Keeping my healthcare 

Today I am deeply grateful that the Affordable Care Act (also called ObamaCare) was saved. This means lives were saved today — including my own. This is deeply personal to me. I nearly cried with relief. And then I grinned like President Obama in this photo. Before the Affordable Care Act, I was denied health care…

Satisfying day

I didn’t accomplish everything I’d hoped, but today was a very satisfying day nonetheless. I gave myself my B12 injection early in the morning and then got Mama to her medical appointment, where we got to work on service dog training with Paisley. Then I made great progress in Physical Therapy, where I learned that I…

The perfect poem

Tonight I got a text from Mama telling me to check my email. She came across a poem while reading her novel, and she wanted to share it with me. The poem is The Mystery of Pain, and it’s by Emily Dickinson. Today’s #OneGoodThing was receiving the perfect poem from Mama — fitting in so…

366 Days of #OneGoodThing

If you asked me to tell you 366 good things that happened in my life this year, I’d be at a total loss. It was a crap year in a lot of ways. Physically, I felt like shit every single day. That’s right. Every. Single. Day. It turned out that I have a chronic autoimmune disease.…

African Violets for Abby

Our dear friend Kelley came over tonight and brought us a beautiful plant in honor of Abby. Kelley was also Abby’s rehab vet and helped us when it was time to say goodbye. Along with the lovely flowers, Kelley brought Abby’s ashes back home to us tonight. It doesn’t feel like it makes sense, but…

A touching card and awesome washi tape

Today the mail was awesome — and I don’t normally feel that way. We received a very sweet sympathy card from Abby’s vet specialty and emergency hospital. We knew Abby was well-loved there since she’s been having regular rehab sessions there all year, but we were so surprised that the card included heartfelt messages from a couple…