Tag: October

October-In Review

October review


I have no idea where October went. I know it’s cliche to say it flew by but in this case it really did. This month saw a lot of appts, a wonderful thanksgiving and time with the family. It’s been a busy month on the blog too. I reviewed ChronicAlly’s first subscription box and wrote about the way the brain is affected by PTSD. My art was selected for an online gallery too!

I’m getting to know my new therapist and we’ve had 7 appointments together now. I like her and think (hope) she’ll be able to help me. She’s so knowledgeable and I’m learning a lot about myself and PTSD.

We had everyone to our place for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful to share that time with my family. Speaking of family, my son is too old now for trick or treating but he did help out with a Halloween party for younger kids. He made the costume himself: (spooky)


What I’m listening to: Kevin and I discovered this group in September and we’re hooked- check out Abney Park. It’s like world music meets punk rock.


What I’m watching: We saw Ghost-buster’s in the theatre when it came out and loved it. (though nothing beats the originals) With it being October and Halloween, we’re re-watching it again as I write this post:


What I’m reading: Still working on this book. It’s a slow go, it’s interesting but lot’s to process.



How was your October?

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Happy Thanksgiving -My Gratitude List


It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada and every year I think it’s important to pause and reflect on all the blessings I have in my life. Yes, I have chronic illness and pain but I also have a lot of wonderful reasons to be thankful.

Family is on their way here again (Kevin does the cooking) and I have the table set. We have 10 people joining us. We always have such a nice time and Kevin makes the best turkey.

Thanksgiving table

Here is my Thanksgiving Gratitude list:

  1. Family -I have a wonderfully supportive family who is always there for me.
  2. My Marriage- Kevin and I were just talking about this the other day, how lucky we feel that we love each other so much and love spending time together.
  3. Andrew- He’s the best thing to ever happen to me and my favourite person on the planet.
  4. My Friends- I’m blessed with  friends who truly get me. Who reach out when they know I’m struggling and who I love spending time with. I’m also thankful for all the new friends I’ve made through the online chronic pain community.
  5. My Home- I always tell everyone how much I love this house. It’s more than shelter to me or just a place to live. I fell in love with it the moment we saw it and we’ve made so many happy memories here.
  6. Medications & Medistik– I’d be lost without them. I wouldn’t be able to cope with the pain. I feel grateful that I live in a country where I have access to them.
  7. Healthcare- I have free health care. I know that as we Canadians we complain about wait times, doctor shortages etc but we are truly fortunate to have free healthcare. I think about my chronic pain community in the states and I think it must be awful to not only be sick but also have the financial burden of health care.
  8. Coffee-nuff said
  9. My Bed -supportive, soft sheets and blankets, and it provides such restorative sleep (when painsomnia isn’t keeping me up).
  10. A Good Movie- I love the escape and distraction a movie gives me. We just finished watching Now You See Me 2-so good.
  11. A Good Book- Though I can’t read like I used to because of the accident, I still enjoy a good book. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of (my favourite author for adults) Ami Mckay’s new novel “The Witches of New York” If you haven’t read anything by her I highly recommend that you do. Such a great storyteller.
  12. A Bath- A little lavender, or a bath bomb from Lush, a cup of tea and I’m in heaven

What would be on your gratitude list? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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