Monthly Archives: October 2015

#CTST – EARLY DISABILITY RETIREMENT

Hey everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

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This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

With all things being relative, it’s been another good week for me. 🙂

I am considered officially in Early Disability Retirement from the State of NJ, where I held my civil service EMT job. It’s good in the sense that I will receive pension income in addition to my SSDI. My ultimate goal is to recover to the point where I can go back to meaningful full-time employment. Seeing the word RETIRED stirs up conflicting emotions. For now I’ll stick with grateful. I could use the income. Grateful, grateful, grateful.

I’ve been making decent headway as far as discarding unnecessary clutter (old magazines, junk mail, etc.) and giving my daughter some useful EMS gear that I won’t be needing – bought new before I got sick. I imagine her strutting around with her new radio holder and neon traffic vest. Awww…

Reading and writing out reviews have taken up a good portion of time. My social media presence is slowly improving as well.

My pain levels have been stable except on some of the rainier days, but they haven’t been intolerable. I’ll take it. It’s been worse.

Most important of all, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! Yeah, Baby!!

What have you celebrated this week? 

 

 

 

WORLD STROKE DAY

Today is World Stroke Day, so I thought it would be appropriate to post information that would be helpful to those who aren’t aware of some of the statistics regarding strokes. In addition to posting an infographic, I’m adding a FAST music video that’s about a minute and a half long, and explains what to do in case the signs of #stroke are present.

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Click on the Infographic for more info!

Here is the video:

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Finally, Take the World Stroke Day Pledge to End Stroke HERE. You can help raise awareness by sharing FAST videos, infographics, tweeting about prevention, and making a difference.

Until next post … HUGS!

 

#CTST – FEELING BETTER AND WINNINGS

Hey everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

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Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

It’s been a good couple of weeks for me. The Buspirone is completely out of my system now, so I no longer have those random urges to punch people in the face! 😀 My anxiety has decreased exponentially and my mood has become more stable. Thanking the Lord for that. My psychiatrist and I have decided to bypass any new meds for now and just stick with my depression meds. I’ll keep working on ‘little life changes’ to boost my moods when I’m in a funk. We’ll take it from there. Sounds like a plan to me. The less meds, the better.

I won a book bundle giveaway from our very own Lexa Cain, which included her novel Soul Cutter and three short stories (Whoop!), and a book thong (it’s like a book mark – mind outta the gutter people) and two personalized pens in a swag package from author, friend, and fellow blogger Melissa Maygrove (Yay!) Click on their links to read about the winners and check out the prizes we won.

I also won four books in various Goodreads giveaways I entered. That’s a record for me. Oh, snap! I’ll be doing a lot of reviews on lilicasplace over the coming months!

My daughter is coming up to see me tomorrow to spend the day with me. She can’t come Friday night because she has her EMS overnight shift :D, and her ride will be too busy on Sunday to bring her back. But I’ll take it! Any time with my baby is good time!

Most important of all, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! Yeah, Baby!!

What have you celebrated this week? Anyone else win any goodies lately? 

 

 

 

Celebrate the Small Things – MILESTONES

Hey everyone! It’s time for another posting of Celebrate the Small Things brought to us by LEXA CAINPost anything in life that you’re celebrating, no matter how small or big, on your blog.

Sign up by clicking on the image, hop around and celebrate with others.

Make Celebrate the Small Thingssure your blog post has a link to the sign-up as well, so other bloggers will be able to sign-up and hop around too. 

This is such a simple and easy blog-hop, and it also happens to be one of my favorites.  After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Lexa and her awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

 

LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge   and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits

 As usual, it’s been a hectic couple of weeks for me. Just when I think things have calmed down… That’s for another day though. Right now I’m celebrating:

Having the chance to spend a couple of days away from home with one of my close friends.

My daughter Mandy spending this past weekend with me and showing off her new EMS uniform. That’s right! She’s going to follow in her mama’s footsteps. She’s volunteering now and will start EMT school in February if all goes well.

My stroke advocacy efforts at You’re the Cure have brought me to the level of Champion. That, I’m very proud of.

Last week’s #CTST post was my 100th post on this blog. I had hoped to have more, but I’m content. The average comes out to about five posts a month (give or take). Now if I could only maintain some consistency…

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100 Post Milestone

Best of all, as always, I’m STILL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRASS!! Yeah, Baby!!

Have you reached any milestones in life, career, or recovery? What are the little things you’ve celebrated this week?

 

 

 

Do You Know?

My friend and fellow stroke survivor Megan, is a recovery ROCK STAR!

Do not tell her what she can or cannot accomplish, because she will prove you WRONG! Everything the doctors told her she couldn’t do, she’s doing.

I’m lucky to have her fighting alongside me because, yes, I know what it feels like. Xoxoxoxo

Stroke Survivor

Do you know about the hell that I’ve been through?

Do you know what it feels like to be diagnosed with severe, expressive aphasia, verbal apraxia, auditory processing issues, and inability to walk?

Do you know what it feels like to not be able to talk, understand anything, or walk?

Do you know what it feels like to have to relearn your alphabet?

Do you know what it feels like to wonder about your future?

Do you know what it feels like to worry about your financial situation in the hospital?

Would we have to sell our house? Would we be bankrupt?

Do you know what it’s like to have your family worry about you?

Do you know what it’s like to see your mom cry about you?

Do you know what it’s like to build your balance and stamina in physical therapy?

Do you know what it feels like…

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IWSG – FAITH AND A MESSAGE

Hello fellow bloggers. It’s the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

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Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero, virtually adopted brother and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, without worry of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The co-hosts for this month’s posting of the IWSG are TB Markinson, Tamara Narayan, Shannon Lawrence, Stephanie Faris, and Eva E. Solar! Yes, I know, the last one is me – at my alter-ego site, lilicasplace.

Most of my followers know my story and understand my recent ups and downs. I’ve mentioned to my Fellowship of the Dragon group that sometimes I feel like my faith is on shaky ground when things get REALLY bad. I get this feeling of, God where are you?? They help me move forward by always telling me to stay strong and leave it in God’s hands.

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway:  It was like God smacked me in the back of the head and said ‘Where’d ya think I was? I’ve been with you the whole time’.

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I gave it a 4-heart rating, but haven’t done a full review yet because I have a few books in line ahead of it. It’ll be coming soon on my lilicasplace blog.

What struck me most was the timing. Being at a low point, this book helped me understand that it won’t last forever and that sometimes our journeys through the valleys can last longer than we expect.

I’ve just been hit with another WTF situation, but instead of wallowing in the ‘Why me’ of it all, I looked up at the sky and said, ‘I know you got this, God. All I’m asking is that you help me through it again. I love you and don’t question that you’re here with me now’.

Whenever you feel that you can’t move forward with whatever obstacles, trials, or tribulations you face, remember how important it is to have faith in something bigger than yourself.

Have you had times when you thought you couldn’t go on without falling apart? What’s helped you through the hard times – God, Spirituality, Nature, the Universe? I’d love to read about them in the comments. Until next post…