A few years ago my sister bought a board game titled Pandemic. Every time we played, we lost. We used to think we were doing something wrong. Now I think it's the nature of the beast.
I am a 61-year-old woman. I was born in Montreal and grew up in a western suburb of the city. I became a confessing member of the local CRC, First Christian Reformed Church of Monreal on May 15, 1977, so this year will be the 40th anniversary of that event. I have two B.A.s, one in LInguistics and the other in English Studies with a Major in Professional Writing in English. I developed schizophrenia around the age of 28.
I like to paint with knives and I enjoy cooking.
Who needs protection in our current world? This story reminds us about the global crisis of child marriages and the need to continue to work towards a safe world, free from abuse.
As many people who experience suffering from mental illnesses know, this affliction often causes extreme psychological and emotional anguish. I’ve personally found my most meaningful Scripture text in Lamentations.
This article in The Atlantic talks about women who were accused of complicity in the sexual abuse of other women and children. I wanted the chuch to be aware of this reality.
One question that came in challenged the judge’s ability to do his job because of his illnesses. This challenge is based on the assumption that mental illnesses affect an individual’s intelligence and judgment.
People try to pin the blame for egregious deeds onto people with mental illnesses or anyone with whom they can’t relate as humans, because this blaming distances them psychologically and emotionally from evil.
I hope that reading this will help people to better understand what schizophrenia is and how it affects those who suffer from it.
I wanted to share this book that was made available to participants of the Disability Concerns Leadership Training Conference last fall.
For a long time I struggled with the notion that as followers of Christ we should be glad to suffer, even if the troubles we get are not necessarily persecutions per se.
I've seen seen see-through masks advertized, but I haven't seen anyone wearing one yet.
Yes, unfortunately, black people have found another wall to bump into. When prejudice alters the...posted on: Not Lacking in Anything
My mom took care of that by getting my cousin who's a notary to write it down. She's 93, so she doesn't want to be resuscitated if her heart were to give out, and we know about it. At her age...
At First Montreal CRC, we have been holding Tenebrae services on Good Friday for AGES. I don't even remember what Good Friday services were like BEFORE that.posted on: The Wrath of the Lamb: A Tenebrae Service
One song that means a lot to me is Blessed Be your Name. I'm not sure I'd say it comforts me, because there are still times when I sing it with tears in my eyes, but it speaks to my experience...
So, who won?posted on: The Network Turns 10! Two Giveaways
"But I wonder if it’s possible to take that approach too far? Do I convey the attitude that living with a disability is really no big deal? Or, worse, do I give the impression that it’s some sort...posted on: Glamorizing Disability?
Thank you for sharing this. I have both schizophrenia and diabetes Type 2, and because of the side effects from my meds I often struggle with diarrhea. If I can't get to sleep at a certain time...posted on: The Reality of Chronic Illness and Worth
We don't have one. Our congregation is small and several members already juggle with more than one commitment, so we avoid piling on the ministries whenever possible.
When my mom had a crack in a vertebra some years ago she was in so much pain the doctor noticed and prescribed morphine. It alleviated the pain and she returned the pills she didn’t need back to...posted on: Medication’s Pros and Cons
Yikes! That's awful. Doctors can be real jerks sometimes, not to say something worse. It goes to remind us that they are sinners too. In fact, my mom, age 92, who worked with doctors as a...posted on: Arthritis Is a Disability, Not a Crime