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Showing posts from April, 2011

A Few Of My Favorite Things

Apparently the word on the street (OK not on the street, just in my doctor's office) is that my autoimmune disorder appears to be Sjogren's Syndrome although nobody seems to be quite sure whether it will end up being my only autoimmune diagnosis. At the moment though, that is the case. Anyways, I refer to it quite a bit in my blog postings and it dawned on me that I never write much about the technical aspect of it. To be honest, the idea of that bores me to tears. I don't mind blogging about how a chronic illness affects my daily life, the emotional ramifications of it, etc. but I figure that if someone wants all that technical/medical mumbo jumbo, they can do a Google search.

However it dawned on me the other day that I go through a lot of effort managing the biggest issue related to Sjogren's and that is: dryness. In Sjogren's Syndrome, the body's white blood cells attack the moisture producing glands (known as exocrine glands) in the body. These little glan…

Lifting Up My Voice

"I don't sing because I'm happy; I'm happy because I sing." ~William James

Since my childhood years of going to mass every Sunday, I have always wanted to sing in a church choir. I know that is not exactly a very common ambition or goal for many people, but it has been for me. So many obstacles got in the way. First and foremost, if you want to sing in a church choir, you have to well, go to church. As an adult, I never attended a church on a regular basis until about five years ago when I made that oh so radical change from being a Catholic to becoming a member of the United Church of Christ. Also other things got in the way. I worked a lot of weekends as a nurse, I had stage fright (that was a big obstacle as a child/teenager!), I didn’t think I was good enough; the list goes on and on. That didn’t stop me from singing from my personal, safe little spot in the pew though on Sunday mornings.

Then I lost my job due to a medical illness and I was at church almost…

Taking Responsibility

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. ~James Allen

I attended a conference the other day in which some statistics were presented about obesity rates in different parts of the world. It stated that women in the United States have an obesity rate of 36% which earned us the number one spot for modernized countries. For men, it was somewhere in the low 30’s. Seriously? Note that these are percentages for women who are obese, not just overweight. The difference is that to be obese, your body mass index (BMI) must be greater than 30%. The rates for the countries that scored lower on the list such as Japan and Korea were in the range of 5-7%. I am sure considering the drastic differences in the lifestyle habits between us and our Asian friends that no one finds these numbers surprising, but the reality is, it is a strong statement about the lifestyles that we live.

I don’t want this to be a blog about numbers though. It is abo…