Get the Word Out Wednesday #6-2015

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Get the Word Out Wednesday

Thank you for stopping by and please be sure to tell everyone you know (bloggers and readers) about the opportunity to spread the word.

It is has been another fun filled week here at The Zippy Zebra Household.  I have been reaching out to more chronic illness communities in hopes to “Get the Word Out” asking them to share their “Real Life Stories” for our Tuesday and Thursday series.  If you are interested in sharing your story please do so by emailing it to thezippyzebra@outlook.com or click here for more details on what we are looking for.

I have been speaking to some great women in the EDS community including a paranormal author Rebecca Howard-Patrick whose current series contains a protagonist with EDS. Her first book is available on Amazon at a discount right now Windwood FarmMysti Guymon-Reutlinger author of Journey to Health: A Holistic Approach to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  And a model, still working despite her EDS complications.  All have agreed to share their stories in our “Real Life Story” series and I can’t wait to begin sharing.  I am not certain when these will be posted due to time constraints and deadlines everyone has but I have been promised they will share.  I want to be honest and share in advance I have not had to opportunity to read either of the books above as I just discovered them recently BUT I have ordered both and can’t wait to begin the next time I have a little room to breathe.

If you or someone you know is an author, blogger, video person or has a story to share please send them our email and ask them to share with us. thezippyzebra@outlook.com

I also began a “Closed” facebook group for encouraging those of us who find it difficult to do the everyday things in life (dishes, getting out of bed, laundry, dinner), etc… Check the details out at  “Celebrating Each Day, Each Project, Each Accomplishment at a time.”   You can request to join here.   It is to offer encouragement to each other as we make plans for the day and try to complete them.

We will be hosting a “Get the Word Out Wednesday” Link-up EVERY  Wednesday for blogs featuring articles that will help those with a chronic illness.Continue Reading the full Article…



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Easy Dishwasher Tab Storage

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DIshwasher Pac Storage

Store your dishwasher pacs on your counter in an accessible waterproof container.

This saves you the hassle and pain of bending and stretching to grab them from under the sink.

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This may seem like a simple idea but if you were raised anything like I was… you didn’t keep things like this on the counter.

That may be so but in my life with chronic back pain this one little trick has saved me tons of additional pain.

Maybe it will help you too.



Real Life Story – Marfans Journey #2

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My name is James Beal.  I was born in north Carolina in 1980.  I lived a normal childhood with little fear.

At night when I would go to bed I would always have the same strange dream.  I would dream I was sitting on the stairs looking out the window.  The Easter bunny would run by the window like someone was chasing him.  Then the devil would run by.  A few minutes later the devil would peek in the window,  hold up the rabbit ear and point at me.  At that moment I would wake up with severe chest pain unable to speak.  The doctors always said it was a heart murmur.

At 15 I was falling asleep in class, having severe chest pains, and unable to focus on anything.  I went to the Dr., but was told it was growing pains.  While running track one day, I had a heart attack and hit the ground.Continue Reading the full Article…



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Get The Word Out Wednesday #5-2015

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Get the Word Out Wednesday

Thank you for stopping by and please be sure to tell everyone you know (bloggers and readers) about the opportunity to spread the word.

It has been a busy time in “The Zippy Zebra” household.  My youngest began her new on-line (challenging) homeschool, curriculum, my oldest is still unable to walk much (even in our home) without the aid of her walker and is still unable to stand or sit for any length of time (we are petitioning for early graduation) , I began the new “Real Life” series here on the blog with plans to share a story every Tuesday and Thursday, as long as we continue to have submissions.  I, of course, have been battling my ever present migraine and back issues as well the other fun contributions of EDS.  I also began a “Closed” facebook group for encouraging those of us who find it difficult to do the everyday things in life (dishes, getting out of bed, laundry, dinner), etc…  We named it ” Celebrating Each Day, Each Project, Each Accomplishment at a time.  You can request to join here.  It is to offer encouragement to each other as we make plans for the day and try to complete them.

We will be hosting a “Get the Word Out Wednesday” Link-up EVERY  Wednesday for blogs featuring articles that will help those with a  chronic illness.

This linkup is not only for zebras but ANYONE with a chronic illness that has a personal story, help (allergen-free recipes, ideas), adaptation ideas, testimonial or anything that would be helpful or encouraging to others, (even sharing a day in your life).Continue Reading the full Article…



Real Life Stories-Marfan Journey #1

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     I’m the (now) single mother of four amazing babies; JD, Heaven, Starla, and Jasper.  I had very difficult pregnancies and three of my babies ended up being born early.

Channyn Marfan Story Baby Photo

      Despite my hard pregnancy, my second baby, Heaven held on the longest and was born right on time.  The only one, seemingly, born without complications.  At the time I found it odd that she was born with such long fingers.  When most mothers counted to make sure their baby had 10 fingers and toes, I counted to see if my baby had an extra knuckle!  I was reassured by doctors that she just had “piano playing” hands and would be just fine.

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Conquering The Dreaded Dishwasher

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Tips to Loading & Reloading The Dishwasher Photo 1

How many times have you looked at your dishwasher as a adversary rather than a kitchen aid?

Me?

EVERYDAY!

Today I hope to share a few of the shortcuts I have found to make using the dishwasher easier.

Loading/Unloading wrecks havoc on my shoulders and lower back while washing dishes by hand is comparable to torture so I have found a few tricks I to make it more bearable.Continue Reading the full Article…



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Letter From An Overprotective Mom

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Letter From An Overprotective Mom

To all you moms, teachers, nurses, school administrators, strangers, family and not so understanding friends, I write this for you.

YES, I am what society would deem an overprotective mom (and proud of it).

In our family I have to be “overprotective”, my children’s health and well-being depend on it.

You think that sounds overdramatic?

What would you do if your child had the life experience of any one of mine?Continue Reading the full Article…



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Get The Word Out Wednesday #4 2015

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Get the Word Out Wednesday

 

 

Thank you for stopping by and please be sure to tell everyone you know (bloggers and readers) about the opportunity to spread the word.

I am still looking for guest post or stories and would love to share more than my own experience.

We will be hosting a “Get the Word Out Wednesday” Link-up EVERY  Wednesday for blogs featuring articles that will help those with a  chronic illness.

This linkup is not only for zebras but ANYONE with a chronic illness that has a personal story, help (allergen-free recipes, ideas), adaptation ideas, testimonial or anything that would be helpful or encouraging to others, (even sharing a day in your life).Continue Reading the full Article…



Get The Word Out Wednesday #3 2105

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Get the Word Out Wednesday

Hey folks we ware late again (I have spent the last 2 nights at the ER or violently ill myself (migraines, gotta love’em).

Anyway after the brain fog cleared today I remembered I needed to post this so here it is.

I am taking a little time away from the blog but the link-ups will still be out every Wednesday.

Thank you for your patience.

Thank you for stopping by and please be sure to tell everyone you know (bloggers and readers) about the opportunity to spread the word.

I am still looking for guest post or stories and would love to share more than my own experience.Continue Reading the full Article…



Reader Input Wanted

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Reader Input Wanted

Yep, that is you!

Whether you are a first time reader or veteran Zippy Zebra friend we want to hear from you.

As I was working on the kitchen posts a discussion began about on-line shopping and delivery services available.

As the discussion spread it was pointed out that availability varies by location.

While, I know that I will not be able list EVERY available service I want to be able to list the main ones.Continue Reading the full Article…



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