A Blue Christmas

During the holiday season, a lot of people struggle with feelings of sadness and inadequacy. That's why I'm sharing this great blog post by Hannah Brencher, whose site you can find here. May your holidays be filled with peace and love, even amidst the sadness. ❤💜💛💚🤞🙏Stephen   MONDAY #196: put those blinders on. I have a … Continue reading A Blue Christmas

When Transformation Leaves You Unable to Recognize Yourself

Transformation is usually seen as a good thing. But what happens when the transformational process leaves you unable to recognize your new self? Chronic illness can be a lot like that. Take the butterfly, for instance. It’s one of the most common symbols for the transformation process and for spiritual rebirths and awakenings. When I went through … Continue reading When Transformation Leaves You Unable to Recognize Yourself

Living With Pride

"We are as diverse as the rainbows that fill the sky." To celebrate Pride Month in June, we wanted to highlight the unique experiences of the members of our chronic illness community who are also members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Today’s email is by Stephen Fratello, a Mighty contributor who lives with chronic conditions including mast … Continue reading Living With Pride

Please Don’t Anger Shame Chronically Ill People

Nobody likes to be around angry people. I think that is a given. So, let me start off with a clarification. I am not promoting being a bitter and nasty person. I am coming to the defense of those of us who are chronically ill, sometimes with rare diseases, who are angry for various valid … Continue reading Please Don’t Anger Shame Chronically Ill People

Opening Prayer For the Colorado State House in the Aftermath of a Tragedy, February 15, 2018

Our God and God of all people, God of the Rich and God of the poor. God of the teacher and God of the student. God of the families who wait in horror. God of the dispatcher who hears screams of terror from under bloodied desks. God of the first responder who bravely creeps through … Continue reading Opening Prayer For the Colorado State House in the Aftermath of a Tragedy, February 15, 2018

You Can’t Blame Gun Control Issues on the Mentally Ill

I have a mental illness. I have depression. I have anxiety. I do NOT kill people. Mental illness is not the reason innocent lives are being taken senselessly -- guns are. As someone with a mental illness, I take great offense when people try to blame lack of gun control on people who have a … Continue reading You Can’t Blame Gun Control Issues on the Mentally Ill

Fat Shaming and Chronic Illness

It's almost mid January and everyone is probably working on their new year's resolutions to work out more or do whatever it is they resolved to do to shed those extra pounds in 2018. Personally, I never make resolutions, but that is a topic for another post. If I did, though, it wouldn't be to lose weight. Not … Continue reading Fat Shaming and Chronic Illness

Christianity: A Religion of Minding Your Neighbor’s Business

I have a problem. I no longer see the message Jesus taught in what is modern day Christianity. I see churches and religious people minding everyone’s business. That seems to be their religion — policing. It’s almost like they ask, “How can I mind my neighbor’s life choices, sexuality, gender identity, birth control and everything else?” rather … Continue reading Christianity: A Religion of Minding Your Neighbor’s Business

Waiting…

Tonight marks the beginning of Hanukkah in the Jewish tradition and we are currently in the season of Advent for Catholics and some Christians. Hanukkah is a time to remember the provision of God, especially in times when things seem hopeless. Advent is a time of waiting...waiting for the light to break through the dark. … Continue reading Waiting…

Something Positive for Today

The person who doesn't fit in with our notions of who is worthy of our love -- the bag lady at the corner, the strange old man who rides through town on a three-wheel bike all strung up with flags -- is just the person who, by not fitting into our patterns, insists that we … Continue reading Something Positive for Today