Valentines Day: Red Badge of Courage

This morning, the front of the grocery store resembled the Rose Bowl Parade with no off ramp: surround sound flowers, candy, cupcakes, balloons.  Little was left unadorned; fresh organic produce was even kicked to the curb.  Subtle! Lofty displays of affection either hit the mark or don’t, this scene made me cringe a little (much […]

Meditation, Bliss or Miss?

Do you cringe when you hear the word meditation or melt, aahh!  What’s all the fuss?  Is it worth it, or not? For starters, the benefits are widespread; the challenges very real. When my mindfulness practice (a type of meditation) successfully stops me from returning the finger as it’s graciously offered in the car behind […]

Why The Blog Name, Patiently Well?

Not sure if the moniker is obvious or not, but there is usually more to the story than meets the eye.  Am I really Patiently Well?… I’ll spare you the spin.  Mostly… Yes! I consider myself a professional patient Patiently Well was born of my experiences as a tenured patient, health professional, and my enduring travels both orthodox and […]

Pop-Up Support Group

The waiting room in the Neurosurgeon’s office resembled the aftermath of a minor bus accident-minus any visible blood.  A novice might have mistaken it for an ER. The Scene A half-dozen young women are wrapped in neck braces; one sits in a wheelchair as her husband caresses her hair. A twenty-something (initially upright but winds […]

Judging Happy

Facebook peeps liked it, so I’m going with it.  Here is a quick story about a recent encounter I had in a health food store.  As always, I’ll add some insights.  Hope you Like! Life is funny. A lady just questioned me about parking in a handicap spot. She apparently watched me walk into a […]

Disability, Not Quite Disney World

“So, you are retired,” she said. “You can do whatever you want.” She smiled broadly, with excitement, awaiting a rundown as if I just visited the Amalfi coast.  Nope, got nothin’… “Not quite,” I murmured, and instantly felt the need to defend, shed light, even school her… I have heard similar comments before.  I know I am […]

The Healing Maze

Stuck in a healing rut? Don’t know what to do next, tried everything, ready to give up? I feel you!   Healing takes time, can be messy, and is not always linear. So, how can we keep our eye on the prize and not lose ourselves in the pursuit? Let’s Start With Our Thinking! Thoughts have […]