Happy Retirement, Mrs. Chaney (mom)!

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” -Herman Cain   In 1986 Miss Maria Rivera began her teaching career at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School. The 3rd grade teacher was a University of Kentucky Graduate with big brown eyes and an unforgettable smile. As a 22-year-old with a petite … Continue reading Happy Retirement, Mrs. Chaney (mom)!

My response to this advice: Stop writing about juice and start writing about Jesus.

“Stop writing about juice and start writing about Jesus!”   Her words stung. It’s been nearly a year since they were spoken to me and even so, they race through my mind often.   This advice came from a well respected friend, mature in her faith, whom I look up to. I know what she meant.. “Have no other gods or idols above the Lord! … Continue reading My response to this advice: Stop writing about juice and start writing about Jesus.

I Asked Him To Use Me… And He Is. 

The impending diagnosis of a friend, floods of sick people in My physical community and in my social media community, confusion from the enemy that is leading God’s children far away from Him and the heart shattering picture of a starving 4-year-old Kenyan who weighs a mere 9 pounds.   These are the situations, thoughts, and images weighing heavy on my heart this day.   … Continue reading I Asked Him To Use Me… And He Is. 

Don’t Give Up — Re-sharing words from three years ago

The post was originally shared in October of 2015, nearly one year into recovery from my pancreatectomy/auto islet cell transplant, a huge operation with a 3-5 year estimate for recovery to find a new normal in a permanently changed body. This was right at two years after my Whipple and all the hell that followed… pancreatitis that quickly turner chronic, 300+ days without eating a single … Continue reading Don’t Give Up — Re-sharing words from three years ago

Part II: How to treat + manage severe digestive disorders with diet // the pureed/liquid approach that saved me

In Part 1 of this series I shared a bit of my story of surviving pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis, major surgeries, gastroparesis, bowel dysmotility and what the recovery process has been/is still like for me. I also expanded on one approach which has probably helped me the MOST in managing and treating my severe digestive disorders. If you haven’t already, go back and read part … Continue reading Part II: How to treat + manage severe digestive disorders with diet // the pureed/liquid approach that saved me

How to treat + manage severe digestive disorders with diet // gastroparesis, Crohn’s, colitis, constipation, etc.

This is Part #1 of a multi-part series on healing and managing severe GI diseases with diet. Please keep in mind that every person is different and I am sharing MY unique experiences. I am not a doctor or healthcare practitioner and I cannot diagnose/treat anyone. Today’s post isn’t only applicable to those of us suffering with severe digestive disorders such as gastroparesis, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, … Continue reading How to treat + manage severe digestive disorders with diet // gastroparesis, Crohn’s, colitis, constipation, etc.

Awaken out of the grave: lessons from Lazarus, John 11

As I recently read the 11th chapter of John, my heart woke up to new truths. Though I’ve known the story of Lazarus since I was a small child, reading the words felt different this time. That’s one thing I love about God’s word: it’s timeless, and each time we read His words we extract something different and perfect for whatever we are facing that … Continue reading Awaken out of the grave: lessons from Lazarus, John 11