Talking to Your Doctor: Is It Really Love?

Being able to communicate with your doctor is important, that’s for sure. A collegial, friendly relationship enhances trust.  And when you and your doctor trust each other, you are more likely to be open and honest in your communication.  That’s all good.  But is it love? And if you do love your doctor, are there times…

Being Okay With Life’s GPS

There is a lot to be said for being aware of where we are in life. That doesn’t mean we always like where we are, that’s for sure.  I don’t think anyone is more aware of life’s GPS than those of us who are living with a chronic condition. The ups, the downs, the responsibilities,…

You and Your Thoughts. Who’s in Charge?

Welcome to the human mind. Those thoughts keep coming at us.  Some we dismiss, others we grab onto and go for the ride.  And what a ride that can be!  So a question. What thoughts are you grabbing onto and going for the ride?  And where are they taking you?  Someplace good or someplace not so…

Advocating for yourself? What does that mean?

Are you aware of the formal definition of advocate? Dictionary.com defines an advocate as a person who “speaks or writes in support or defense of a person or a cause.”  In my mind, that definition pretty much covers the water in terms of the examples of advocacy that I provided. What I would say is…

So… Time to Break that Bad Habit?

Nobody’s perfect. And our bad habits are certainly proof of our imperfection.  Now how do we get rid of them?  What makes a habit hard to break is that habits do their job! They get us through those stressful times.  They fill up time when we don’t know what else to do.  The problem is…

What Does it Mean to be Confident?

It’s no secret that living with a chronic condition can take a hit on your confidence. Having to make major life changes, changes that you didn’t choose to make, is a reminder that life is uncertain.  Humans want to know and to be in control.  A chronic condition can mean having good days and bad…

This Holiday Season, I Hope I Don’t…

I am hearing a lot of talk about the upcoming holidays, and I suspect you are too. And I can’t help but notice how often the words “I hope I don’t” pop up in these discussions.  I certainly understand that the holidays can be challenging. And it makes a lot of sense to want to…

Twenty Years from Now. What’s Most Important?

I just posted an article that might help you to maintain your perspective.  Here’s a link: http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/twenty-years-from-now-whats-most-important/  I think that my past has taught me what’s really important in my life. And being aware of what’s important has made it a whole lot easier to stay focused on the big picture, and to not let…

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Had a mean thought pop into your head lately? Out minds can bring us all kinds of thoughts, some of them not so kind. But that doesn’t mean you’re an unkind person.  Here’s what to do the next time you get a mean thought:     http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/mean-thoughts-heres-what-you-can-do/

Multitasking Isn’t Helping You. Here’s What to Do Instead

We live in a culture that values multitasking.  But it’s not the best way to live.  It can lead to fatigue and stress, especially if you are living with a chronic condition.  Check out my article on multitasking and learn what you can do to curb the desire to multitask. http://justgotdiagnosed.com/resources/multitasking-isnt-helping-you-heres-what-to-do-instead/