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There was a time I believed life was over for me…

Yesterday was Rheumatic Disease Awareness Day, #rheumday, sponsored by The Rheumatic Patient Association.

over for me


Even though I’m very public with my health status, because my diseases are invisible, many people are not aware of my struggles.  Rheumatoid arthritis is something I’ve been living with since I was a teen even though my ‘official’ diagnosis was relatively recent.  After the birth of my second son, my health really crashed and I started seeing a lot of doctors.  All I really knew for certain was I used to shoe horses, move tons of hay, exercise regularly, and I’d hit a brick wall.  Anything more than a mellow walk sent me into disabling migraines.  I’d been a member of my local Y for several years but I was reduced to a gentle walk on the treadmill.  When I got my lupus diagnosis, I thought that was it.  I was never going to get off that treadmill, and life as I knew it, was over for me.

Fast forward 5 years later and my health is in a much better place through medication, lifestyle changes, and effort.  I now work at the Y that supported me through that dark time.  I’m really proud to work at the Y that helped me get my health back.  Teaching deep water aerobics yesterday, I played this song called Chico Gospel by MaMuse.  It’s a personal song for me since I first heard it when I was getting back on my feet.

There was a time I believed
Life was over for me
There was time I believed
My life was over
I feel strong today
Thanks to your help
I’ll find my way and
I too will lend you a hand
When you need one…

I am proud to work at the Y.  Because of them I am walking on this earth stronger than ever!

Find a Y near you.  They’ve got a dedicated team, many of whom have their own stories of recovery.  

If you live in Pinellas County and want to join me or another staff member at the Jim & Heather Gills Y, check their website, HERE.

Live is not over for you either!


Support an Indie band by buying music off their website from CD baby.  Listen to this song, Chico Gospel, off the album All the Way on MaMuse’s website.

There’s no P in our OOL

There’s no P in our OOL

I’m so excited to announce the publication of my first book, There’s no P in our OOL, Using yoga philosophy to transform your aqua yoga practice.     This clear, concise book walks you through the philosophy of the yoga yamas and niyamas and how you can apply them to your life and aqua yoga… Continue Reading

Building Resilience in Spite of Vacillation

Over the last several years I’ve done a lot of reading on chronic disease management and resilience.  The goal of all that reading is to gain better tools for how to deal with the mental aspects of my health problems.  Being diagnosed with an incurable disease that only seems to get worse despite ones best… Continue Reading

Welcome to my story Thanks for taking a moment to join me. In my first career, I was a farrier.  That’s a very physically demanding job and I’d heard from somewhere that yoga was good for your back.  I thought it would help counteract the constant hunchback position of my job so I signed up… Continue Reading

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