The Courage No One Sees

They say courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes it’s soundless, invisible even. If we listen carefully though, everyone is battling something. And I know now, to never take for granted the struggles some people face, even when I can’t see them. For many years, I lived with what people would call an “invisible illness.” In the … More The Courage No One Sees

Suffering Well

Ian MacLaren, a noted Scotsman, once said these wise words of counsel, “Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.” I think back to a time when I was going through a lot of suffering. It was a point in my life when I wanted to do so much, but I didn’t have enough strength to tie … More Suffering Well

On Being Misunderstood

  All my life, for better or worse, I have been quietly paralyzed by this question, “How will they see me?” But then seven years ago, when I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme, I could hardly look at myself in the mirror. I didn’t want to face the world. Because I was now beset with this mostly invisible, … More On Being Misunderstood

Losing Normal

On the outside I look like any normal mom as I pick up my kids from school or sit on the bleachers cheering on my son, but I always feel some level of symptoms. They no longer disable me, most days. But can I live the way I used to? No, not really. I live differently. I make … More Losing Normal