What does the semicolon tattoo mean

What  does the semicolon tattoo mean?

It is part of the movement called Project Semicolon.

This movement is dedicated to showing hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. Those who have struggled with mental illness, or know someone who has, are encouraged to get a tattoo of the semicolon as a sign of solidarity.

I have suffered with chronic severe nerve pain and disabling muscle spasms that have led to my own personal knowledge and struggles with depression, suicide and hopelessness. This is why I have chosen to get my own tattoo.
The tattoo I chose to get says, "my story isn't over yet ;". For me, it reminds me of my own personal commitment to choose living.
 Some people may say choosing to live isn't that hard. To some it is extremely hard.We may never never understand completely what others may be going through.

There are so many people who are affected by a friend or loved ones' illness or disease. If getting a tattoo is not your cup-of-tea and I could ask you to do one thing in support of your friend or loved one, is to learn more about their particular illness or disease.

Knowledge is the key. The more you know about what your loved one is going through, the more supportive and helpful you can be. Knowledge and your love is the best way to show you support them.

 My experience is with chronic severe pain. I have had thoughts in the past of cutting my legs or arms off because they hurt so bad. No joke. I wasn't thinking real clearly. Being in that much pain, you most definitely evaluate all your options.

I can't wait to get my semicolon tattoo! I will be sure to post an update with pictures soon.
"Dealing with pain everyday, I am curious how I will react to the pain of the tattoo needle."
If you have your own story or semicolon tattoo? Please share with us in the comments below.

Don't be scared;Accept help when you need it

Don't be scared;Accept help when you need it

I would like to share a very personal experience that happened a while back to me. It was not so funny then but it’s quite hilarious now. This story begins at the hospital ER.

After some back and forth conversations with the doctor about treatment options LOL.  I am asked to stay on at the hospital for some more monitoring. Honestly, it was more like they told me I was staying on at their “Stress Clinic”.

Caring for Caregivers

Caring for Caregivers

Being a caregiver can mean you are caring for a child, sibling, parent or spouse. To be able to take care of our loved ones we must take care of ourselves. If we get run-down, we will not be of any good. Here are a few ways caregivers can recharge:
  • respite care
  • join a caregiver's group
  • hobbies
  • take time for you
Respite care is when someone comes in and takes care of our loved ones so we can have some time to ourselves. They can take them out to appointments or shopping. Respite workers can come into the home to care for our loved ones and you can have time for yourself away from the house. Respite is nice because it can be tailored to your needs.

How I lost 35 lbs in 6 weeks

How I lost 35 lbs in 6 weeks

Losing 35 lbs. was so easy. I don't know why I've never done it before. Losing weight has always been a struggle for me. Even being very active in my youth, I always was overweight.

When I thought about losing weight in the past, I always thought it would have to include some diet, a shake or counting somthing. No one ever said anything about eating healthier to lose weight. Well I didn't hear it.

And don't forget the exercise. With my disability and limited mobility, exercise is a joke. If I can get my chores done without having severe muscle spasms, then I will consider exercising. I lost the 35 lbs. with no increase in my activity. Amazing right. I thought so and that is why I wanted to share my experience with others.

Okay. So this is how it happened. It started with a doctor appointment because I wasn't feeling good. They ran some tests and my doctor came in and said I had diabetes again. Yuck. I had diabetes back in 2009 and lost 100 lbs. After losing that 100 lbs. my diabetes went away.

Immediately, I stopped all drinks except water. I was use to drinking probably a gallon of sweet tea per day. I did drink lemonade the first week to break the sweet tea habit. Once I was drinking only water, I noticed the weight just drop off. It took about four weeks to lose 25 lbs.

Once I saw that weight drop off, I was so excited. My clothes were getting baggy on me. I loved it. With this momentum I wanted to keep losing so I began to cut my portions. If I was eating out, I would only eat half my meal and take the other half home for another meal. I started dividing my portions in half as soon as the meal come to our table and putting it in a take out box.

At home I would keep fruit and nuts around for quick healthy snacks. I ate a lot of boiled or scrambled eggs for protein. And at six weeks, I had lost a total of 35 lbs.

This isn't the end of my weight loss journey. Stay tuned for more. I am currently working to replace my normal diet with better healthier choices. Enter your email address on the right and you will get all the motivating updates to come.

My story

My story

In 2007, I was diagnosed with some back and spinal issues. Here is when I became unable to get around, spending all my time in bed for the first year.

The years that followed, I was in extreme pain and scared to move or do any activities. I personally think inactivity and an increase in my weight is why the diabetes had a chance to take control of my body.

In 2009, I got my first diabetes diagnosis. The doctors put me on all types of medicine. Talk about some nasty side effects. Yuck!

In 2010, I became extremely sick and unable to keep anything down. I was living on diet pepsi and crackers. They didn't stay down either. I looked into all the possible reasons why I could be sick.

It was during this period, I began demanding an diagnosis or reason why I was so sick. I was planning my funeral because I was so sick. My doctor just kept telling me to keep up the good work and keep losing weight. I could not believe he was telling me to keep throwing up so I will keep losing weight.

After losing about 100 lbs, my sugar was no longer a problem. I still continued to be sick everyday.

In 2016, I was just going through my normal daily life and BAM!

Unlocking Our Potential

Unlocking Our Potential

When I came across this quote, I was completely drawn to it and had to share this lovely pearl of wisdom.

What I took from this was to keep going, keep moving, keep trying and don't give up.

Hitting the Reset Button

Hitting the Reset Button

While in the hospital this last time, for breathing problems, I happen to get to know the smoking cessation lady. She had  a lot of helpful information to help stop smoking and to continue being a non-smoker. The most helpful thing she told me was if I slip not to give up. She said just hit the reset button and try again.