Chronic Illness & Family Adjustment

My husband is working hard toward sainthood by being married to me.  This isn't a traditional "I love my husband" post.  Instead, this is an acknowledgement post - an acknowledgment that living with a chronic illness within a family member has a significant impact on family functioning. Depending on how my autoimmune disorder is acting depends … Continue reading Chronic Illness & Family Adjustment

A Faith Example in the Midst of Grief

Are you familiar with Our Lady of Sorrows? If not, I think everyone should be - especially mothers! Our Lady of Sorrows is a devotion to the seven sorrows of Jesus' mom, Mary.  During her life, she experienced seven instances of intense sorrow: the prophesy of Simeon, the escape and flight into Egypt, the loss of the … Continue reading A Faith Example in the Midst of Grief

Grief & My Faith

Grief. It is a complex, fickle emotion.  Whenever a person thinks they have moved on from their sadness, something happens to pull the memories back to the forefront, and the person is sent back through their grief.  Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, world renowned grief counselor and theorist, expressed fives stages to grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. … Continue reading Grief & My Faith