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Us moms teach our kids to walk. It is very humbling to have them help us. Last year following my foot surgery my son not only pushed the wheelchair around but help me stand and walk on some days. Even now there are days when I don't physically need help, but I am a bit unstable and he wants to "spot me."
Part of me (the one with pride) wants to just say "no, I am FINE" but as a mom, I a, so grateful for his compassion and I know he needs to know the joy of helping someone, of even being aware of the need. What you are thoughts? Has your child ever helped you with an illness-related challenge? Did you feel a bit torn about it? -Lisa

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This is what you call LOVE. Truly beautiful.

This made me cry. If you ever have a moment when you struggle as a mom, wondering if you are doing it well enough, this may bring some tears to you too... but maybe a sigh of relief as well.

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This made me cry. If you ever have a moment when you struggle as a mom, wondering if you are doing it well enough, this may bring some tears to you too... but maybe a sigh of relief as well.

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A beautiful story about a boy who chose to stand alone and pray for his school… And then as I read I discovered his mom has a chronic illness and she often feels like she is doing less then she could/should be. A good reminder to us all that God has it in control even when we do not. #MomWithIllness #MomsWithIllness #ThisIsChronicIllness

The air on Facebook has felt a bit toxic to me lately. So, I announced I’d be taking a little hiatus. I needed some space between me and all the heated political discussions, the finger-pointing, a…
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Wow, truly an amazing blog post

Dear Future Child: I have a Chronic Illness. Since the beginning, it won’t be easy and sometimes we will be scared, but please, never stop believing in me.
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I think we need one of these for every room. #restministries #chronicillness #spoonies #spoonieswag

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If you are feeling like you are failing your children as a mom, this may encourage you. I noted that she says "my children would be dead if I homeschooled" joking. Well, yeah, that was my feeling about homeschooling too, but never assume you know what God has planned for your family. (Says a mom who said "Lord, whatever you ask of me DON'T let it be to homeschool, or start a business with my husband, or... " Um, yeah. Made God laugh!) -Lisa

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Nobody can be a better mother to your children than you. God hand-picked you for this kingdom assignment. But you can’t do motherhood alone in your own strength.... You will burn out. You can’t pour out unless you are first filled up. You need a vibrant connection to the Holy Spirit!

(To watch the full version of this #MomsOfMen session, start your free 10 day trial at MessengerStreaming.org)

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As my most physically challenging days ever turned into weeks... and then months... and now over a year, I have a "new normal" that is just a sliver of life 18 months ago. More than anything I worry how it is impacting my child's life and how he will remember our family's "normal". Feel free to share your own concerns, affirmations, encouragement in comments below. I know I am not alone in my emotions about this 💛 #illmommy #illmom #illparent #illdad

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If you have a young child this free book/PDF shares some of the challenges a mom with chronic illness can experience. It is short and easy to print out and share with your child in your lap. You must sign up at the website Teachers Pay Teachers, but it is free. Author says she hoped to "Assure her [cousin's child] that although some things have changed, she is still loved and cared for."

I created this book originally for my cousin who has a rare, severe skin condition that leaves her unable to do many of the things she used to do with her
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Finally some photos that represent the messes in our lives. Embrace the clutter!

"All the messes, tantrums, unadulterated joy, and more."
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To be honest, I love this article. And it gives me hope that if my son needs therapy someday as an adult because his mom was always tired... he will be in good company with thousands of other adults who grew up as children of chronically ill parents. #ChronicallyIllMom

"Can we be real for about two minutes?"

"Can we be real for about two minutes?"
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How does one "overcome" suffering? While we cannot always stop the pain we can choose to use it for the purpose WE desire rather than letting it have the power to define our experience. #invisibleillness #poweroverpain #ThisIsChronicIllness

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Hi, friends. Lisa here. I keep seeing little posts I would like to share but it has been so long since I have shared from the heart that I hesitate to post more frivolous things. I know summer is a very challenging time for many of us moms. The last 12 months has brought on a new level of disability and limitations for me and I'm struggling to just live and provide some sense of normalcy in my home. But I would love to keep being an occasional bright spot in your day and so decided to say hi and post this sweet video of a mama duck with her ducklings. Hugs to you.

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Hitching a ride!

In honor of all the mothers who are chronically ill. For those moms who climb up slide ladders and walk miles when they can barely stand. Who use every creative skill they have to create FUN daily for their children despite their own pain level. Who push strollers into doctors offices and have procedures without wincing in front of children who are given a phone for distraction.

We honor the chronically ill moms who get up at 6AM for parades and karate graduations and dance ...recitals. Who sew costumes and bake cookies and cut out Valentines when their hands barely can bend. Moms who explain illness and pain using Disney and Superhero characters to explain everything from autoimmune disease to treatments. To the moms who smile through it all.

Who give their children a life of joy. Who worry at 3AM there isn't enough joy. Moms who make meals they themselves cannot eat and learn the art of ordering items online with quick delivery. To moms who can throw a birthday party for 15 kids a day after chemotherapy and moms who get up each day and braid hair and tie shoes and get kids to school before coming home and collapsing.

Mom, you are amazing. You were never meant to raise a perfect child, but to give your child(den) the opportunity to live a life they imagined--with skills, determination, a good attitude, and compassion. Happy, happy Mother's Day. Embrace that you are doing okay. Most days only you will no how incredible you are. Occasionally you will feel like a failure, but it is not a race, nor a competition. Just be the best you you can be and your child will see it... If not today... Some day. ((Hugs))

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Wishing you a blessed Easter, living fully with the joy of salvation.

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How is everyone? I have been juggling homeschooling, but also my illness is in a new season. Struggling with pain levels and fatigue and disabilities. And yes, I am guilty of my iced coffee keeping me going! Anything specific on your heart you'd like to share and we can pray for you and encourage! -Lisa

Looking for a mom blog that has moms who can relate with chronic illness? Here is a new one that makes me smile about these 2 moms with rheumatoid arthritis. http://www.positivelyrheumatoid.com/about/