Namaste © 2012 Jane Waterman
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Beginning with Chronic Illness

I feel like I’ve waited my whole life to begin. In my young life, there were smaller obstacles: a lack of confidence and encouraging remarks, as well as the feeling of being different and sensitive in a noisy, overwhelming world. In my twenties, there came other challenges like physical and mental illness.

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In back, Jane and Mrs Blackbird; in front, Annette and her husband.
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Gifts

Even as my world shrank over the years, it was enriched in many ways through the social networks I developed online. The impact of those social networks on my quality of life cannot be understated. Indeed, it was in one of my first online groups in 1997 that I met

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Chronic Illness and Acceptance

One of the most difficult things I have encountered recently is not the challenges caused by life situations, or the challenges associated with health problems. The challenges that rock my world are more fundamental ones: ones that don’t require a chronic illness to understand, but ones that may be part

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Garden of Time © 2003 Jane Waterman
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To My Future Self

I’m taking part in WEGO Health’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge Day 6 #HAWMC – Write a letter to an older you (tell us what age you’re writing to!). What do you want to ask yourself? What lesson do you want to make sure you remember? I’m writing to my

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Spring © 2011 Jane Waterman
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Moments of Joy

Day 23 – What’s something your doctor taught you or you taught your doctor? The, dare I say it, positive experiences I have with medical doctors (MDs) could probably fit on a very small piece of paper, so as I was trolling around my brain on a different topic altogether,

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Hanging Gardens © 2003 Jane Waterman
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Unexpected Growth Through Invisible Illness

Day 22 – Write about change In a recent post, I talked about invisible illness and the process of subtraction: how illness whittles away at one’s health, work life, family, relationships/connections, and more. However, not all changes related to invisible illness are bad. I’m going to highlight some of the

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Stained Glass © 2010 Jane Waterman
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Care Package for People with Sjogren’s and Depression

Day 9 – Community Care Package. Create the perfect care package for your members or fellow patients. Note: A Sjoggie is a person with Sjogren’s syndrome. A care package is all about comforting. Happily, there are a lot of things on this list that will comfort both people with depression

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The Jade Forest © 2011 Jane Waterman
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Inspired

Day 5 – Write a #ListOf3 things that you’re thankful for/excited about/inspired by How do you sum up the magic of life in “3 things”? I’m thankful for my soul mate, heart family and friends, beagles, healers, mentors, sensitivity, forgiveness, second chances, healing and growth. I’m excited about creating words

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Bleeding Heart © 2012 Jane Waterman
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On Blogging – From Catharsis to Hope

I once heard it said that catharsis, on its own, does not lead to relief from our sufferings. I don’t think I truly understood that statement until last night. In the small hours yesterday, I took the opportunity to blog anonymously on a writing prompt related to something difficult, and

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Reaching Out © 2012 Jane Waterman
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Reaching Out

These words are sent out into the world with love and compassion. I dedicate them to my wife and daughters. You are good enough, strong enough and beautiful enough. That doesn’t mean you can’t be tired, scared and vulnerable too. Those feelings are all a part of us. Don’t selectively

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