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Domestic Violence Awareness – Power and Control Break Free From Abuse

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month today we learn about Power and Control

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used to gain or maintain power and control. At The Hotline, our frame of reference for describing abuse is the Power and Control Wheel developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, MN. In the diagram below, the Power and Control Wheel assumes she/her pronouns for the victim and he/him pronouns for the perpetrator, but the abusive behavior that it details can happen to people of any gender or sexuality.

The wheel serves as a diagram of tactics that an abusive partner uses to keep their victims in a relationship. The inside of the wheel is made up of subtle, continual behaviors over time, while the outer ring represents physical and sexual violence. Abusive actions like those depicted in the outer ring often reinforce the regular use of other, more subtle methods found in the inner ring.

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Happiness In Daily Meditation

If there is one thing common in all of us, it is the urge to be happy and have and enjoy a satisfied in life. Whether a crying baby, an insecure teenager, or a responsible family person, we all seek something that would comfort us especially when under stress.

But the question is: Are we looking for happiness in the right place?

A partner, a new home,car, fame,vacation, money, jewelry material things are nice but the won’t make you “happy”

It’s a quick fix that doesn’t last long.

Cars break down, Bills roll along and there goes the money, that dream vacation seemed like a lifetime ago.

The real source of happiness lies in the clarity of our thoughts.

External factors can only be pleasurable as long as we are happy from the inside.

According to Buddha, meditation trains the mind to “not dwell in the past or contemplate about the future.” It lets the mind settle in the ‘now’ and allows us to see the beauty of the present. Before you read on, here is a link to a 3 minute exercise to try.

It is a science-based, comprehensive exercises will not only help you cultivate a sense of inner peace throughout your daily life but will also give you the tools to enhance the mindfulness of your clients, students or employees.

mindfulness-exercises

You can download their free PDF here

Meditation establishes a secure connection between our internal and external worlds.

It awakens the body and benefits all aspects of the conscious and subconscious layers of the mind.

Out of the numerous perks that meditation gives, a few are listed below.

More Fitness

More Focus

More Happiness

More Peace

More Clarity

More Immunity and so many more benefits

To read more click on provided link PositivePsychology

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What Really Helps Arthritis

If you’re asking yourself- what can help my arthritis, I will try to clear up a few of the most popular misconceptions for you.

Here’s are a list of the most common questions about Arthritis and the facts about what can help arthritis pain.

1. Fact or Fiction? There is no cure for arthritis

True. There is no cure for arthritis; however, the discomfort and pain can be managed through medication, heat, splints, braces, adaptive devices and learning new ways to accomplish everyday tasks and activities.

2. Fact or Fiction? The weather makes a difference in how my joints feel

Fact. There’s a reason people move to Arizona. Dry, warm weather reduces joint pain. When the humidity is high and barometric pressure is low, particularly just before a storm, if you have arthritis you may feel increased pain or stiffness. If you live in a hot, humid climate, a dehumidifier in your home can help.  Most air conditioning systems also help reduce humidity, run it during the day and even overnight to help you sleep comfortably.

3. Fact or Fiction? My diet makes a difference in my arthritis symptoms and how I feel

Fact. Excess weight puts more stress on your joints. Keeping your weight in check helps protect them. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and a mix of grains and proteins makes good sense for everyone.

4. Fact or Fiction? I can’t exercise because I have arthritis

Fiction. Movement, including gently stretching, is important to increase strength and flexibility. Exercising also reduces the pain and stiffness in your joints. I love my recumbent bike.

You just have to think about how you work out. If running aggravates the arthritis in your knees and makes them ache, switch to a less intense and less weight-bearing exercise like swimming, biking or yoga.

Always consult with your health care provider before starting an exercise program.

5. Fact or Fiction? Nothing will reduce the pain of my arthritis

Fiction. Heat, ice, prescription and non-prescription medicines, topical ointments and splints can all help alleviate the pain and swelling associated with arthritis.

Cold and heat can both help when dealing with arthritis pain. Using heat in the morning relaxes muscles and reduces stiffness.

Using ice at night lessens joint inflammation for most people.

I personally like the heat from thermacare heat wraps. My joints just don’t tolerate cold.

Over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs can also be very beneficial in helping to control arthritis pain.

Non-prescription medications, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen, help control pain and swelling. But everyone can’t take them. Example you cannot take NSAIDS if you have had bariatric surgery. So always talk to your doctor.

Prescription medications, like COX-2 inhibitors, anti-TNF compounds, steroids, and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) help reduce swelling and pain and can prevent further damage. However steroids are known to cause Avascular Necrosis- Osteonecrosis

Speak with your health care provider or pharmacist to make sure you are taking the right medication, even nonprescription drugs can be harmful or ineffective if you are not taking them correctly or if they may cause an interaction with your other medications

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Giving Tuesday

Today is GIVING TUESDAY and I want everyone to research a charity before just giving to one.

Some charities no longer seem to be running.

Example

The NONF – which I used to donate and be a member of

Since 2017 they haven’t filed a tax return so they are no longer active

So I won’t give there until they are active again.

So I now donate to

AF (Arthritis foundation) on occasion

St.Judes Children’s Hospital and

Shriners Hospital

Local Battered women’s shelter

Local rescue mission

To search for a charity in USA look it up here.

Type in a specific name or a partial name like Avascular Necrosis and Osteonecrosis and many will pull up but you will see many if not all are no longer available to donate to.

Look them up via irs or attorney general web sites.

Watch out for charities on social media – not all may be legit.

https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

We have made it through Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sofa Sunday Cyber Monday.

Today is the day to giveback!

Do a good deed

Donate to a cause or charity

But be a smart giver – Do your homework! Font get scammed

Make sure all websites you may want to donate to are secure and legit. https://

https is a must

Look out for fake charities posing as the real deal.

Example the United Way is legit but United Ways mmm nope. etc.

Watch out for social media requests

Giving Tuesday

Created in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y (a New York City cultural center), #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy.

According to the official Giving Tuesday website, it has over 30,000 partners in 68 different countries, and since its inception it has generated and estimated 470% increase in online donations on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

The Giving Tuesday Ask

Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more.

Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. “Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

Celebrate Giving Tuesday

There are a number of official online and offline Giving Tuesday events scheduled, and you can join any one (or more!) of them.

Supporting a cause (or causes), can take many forms. It can of course mean cash gifts to organizations in your community, or in your marketspace.

Donations can also be goods and services, including excess inventory or business equipment and supplies.

You or your company can band together to collect donations of goods (like toys over Christmas, or canned goods for a food bank) for a local charity or shelter.

As an individual you can do many things if you don’t have the money, but note even 1 dollar can go a long way at a food bank.

Donate Time many don’t have money to donate and that’s ok. Donate your time instead. Help out at a food bank .

Volunteer in the Hospital be a baby cuddler

Serve food at a mission

Sit with a hospice patient so their family can have a break

Visit a nursing care facility

Volunteer doing something you love

If your a retired teacher help a struggling student.

Donate kindness – lord knows we have a kindness deficit -so many people today are so quick to throw shade and hate- Choose kindness

Be kinder to co-workers

Be kinder to the elderly

Hold open a door

Say please and thank you

Be a better human being

What ever you do give from your heart

Happy Giving Tuesday

Posted in Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Government, Mayor, Ohio, Osteonecrosis, Senator, Youngstown Ohio

Official Proclamation Avascular Necrosis -Osteonecrosis Awareness Day is November 29,2019 and every year after.

Finally Avascular Necrosis-Osteonecrosis has an official awareness date.

The date is November 29

I have been working on proclamations for several months and I am in the process of getting the awareness day Nationally recognized as well.

I have been advocating for over 5 years on Avascular Necrosis -Osteonecrosis and I am proud and grateful that our elected officials are also recognizing this awareness day.

What is a proclamation?

A proclamation is a formal way to make a public announcement or declaration. Government officials, such as mayors and state legislators, often issue proclamations to announce upcoming events or celebrations or to increase public awareness of particular issues.

I am proud to say I was issued a proclamation by my local Mayor of Youngstown Ohio

And also by Senator Michael Rulli of Ohio.

I have heard from Washington DC and it’s a longer procedure but it’s being looked at.

Right Now AVN-ON falls under the rare disease / disorder category.

In the United States, a rare disease is defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. This definition was created by Congress in the Orphan Drug Act of 1983. Rare diseases became known as orphan diseases because drug companies were not interested in adopting them to develop treatment

Well I am hoping that now that AVN is getting recognition we can get more research to help all of us that are dealing with this painful condition.

Thank you to

Senator Michael Rulli -Ohio

and

Mayor Jamal Tito Brown – Youngstown Ohio

For helping us who suffer finally get the awareness day we deserve

God Bless You and Thank You.

Posted in Avascular Necrosis, Awareness, Osteonecrosis

Could use your assistance

I need you to help me get to my goal

Link For Petition2Congress To Make October Osteonecrosis Awareness Month

I have started a petition to get the rare disease Osteonecrosis recognized by asking for an awareness month week or day. If they won’t allow a month.

I could use as many supporters as possible to help me and share this.

No money at all is needed.

I hope you will help me raise awareness

Take Action: We Need Osteonecrosis Awareness To Have The Month Of October to Recognized & raise awareness #Osteonecrosis #AvascularNecrosis please help and sign and share

Link Petition2Congress For Awareness Month Request – Osteonecrosis

Or copy and paste

https://www.petition2congress.com/ctas/osteonecrosis-awareness-month-october

To President Donald Trump, The U.S. House and The U.S. Senate
We, the patients of a rare disease called Osteonecrosis respectfully ask the United States of America in this petition to the US Congress to pass legislation to establish and recognize October as Osteonecrosis Awareness Month in the United States. 
The people of the United States are called upon to observe the month of October with appropriate educational and awareness opportunities, and recognition.
With hundreds of thousands of US residents suffering from this disease and more being diagnosed everyday , there is a need for this community to have an active voice and recognition. 
It is happening in all age groups from child to elderly

Osteonecrosis, also known as Avascular necrosis (AVN), aseptic necrosis or ischemic bone necrosis, is a disease resulting in the death of bone cells. If the process involves the bones near a joint, it often leads to collapse of the joint surface and subsequent debilitating often crippling arthritis due to an irregular joint surface. 

Although it can happen in any bone, osteonecrosis most commonly affects the ends (epiphysis) of long bones such as the femur (thigh bone). Commonly involved bones are the upper femur (ball part of the hip socket) the lower femur (a part of the knee joint), the upper humerus (upper arm bone involving the shoulder joint), and the bones of ankle joint. The disease may affect just one bone, more than one bone at the same time, or more than one bone at different times.  
Osteonecrosis can cause severe pain and disability. Early diagnosis and early treatment may improve the outcome.
Osteonecrosis may result from use of glucocorticoid (sometimes called corticosteroid) medicine or from drinking too much alcohol but there are many causes and also some that are unknown.
Though osteonecrosis can occur in almost any bone of the body, the hips, knees,ankle and shoulders are the most common sites affected.
The cause and treatment for osteonecrosis of the jaw differs from that for osteonecrosis found elsewhere.

The most common causes of osteonecrosis are:

Serious trauma to bone or joint (injury), which interrupts a bone’s blood supply
Corticosteroid medications (such as prednisone, cortisone or methylprednisolone), mainly when a high dose is used for a prolonged period of time
Excess alcohol consumption
Systemic lupus erythematosus

Other risk factors for osteonecrosis include:
Decompression disease (also called the “Bends” that can occur with scuba diving)
Blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) and lupus anticoagulant, factor v leiden, and others
HIV infection (the virus that causes AIDS)
Radiation and Chemotherapy
Bisphosphonates, which may be linked to osteonecrosis of the jaw
Organ transplants

Osteonecrosis is not life-threatening, but it is debilitating and hurts our quality of life. Although it isn’t well-known and its exact cause is unknown, AVN-ON affects 10,000-to-20,000 Americans annually. Between 30 and 60 percent of patients will experience AVN-ON bi-laterally, which means both sides so if one hip or knee has it most likely so will the other.

Please help those of us that suffer from this condition by creating more research , funding studies and allowing us the recognition, as only through education, research and awareness can we get better treatment options, earlier diagnosis and hopefully prevention. 

Thank You

Posted in Awareness, Goals

Goals Over Resolutions

So it’s a New Year : Happy 2019

I stopped making resolutions and I now aim for New Years goals

Why goals?

That’s pretty simple – because goals are more specific, whereas resolutions tend to be vague.

Goals are much more actionable, which is what makes them more effective for me.

How can you turn your New Year’s resolutions into goals?

Get clear on what you want to accomplish, why it’s important, and how you will make it happen.

Take something broad such as making more money in the next year and break it down.

How are you going to make more money? Will that be getting a promotion, changing jobs, or starting a side business?

What steps do you need to take? If you’re looking to change jobs, then you’ll need to start networking, update your resume,

Or if you want to lose weight.

And break it down, what will I do to lose weight.

Change your diet

Exercise 3-4 days a week

Get specific

You can improve your odds of successful resolution completion, however, by implementing a few simple tricks:

• Make goals small but specific . Instead of saying you want to lose 25-50 or however many pounds, aim to exercise three to four days a week for the next 30 days.

• You’ll be achieving the same goal (losing weight) but you’ll be framing it in a way that makes it seem more manageable. This will ensure you don’t become so overwhelmed and intimidated that you quit before you’ve had the chance to start.

• Set short-term objectives. If your New Years Resolution is to eat healthy, instead of telling yourself “I’m not going to eat junk food for the next three months”, tell yourself “I’m not going to eat junk food for the next week”. Breaking up a large goal into smaller chunks will give you the sense of accomplishment you’ll need in order to stay motivated enough to see your goals through to completion.

• Or I’m going to start adding more healthy food choices into my daily meals.

• Get a “goal buddy” You’ll be far more likely to achieve your objectives if you have a friend by your side to encourage you to stay persistent.

• If you don’t have a goal buddy I’ll be your goal buddy.

Even with these tips, however, New Years Resolutions and Goals can still be a challenge, especially for chronic pain sufferers.

Finding a healthy way to effectively deal with pain can be difficult when you’re still struggling to accomplish every day activities like getting out of bed or walking to the mailbox.

Nevertheless, if you start small and stay realistic, you’ll be able to make real strides towards becoming healthier and happier. Here are four resolutions to get you started.

Goals

Walk at least three times a week

Research suggests that light to moderate exercise helps with chronic pain because it lessens inflammation and promotes healing by pumping oxygenized blood to injured areas of the body. It also strengthens muscles, which can become weak and stiff when underused.

By building muscle strength through low-impact workouts, you’re helping to reduce and prevent the painful side effects of inactivity side effects that often exasperate the symptoms of chronic pain.

While any form of regular exercise can help, walking makes for an ideal New Years Goal

because it’s simple and doesn’t require fancy equipment or expensive gym memberships.

All you need is a comfortable pair of walking shoes (and a dog, child or friend to keep you company) and you’re set!

How long and how far you walk will depend on your level of ability and comfort, but if a jaunt around the block sounds intimidating, you can start by incorporating more walking into your every-day routine.

Next time you go grocery shopping, for example, deliberately park a little ways away from the main entrance so that you’ll be forced to journey on foot more than you would normally.

Or use your lunch break at work to take a short walk around the building.

For those experiencing more intense pain, walking on a padded treadmill can help, as can walking in a swimming pool or riding a recumbent bike Once regular exercise has become part of your routine, you can begin working on other aspects of physical fitness.

2. Meditate for 7 minutes every day

Though it may seem too simple, meditation is one of the most powerful tools available when it comes fighting chronic pain.

Sitting quietly for a few minutes every day can help because it refocuses your thoughts away from the pain and onto your breathing.

Over time, this can lead to a reduction in the intensity of the pain.

Meditation also helps to eliminate stress and increase happiness levels, both of which can affect your perception of pain.

If you’re new to mediation, i recommend starting with 7 minutes per day. If you can meditate longer, that’s great, but the most important thing is that you commit to doing it every day.

The process is simple; sit in a quiet place, close your eyes and focus on the feeling of the air entering and leaving your body as you inhale and exhale.

3. Write in your Gratitude Journal every evening

Make 2019 the year you start a “Gratitude Journal”.

The concept of a Gratitude Journal is straightforward: Before you go to sleep each night, write down three things that happened that day that made you happy and then write down the reasons why.

Research has found that doing this every day will lower your stress levels and make you feel calmer.

Feeling calm and relaxed at night will help you sleep better, which can also help to decrease pain levels.

Plus, focusing your thoughts and mental energies on the positive aspects of your life will keep you from dwelling on anything negative.

4. Eat one anti-inflammatory food each day

Foods like broccoli, blueberries, salmon and green leafy vegetables help to reduce one of the major causes of chronic pain: muscle and joint inflammation.

While it would be ideal if every meal included several food items with inflammation-fighting properties, a more realistic goal is to start small.

Focus on eating one healthy, anti-inflammatory fruit or veggie per day and then you can increase from there.

Set yourself up for success and not failure

Wishing you a happy healthy prosperous new year.

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The Holiday’s Remembering Self Care.

Holidays I love them and kind of dread them.

My family is in a different state so it gets more lonely.

I miss seeing them open their gifts, I also miss cooking for a crowd. But I have chronic bone pain from Osteonecrosis,Osteoarthritis, Spondylolisthesis and Hashimoto.

And I know that holidays can be so overwhelming for so many.

Here is my checklist to plan your self-care routine so that you can enjoy the upcoming holidays and hopefully not be frazzled and in pain.

1. Make time for yourself.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed during the holiday.

Even if you are out of town visiting family or friends make it a point to have some alone time to just relax and breathe.

If you can afford one maybe consider a massage, or if you’re able to see about attending a local yoga studio . You can also contact the local library because they often offer many things for free.

2. Breathe .

The holiday season ,can trigger all kinds of anxiety, people pulling and tugging at the same item you want, traffic jams,crowds in the malls ,people who forget to drive in the winter weather.

And just spending a few minutes breathing will give you a good dose of stress relief.

Put you arms up and out near your side , palms up count to four as you inhale, and raise your arms so that your palms are at eye level as you count to four.

Now turn your palms down and exhale for a count of 4 and lower your arms back to the beginning space. Hear yourself exhale.

Do this a few times and you will feel yourself relax.

Another one is breathe in for a count of 4 hold it for a count of 4 and exhale for a count of 4.

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3. Be mindful about drug and alcohol use.

Sometimes the holidays are filled with parties, which sometimes also means alcohol or drugs will be around. You may feel tempted to use drugs and alcohol cz your friends do or you think it will take the edge off.

It doesn’t.

If your going to drink set a limit say at 2 drinks.

Never your drink alone. There are some crazy ass people out there who will try to slip you something. Trust no one with your drink.

Also never drink and drive , don’t drink buzzed either. and always wear your seatbelt.

It’s best to just pay for a taxi or Uber.

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4.Some family members can be a stressor, you know that uncle who drinks way to much knocks over the tree or that other relative who just won’t shut up about politics

Take care of yourself during difficult interactions with family.

The holidays mean we’re often in places with people who you may not see the rest of the year.

5.Make room for grieving loved ones who have passed. It’s normal to miss them. Talking about some good memories often helps.

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Be kind to yourself don’t worry if you cannot do it all, it’s ok.

You have a lot going on balancing maybe doctors, work, school pain, family , holiday prep all the above .

Don’t be to hard on your self and be kind to others because we are all dealing with something and holidays aren’t always easy especially while having a chronic condition

And others …. well they could be hurting also in some way.

May you have many blessings ! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

❤️

Posted in Blessed, Grateful, Thanksgiving

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.

Gratitude

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.

Everyday.

Thanksgiving

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.

Work

School

Politics

Neighbors

Family

Health

Pray

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

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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:

LEAF PEOPLE
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.

BRANCH PEOPLE
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.

ROOT PEOPLE
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?

THANK GOD FOR THE ROOTS!

~ 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 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 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.

Now

Let’s start baking!
INGREDIENTS

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
INSTRUCTIONS

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
Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.