Introduction

This is the voice of what I believe to be one strong, and very courageous young woman. As a “partner” living with a disability, I can relate to her struggles in many ways. She has a gift for writing, and honestly sharing her story with others.

The Wheelchair Teen

Curious to know what life is like as a teenager in a wheelchair?

When I go outside, most of the people in wheelchairs that I see are either elderly or adults, and there don’t seem to be many blogs out there on the internet about how experiencing normal teen issues like puberty and school can be like for someone who is in a wheelchair. Therefore, The Wheelchair Teen is about my life as a black, disabled teenager growing up in a foreign country surrounded by predominantly able-bodied people. (For those who don’t know, ‘able-bodied’ is a term that refers to everyone who isn’t disabled) I hope I will be able to provide a new, unique perspective of teen life to a lot of people, but I also hope other wheelchair teens will be able to relate to some of the issues I’ve noticed and the personal experiences I will be…

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Letting Go

The art of letting go....like this coloring page, it is a work in progress Let Go and Let God. Let Him take over your life and run it. He knows how.Norman Vincent Peale One of my favorite sayings of all time has been this one, primarily because it was one my mother used frequently. I … Continue reading Letting Go

Coping

April 15, 2020 On March 27th of this year, in response to the current COVID-19 PANDEMIC we are currently experiencing in our world,  Governor Tim Walz, and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, of our great state of Minnesota, announced a “Shelter in Place Order” which was to be in effect until April 10th.  We were not … Continue reading Coping

Holy Week Online

I just sent this to my mother and step-father who are in “lockdown” in their Sr. Living Facility. Going to mass often, especially on Sundays has been important to each of them their entire lives. During this terribly difficult time of isolation from family, friends, church, and the outside world, I pray this will be a blessing to them, and all who are seeking a way to still experience the upcoming Holy Week.
May God bless each of you!!

Mary K. Doyle

We are approaching a most unusual Holy Week in the U.S. Typically, many of us regular church-goers would spend an extra day if not Thursday, Friday, and Saturday or Sunday in church. This will not happen this year as most churches, including mine, are closed due to COVID-19.

One of my favorite Masses is the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the commemoration of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his crucifixion and the establishment of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. It also is recognized as the institution of the priesthood.

The following photo is of the Upper Room in Jerusalem where we remember this event. The Upper Room was also where the Holy Spirit alighted upon the apostles after Pentecost. The current building is not the original but erected on the site of what is believed to be the correct location.

The celebration of Jesus’…

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From Spouse to Caregiver

Thank you Stacy and Mary for sharing this beautiful interview. I am encouraged by the strength and courage of you both in navigating your journeys with this dreadful disease.

Stacy Monson, Author & Speaker

Alzheimer’s Disease is insidious, not a respecter of intelligence, income, skills or abilities, or even age. It tends to strike those in their later years but has been diagnosed in people in their thirties. While we don’t yet understand exactly who will develop it, or how the process will look for each person, we’ve learned that this journey is best done in community. Facing the diagnosis is frightening for both the person and those who love them, and there’s no way to predict how it will go. The best thing we can do is love and support each other whether they are the afflicted or the caregiver.

cropped-img_9146-copy-2I’m so pleased to share Mary K. Doyle’s ongoing story of living the Alzheimer’s journey with her husband. A woman of strong faith, Mary had to learn her limitations when it came to caregiving, and where to find joy in the everyday moments…

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Supposing

Excerpt from the beloved Winnie The Pooh book series by A.A. Milne Just before Thanksgiving of 2013, I made a decision to leave my newfound job and career which I thought was the perfect fit for me, one that would carry me through to retirement.  It was not a decision I made rashly or lightly, … Continue reading Supposing