scrape ice off of your car for fifteen minutes. It’s a pain to put on 2 layers of clothing just to stay warm on your way to the store really sucks.

My daily workouts are crucial to staying pain free. Without them my body gets weak, tight and doesn’t move the way it should. IPain is quick to follow.

Mentally I do not let myself get down or lazy. If the temperature is freezing outside I stay in and ride the bike more do gentle stretches.

More often than not if I feel like skipping a workout and I just tell myself to replace the workout with a good warm-up and stretch, I get through the stretch and I am suddenly motivated to workout. That workout that I wanted to skip then turns into a great stretch and workout.

I just know when I have pain or have no pain I feel better when I am moving . I can’t do many things I used to but I can learn new ways.

I have noticed that when we stay mindful and not become stagnant in my life i feel better.

And for that

I am grateful

Here’s some stretches I do to help my spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis Exercise

How I get the kinks out

Shoulders and Back

Hmmm love these guys.

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