The emotional effect of sexual assault has no expiration date

When people realize that there is no expiration date when it comes to the emotional effect of sexual assault, maybe they’ll be a little less judgmental. Watching the lengthy but necessary hearing between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford today, that concept came to mind. Kavanaugh was accused of sexually assaulting... Read more »

My Graduation Day at ATI Physical Therapy

My Graduation Day at ATI Physical Therapy
After three months of dragging my once painful and stiff body three days per week at ATI Physical Therapy, graduation day is finally here! ATI Physical Therapy Wicker Park has the best staff, as they combine fun and professionalism to ensure that you have the best care possible. Earlier this year, I suffered from a... Read more »

There is still time to register for Chicago Lupus Walk 2018

There is still time to register for Chicago Lupus Walk 2018
The Lupus Society of Illinois is hosting its annual Chicago Lupus Walk Sunday, September 23, 2018. It’s from 9am-12 noon and will be located at Lincoln Park near Stockton Drive and LaSalle, across from the Chicago History Museum parking lot. As a lupus sufferer and survivor, I have had the pleasure of participating at this... Read more »
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The Adventures of Kameron is a fun way for kids to learn about autism

The Adventures of Kameron is a fun way for kids to learn about autism
My latest book, The Adventures of Kameron, is a fun way for kids to learn about autism. Autism is a developmental disorder with various spectrum levels. Most children or people with autism are non-verbal, displays aggressive behavior disorders (such as self-injurious and lashing out). Autism is more prevalent in boys than girls and it’s still... Read more »

GREENLEAF returns with more hypocrisy than ever

GREENLEAF returns with more hypocrisy than ever
Season 3 of GREENLEAF started Wednesday, August 28, 2018. It airs on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) and can be labeled as a guilty pleasure. Greenleaf tells of a black family who owns and runs a mega church in the South. Like most mega churches, they are full of secrets with the leaders doing their best... Read more »

Getting back to normal one moment at a time

I would rather say getting back to happy one moment at a time but I can’t remember the last time I was happy. Besides, happiness is an emotion that fluctuates so I’d rather say getting back to normal, or what I consider normal. My true normal consists of enjoying the summer months, engaging in aerobic... Read more »
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My body would look much better if it wasn't for pitted edema

Earlier this year, stupid lupus attacked my body by damaging my muscles, causing weakness throughout. Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks itself. Damage or potential permanent damage may occur to internal and external organ systems.  After two months of hospitalizations and current outpatient physical therapy, I’m almost back to speed. With... Read more »

Unlocking your creative genius with Oprah and Steven Pressfield

Unlocking your creative genius with Oprah and Steven Pressfield
Today I am 51 years old. After changing the channel from Lifetime because I saw the movie already, I decided to watch Super Soul Sunday on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). Her guest was author Steven Pressfield (The War of Art) and he discussed unlocking your creative genius. This episode aired in 2013 but when it... Read more »

I'm sure that Ava DuVernay will let Aunt Vi live from lupus on Queen Sugar

I'm sure that Ava DuVernay will let Aunt Vi live from lupus on Queen Sugar
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is the creator of Queen Sugar which airs weekly on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Millions tune in to see the drama of estranged siblings save their patriarch’s sugar cane farm. Lately, the spotlight has been on Violet Bordelon, or Aunt Vi as she’s dearly called. Aunt Vi has lupus, an autoimmune... Read more »
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Eustachi device to the rescue

Eustachi device to the rescue
Since being released from the hospital in May of this year from the result of a terrible lupus flare, my son Kameron (who has autism) brought home a nasty cold from school. My immune system is already weak because of lupus and Kameron’s inability to cover his mouth when he coughs or sneezes made things... Read more »