• Brain fog: What does it even mean? How can you get help for it? (Part 1)

    Sometimes it isn’t so obvious what we mean by the term brain fog. It gets tossed around in circles ranging from those sick with the common cold, to people who are aging, to those that are overworked and without their morning cup of joe. So what do we really mean by it?

    Hello hurricane season: Flying pillows edition | Monthly Resilience Report: September 2020

    It’s been a tough month on the personal front, with several factors coalescing together to create a turbulent September. This won’t be my usual “Resilience Report”—there’s too much going on for me to allocate energy…

    Spinning my wheels in the Texas heat | Monthly Resilience Report: August 2020

    Just when you think you’ve landed on stable ground, you find your feet giving way to quicksand. At least, that’s been my journey with autoimmune encephalitis (AE).

    Did I enjoy smooth waters on the heels of the improvements I mentioned last month? Nope!

    How to bounce back from a bad doctor’s appointment

    Have you ever found yourself thinking “well that sucked!” after finishing a conversation with a doctor?

    That was me earlier this month—feeling not only that I had wasted time, energy, and money, but that I also never want to face this new doctor again.

    Autoimmune Encephalitis Recovery, Part 2: The Day-to-Day Emotional Challenges

    You’ve heard that autoimmune encephalitis (AE) recovery is slow.

    Good doctors—the ones that mentally prepare you for life after the worst of your acute symptoms have dissipated—tell you to be kind to yourself as you recuperate.

    But what does that really mean? What does that actually look like? And what does that feel like?

    Just meandering through the marathon of chronic illness life | Monthly Resilience Report: July 2020

    Maybe you’re just here because you’ve heard me complain about relapsing, and want to find out if my Rituximab has kicked in yet. In that case, skip down to the last section.

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