It all began when a medical emergency cut short our vacation on October 22, 2016. Soon afterwards, I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Alaska State Master Gardeners Conference on April 22, 2017. Earth Day. I knew I couldn’t just give a ra-ra speech about how to grow vegetables. What follows is the Powerpoint presentation I shared at the conference. I’m posting it on my blog with the hope that it will save someone’s life…
Hattie Gladwell: As someone who lives with a chronic illness, one thing I really can’t stand is being called ‘brave’.
Martha Chastney Smith, 24, has ulcerative colitis and fibromyalgia. She said: ‘Oh my god the brave thing is so annoying! Like, I literally have no choice in the matter. When people act like you’re doing something courageous just by living. I want to ask them what else do they expect me to do?
‘Putting it bluntly, it’s either live with it or kill yourself. And it feels like people are saying that they don’t see our lives as worth living. Of course life is tougher with a chronic illness, and please acknowledge that and think about the different things I need in day to day life, but don’t turn me into your little brave soldier who “inspires you” or similar bollocks.’
FROM DEBRA: My new heater, romaine lettuce, upholstery materials, new Debra’s List, and more than 100 new comments
I’m back! Here’s the first newsletter for 2018.
I’m all caught up now. There were more than 100 comments to read frrom over the holiday. Keep them coming, and ask your questions too.
It’s been raining here all week and more to come, so I have lots of time for indoor activities without too much distraction.
I’ve been working behind the scenes over the holidays on new things—like a little seed starting to sprout underground—so you’ll be seeing some improvements soon.
Have a wonderful toxic free week!
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Pence said the administration has been working hard on delivering the services – especially medical assistance – that veterans need and deserve. “Working with Secretary [David] Shulkin, we’ve made the Department of Veterans Affairs already more efficient, effective, and accountable,” the vice president said.
“Let me be clear: Veterans benefits are not entitlements — they are earned. They are the ongoing compensation for services rendered in the uniform of the United States of America. And under President Donald Trump, we’re keeping the promises that we’ve made to men and women who’ve served in our armed forces,” he said.
Adjust your perspective by focusing on the positive opportunities introduced by negative events. Also consider the foundational blessings in your life to get a broader view. We’re most vulnerable to emotional turmoil when we focus solely on negative things.