LC10-Toxic What??

Sometimes in my Facebook Support Group, a post begins with the phrase positive post. This usually precedes a report about something that brought joy or balance to the writer. Often this kind of post is about holding steady during an event like attending a graduation or birthday party. These little successes are wildly celebrated, with … Read more

LC9-More about ME

During my quest for information about myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, I found a video series by Giles Meehan called “Get Well From ME”. Watching the series helped me to understand ME, other invisible illnesses, and my own circumstances more fully, which was a comfort. The series also helped me to … Read more

LC8-Learning Curves and Labyrinths

The learning curve for my new health situation has been complicated, more like a labyrinth with its many twists and turns. I’m grateful for the Bateman Horne Center, where I learned more about myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The Bateman Horne Center’s support groups and educational videos helped me to … Read more

LC7-The PCRC

To preface my commentary on the Push-Crash Roller Coaster (PCRC), I need to first say some things about myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), Post Exertional Malaise (PEM) and brain fog. Since 2020 I’ve been under doctor’s care for what was diagnosed as new allergies and idiopathic anaphylaxis. After a trigger event late in 2023, I … Read more

LC6-It’s Chronic

It’s taking time for me to understand and adjust to my health challenges being chronic. The word comes from the Greek root word “khronos” meaning time. The dictionary meanings are: continuing or occurring again and again for a long time; always present or encountered and especially vexing, weakening, or troubling; being, providing, or needing long … Read more

Get Ready for Spring

Greetings Further Shore Friends, I hope everyone is finding ways to enjoy the winter season and there has been some time for inner contemplation and dreaming into this new year, 2024. In keeping with my appreciation of seasonal timings, today’s newsletter is dedicated to Imbolc, the cross-quarter point between the winter solstice and the vernal … Read more

LC5-Mortality and a Moonshot

The pandemic is not “over” for people with Long Covid (LC). We are still concerned about catching a cold. We are the people wearing masks in public and asking our dear ones if they will kindly take a PCR test before we spend time together because the antigen home tests are often falsely negative. We … Read more

LC4-I Caught a Cold

In November of 2019, I caught a cold. In truth, that cold came from a virus. I know that now, but this happened before there was any talk about SARS-CoV-2 the virus that causes COVID-19. I became symptomatic in November after an up-close conversation with a friend who had a cold (sounded stuffy, was coughing). … Read more

LC3-Hindsight is 20/20

A friend recently told me that Chris Cuomo of News Nation has begun a series about Long Covid (LC). There are several five-minute segments that began in October. In each segment, Chris interviews specialists like Dr. William Li, medical director of the Angiogenesis Center and Dr. Purvi Parikh, an immunologist and spokesperson from the Allergy … Read more

“W” is for Wisdom Walking

I debated a long while about the “W” topic for the ABC’s of Living Well. My dilemma: Walking or Wisdom? Walking is something that most of us do without even thinking about it. Of course, that is unless (or until) there is pain, an injury, or some other biological limitation to walking. Medical literature praises … Read more