A Diary of Change: Video Style

Life is never static for me, things change and change isn't always easy. Each day brings pain of all kinds. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, I don't know what the next hour will bring. I am full of emotion. Laughter can be followed by tears. Tears can be followed by an overflowing love or a feeling of panic or regret. ...more

WTJ Blogger In Residency @HipsterAlice #HAWMC Day 28 The First Time I Walked Again

 After being hospitalized for over 3 1/2 months, it was time for me to get out of bed and start walking again. Having been bed-ridden for so long, I'd not only lost muscle mass, but I'd lost the ability to walk. I could barely get up and move around my bed area.  But part of treatment is making progress. I was in a skilled nursing facility and the goal was that I would be able to get moving again, by starting physical therapy. To prepare for physical therapy, part of the treatment plan included getting me up and out of bed....more

#HAWMC Day 28: That Was Some Scary Stuff Right There

No one expects their first mammogram to be a fantastic experience, then again, no one expects to have their first mammogram at the age of 33 either. There I was, at the women's center of Tri-City Memorial, in Oceanside. I was alone. My health theme it seems: "Alone again, naturally."  How did I find myself here? And how did I prepare myself for, what I will admit was truly, one of the most frightening experiences of my life....more

What The Jules Blogger In Residency: Hipster Alice, Day 27 HAWMC

With that in mind, I am focusing my "Top 5 Challenges & Small Victories " on health (both physical and mental) as that is what I've written about in my blog. 5 Challenges1. Living with Chronic Illnessesa.) Crohn's, fibromyalgia, depression and ptsd (See how indecisive I am? I couldn't just pick one illness/disease! Ha!) b.) taking medications: side effects contribute to my fatigue/make me so sleepy and feel like a zombie 2....more

#HAWMC Day 27 5 Challenges. 5 Small Victories.

5 Challenges. 5 Small Victories. Make a list of the 5 most difficult parts of your health focus. Make another top 5 list for the little, good things (small victories) that keep you going. When you are Chronically Awesome, every day is filled with challenges and victories. The things I find as challenges may be, to you somewhat simple. What I see as a victory may be an ordinary event. Not always. Sometimes I pull off some pretty amazing stuff, things that even a totally well woman can't pull off....more

My post for #HAWMC Day 12: Stream of Consciousness Day

Stream of Consciousness DayToday’s post is about what’s going on in your head in this exact moment.Here's the thing: I am a Bipolar chick with Lupus that is medicated for pain, you DO NOT want to know what is going on in my head at any exact moment. Seriously.I used to try to explain to people "Here is how I got here" when I bring something up in a conversation. ...more

I write about my health because… #HAWMC Day 4

I have been participating in the WEGOHealth: Health Activist Writers Month Challenge. This is my post for day 4 of the challenge. You can keep up with all of my postings at www.whatthejules.com  When asked why I write about my health, I turned first to my "About" page on my own website. The first paragraph says: ...more

Blogging Challenge

Hello My Friends!I just wanted to tell you about a new activity I'll be doing this April. The Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge hosted by WEGO Health. I will be writing a post a day for all 30 days. I hope you'll join me in writing every day about health. It's going to be a lot of fun and I'd love to see what you have to say about each of the topics, too. All you have to do to join is sign up here: http://info.wegohealth.com/HAWMC2012and you'll be able to start posting once April rolls around. ...more

Dear Future Jules,

Dear Jules,I am sitting here on a beautiful spring afternoon. The dogs are chasing the housekeeping ladies around, and they are chatting madly back at the pups in Spanish. All of the windows are open, and even though it was raining and cold all weekend, it is stunning outside. I am still in my yoga pants, tank top and a hoodie. I won't get dressed until the ladies are done cleaning and can help me with my personal needs for the day. ...more

My Special Morning Sickness: Anxiety

Every muscle in my body is tight. One knot on top of the other binding together. I swallow hard until my throat feels like it's forcing down a softball. Curled up on my side, my eyes are squeezed shut.Maybe if I change position I will be able to breathe. I have to do this quickly, no slow movement will be successful.I heave myself over from my left side to my right, while simultaneously gasping for air.That didn't help....more
@julianna12369 new book coming soon Mind Over Medicine: A Common Man's Guide To Managing Bipolar ...more