My Journey With:

Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) ~ Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) ~ Focal Impaired Awareness Seizures (Complex Partial Seizures) ~ Fibromyalgia ~ Chronic Myofascial Pain (CMP) ~ Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) ~ TMJ Dysfunction ~ Bipolar I Rapid Cycling With Psychosis ~ Migraines ~ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (My OCD is currently in remission except for hoarding) ~ Keratosis Pilaris (KP) ~ Complex-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) ~ Panic Disorder ~ Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) ~ Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) ~ Non-suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI or SI) ~ Piezogenic Pedal Papules ~ Hashimoto's Thyroiditis ~ Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) ~ Multiple Phobias ~ Chronic Headaches

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Year In Review in Photos

January

From my coloring book I got for Christmas from fellow zebra RH. (You can get it here.)


In one of my favorite pashminas and my rose quartz and amethyst necklace

Katya all stretched out
Katya all stretched out


February

DH and I


Valentine's Day

Two of my loves: DH and Niki
Two of my loves: DH and Niki


March

Spring decorations


This shirt is huge on me, but the colors look great with this scarf!
In my St. Louis Cardinals hat that makes me think of my Grandp
In my St. Louis Cardinals hat that makes me think of my Grandpa


April

Smile...whether you're happy or not!


Wearing my favorite shirt and my St. Anne medal
I got my first black eye when I fell after being on Depakote and turning into a zombie
I got my first black eye when I fell after being on Depakote and turning into a zombie
May


Niki on a box 
Katya on her new scratchpad
A picture of my mom's dog, my "sister," wishing me to feel better soon with my depression
A picture of my mom's dog, my "sister," wishing me to feel better soon with my depression


June


So depressed it's almost impossible to smile


DH
My birthday presents from Mama and Daddy
My birthday presents from Mama and Daddy


July


Wearing my Always Harry Potter necklace.


I gave the cats two small pots oat grass, and they ate it down then played with the pots, spilling soil everywhere

Fresh from the shower!
Fresh from the shower!


August


Katya sleeping


Wearing one of my favorite bandannas


Zebra Super Woman!
Zebra Super Woman!


September


Smile!

Niki mid-yawn
Niki mid-yawn


Smile!

October


My new AFOs (Ankle-Foot Orthosis)

A day I wore make up! I think I'm getting better at it. :-)
A day I wore make up! I think I'm getting better at it. :-)

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!


November

My parents on Thanksgiving. My mom doesn't look 59 and my dad doesn't look 62!
My parents on Thanksgiving. My mom doesn't look 59 and my dad doesn't look 62! 

DH and me on Thanksgiving at my parents' house
DH and me on Thanksgiving at my parents' house

My parents and I on Thanksgiving at their house
My parents and I on Thanksgiving at their house


December


DH and me
DH and me 

The cats on Yule
The cats on Yule

Me on New Year's Eve
Me on New Year's Eve

Monday, December 19, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Blogging: Day 6

Day 6: Share a good childhood Christmas memory

12 Days of Christmas Blogging
12 Days of Christmas Blogging
One of my favorite Christmas presents I ever got was my Easy Bake Oven. I know now they're considered sexist, but I would get one for a child who loved being in the kitchen regardless of their gender. I made Jesus' birthday cake (a tradition in my household growing up) with my Easy Bake Oven when I got it in 1989, at age eight. Afterwards, we went to our neighbors farm and she gave us some fresh eggs.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Blogging: Day 5

Day 5: What is on your personal wish list this year

12 Days of Christmas Blogging
12 Days of Christmas Blogging


  1. An semicolon necklace. Why the semicolon? The Project Semicolon represents that my life isn't over yet. I'm taking a stand against suicide and self-injury. My life will keep going, even when things seem at their darkest. I will keep going, because I have to, no matter how hard I try. I plan on getting a semicolon tattoo over some of my self-injury scars on my right thigh.
  2. A pillow that's for elevating my feet. This will help with my blood pooling in my legs from my POTS (a type of dysautonomia). Blood pooling in my legs can cause me to faint, not get enough blood to my brain, become very dizzy, slow digestion, cause nausea, make it hard to think, cause pain in my legs, etc. 
  3. Something handmade from DH

Thursday, December 15, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Blogging: Day 2

Day 2: Favorite Christmas tradition new or old

12 Days of Christmas Blogging
12 Days of Christmas Blogging
My favorite Christmas tradition is something I've done since childhood. Each year, all the members of my family try to do something nice for someone else, even if we don't have much for ourselves. It may be a home cooked meal, grocery bags of food, an angel or ornament from one of the giving trees (they have the gender, age, and what they want on the back), or something else. This year DH and I collected items to give to the domestic violence shelter. We tried to think of things that most people wouldn't, so we got new bras, tampons, incontinence pads, incontinence disposable underwear, cooling cloths for hot flashes, etc. I really hope some people are able to use these items, and it makes someone's life easier.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Blogging: Day 1

12 Days of Christmas Blogging

Day 1: List your favorite things about Christmas
Day 2: Favorite Christmas tradition new or old
Day 3: Your favorite Christmas recipe/food
Day 4: Share a Christmas story or write one of your own
Day 5: What is on your personal wish list this year
Day 6: Share a good childhood Christmas memory
Day 7: A photo day, share some Christmas pictures past or present
Day 8: Share a local Christmas tradition in your town or country
Day 9: Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner?
Day 10: Favorite Christmas movie or song
Day 11: What was your favorite childhood Christmas present
Day 12: What are you grateful for this Christmas?

12 Days of Christmas Blogging
12 Days of Christmas Blogging
My top 12 favorite things about Christmas:


  1. Going looking for Christmas lights
  2. Candy canes
  3. Baking, even if I don't want to eat what I bake!
  4. Wrapping presents
  5. Buying gifts for people
  6. Handmade Christmas ornaments from my childhood
  7. Santa Claus!
  8. Snow globes
  9. Snow angels
  10. Red ribbons everywhere
  11. Christmas carols/Christmas music
  12. Red and green everywhere!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 16

Day 16: What is your favorite inspirational quote?

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge
30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge


"Some boys take a beautiful girl
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I want to be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they want to have fun
Oh girls just want to have [fun]"
~ Cyndi Lauper

"Tomorrow's another day
And I'm thirsty anyway
So bring on the rain"
~ Jo Dee Messina


"In a gentle way, you can shake the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 15

Day 15: What would you say to people newly diagnosed with this illness?

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge
30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge

My advice for anyone diagnosed with any illness is to learn everything you can about it, and develop a strong support system. Ideally, a strong support system would include family, friends, and medical professionals, though I know that's not always possible. Support groups like NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) can be very helpful. Start with Google, and learn everything you can about your illness(es). Remember, that you probably won't have every single symptom listed, and you may have some that aren't listed, because they're more rare. Books on my many chronic illnesses have helped me tremendously. Facebook groups are a huge support. I use the Glow app and have support for many of my illnesses, especially PCOS, there. Below I'll list some of my favorite books about my illnesses.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS):

Dysautonomia:

Fibromyalgia:

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS):


Bipolar Disorder:



Monday, November 14, 2016

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge: Day 14

Day 14: Give 5 things you are grateful for.

30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge
30 Day Chronic Illness Challenge



  1. The relationship I have with my parents.
  2. My two wonderful, wonderful cats.
  3. My DH, the love of my life.
  4. My cane and walker. My walker is awesome, it has a seat even!
  5. Having a roof over my head and food in my belly.

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