Why I must continue

For the past year I’ve written about #OneGoodThing every single day. It wasn’t easy; it was a great challenge — both in daily writing and in positive thinking. There were plenty of nights that I turned to Mama and said ‘what the hell should I write about today?’ And then there were days when I…

366 Days of #OneGoodThing

If you asked me to tell you 366 good things that happened in my life this year, I’d be at a total loss. It was a crap year in a lot of ways. Physically, I felt like shit every single day. That’s right. Every. Single. Day. It turned out that I have a chronic autoimmune disease.…

Remembering Mema

Twenty years ago today, my beloved grandmother Mema passed away. We were very close and used to spend long summer days together at the swimming pool in her mobile home complex, only coming inside to eat and continue our ongoing double solitaire match. I loved spending time with her and snuggling against her. I was…

Birthday at the beach

The Nosy Parker family celebrated my birthday at the beach today. We used to live near the beach in Santa Cruz. We’d stop by all the time, on the way home from errands or work, to go for a walk, or just to enjoy a cup of coffee. The sounds of the waves crashing mixed…

Relief and hope

Relief flooded through me this afternoon as I finished up this week’s phone appointment with my doctor. It was probably the best appointment I’d had in months — not because I’m feeling better, but because I was actually heard, taken seriously and respected. I have a rare disease called Autoimmune Pernicious Anemia; my doctor even…

Not to brag…

I’ll be honest; today was a mostly shitty day. I spent much of it fighting, I mean advocating, for proper treatment of my chronic health condition. My Autoimmune Pernicious Anemia means my body will require Vitamin B12 injections for the rest of my life in order to live; the question is the frequency. Anyway, I made progress…

A childhood favorite

The Nosy Parker family is Jewish and therefore we don’t celebrate Easter. But I’ve always been a chocolate addict so I’m a fan. Since I was a kid, my favorite Easter treat has always been the classic Cadbury creme egg! Every year I treat myself to one or two. They just bring me back to…