Category Archives: making a difference

Advice for the Over-Extended

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I’m now in a group on Facebook for people who fall in the INFJ spectrum of the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The indicator is an interesting way to learn more about yourself or the people around you. I fall into INFJ, which stands for Introversion, Intuition, Judging, and Feeling. Every time I take the test, I always come out INFJ. This is a screenshot of my most recent results. (The only bit I find interesting is that I would have thought my intuition score would be higher. Otherwise, it’s spot on.) If you’d like to learn more about you, you can take the official online assessment (for a fee), or you can take this free personality test that is based on the MBTI. Also, Thought … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – X is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. Down to our last letters! Whew! … X-tras So, yeah. I’m kinda cheating on today’s letter, but that’s my prerogative as a writer. And blogger. So today is for “x-tras” that didn’t make it into other posts, for whatever reason. (Either I thought of it later, or I was tired that day, or whatever. Or it’s appropriate for today.) A lot of topics fit within my theme, but I didn’t get around to writing about them. I gotta be honest. This writing every day like this and answering comments is tiring. And I stopped visiting other blogs and tweeting them … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – Q is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. … Questions One of the most difficult things about being a Sick Person is all the questions I have. Questions that seemingly have no answers, that lead down a rabbit hole to more questions. With no real answers. Of course, the biggest question of them all is: WHY?!?!? followed closely on its heels by: WHY   ME !??!?    !?!?     ?? And there’s no answer to either one of those. The big WHY is a question that is best to let go of. It’s not productive, and can actually be hurtful. Even tho it’s the most natural question in the world to … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – P is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. … paperwork The absolute bane of my existence as a Sick Person is … paperwork. You’d probably guess something else, like, being in pain or the anti-mold diet or medications, or simply being sick, but not. It’s the {insert expletive} paperwork I have to fill out. Every.single.doctor has their own set. And then my insurance company keeps sending me stupid surveys to complete. And as I (possibly) mentioned in another post, I created a spreadsheet to keep up with the meds I have to take (and I save each week’s completed piece of paper), and a document listing all my … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – M is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me.  And I really am truly sorry that I haven’t been reading or commenting or tweeting or promoting the other blogs I’ve been following. Y’all are great. It truly is not you – it’s me. And the only few good hours I have in each day. … maintaining My therapist suggested this topic, and I thought it was a good one. When you suffer #InvisibleIllnesses, you still attempt to maintain your life. As best you can. But many days (like for me, today), you wake up feeling like death warmed over that was run over by a giant truck and perhaps … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – L is for…

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Hi. I’m dSavannah. A comment from a new reader made me realize that I can’t assume (you know what happens to you and me when we do that!) that visitors know my theme or purpose for completing the #AtoZChallenge. So, if you are a new visitor to my blog, my theme this year for the challenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. … letting go & lessons I am combining these topics because they are so intertwined. (An aside, my hands are being so hurty and stupid today. I can’t type. And my perfectionism won’t let me leave typos, not even for the WordPress spell checker to catch. {Funny – it says WordPress … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – K is for…

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… kindness You may not think that kindness has anything to do with #InvisibleIllness, or #dSavannahDefects, but it does. When you have an #InvisibleIllness, of any kind, it’s really easy to be mean to yourself. To beat yourself up for feeling the way you do, for not being able to do as much as you used to, for hearing over and over from people in authority (doctors, for one) that you’re wrong. (Of course, this goes for ‘normal’ people as well.) We say things to ourselves that we wouldn’t say to our worst enemies. We say we’re horrible, we’re awful, we’re worthless, we’re terrible, we’re stupid, we don’t deserve to live. All of which are big fat lies. All of which is absolutely WRONG. And … Continue reading

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