Category: Anxiety

When Christmas Makes You Sad

Christmas is something I really look forward to these days! But it wasn’t always that way. For many years I felt a sense of dread and despair whenever I even thought about family occasions like Christmas Day. If Christmas is a joyful time for you, that’s wonderful! I’m sharing the poem, below, to give you …

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Do Not Worry (Matt 6:34)

As Christmas approaches, I’m finding myself getting anxious: Worried about not finishing everything on my to do list. Worried about what presents to get people. Worried about family members who won’t be able to join in the festivities, due to geographical distance. Worried about family members who will be together at Christmas; wondering how they’ll …

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Anxiety – Goal Setting #1

This mini-series isn't about how to set goals; it's about how frustrating and confusing goal setting can be. So if you cringed at the very mention of goal setting in the title, you can now release those butterflies from your belly and read this post in peace!

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Waiting – How to Stand “Strong”

I’ve been doing a lot of waiting lately… Waiting for the next doctor’s appointment. Waiting on pathology results. Waiting to see if new treatments will work. Most days I’m ok with the waiting. But occasionally a wave of “what-ifs” makes me wobble and topple into a teary heap. Even when we’re trying our best to …

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Hope #1 – When Hope Hurts (2 Cor 1:8-10)

Last month I met with a new specialist. What a turbulent time it’s been! We’ve embarked on a new treatment path – possibly a dwindling dead end; possibly a tree-lined avenue with heady horizons of restored health. New insights have been offered. New tests have been ordered. New treatments are being trialed – which may …

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The Terrible Trio of Grief (Psalm 23)

Depression and anxiety often to go hand-in-hand with grief, particularly in the early days after diagnosis (or other traumatic life event). It's normal to experience depression when we're grieving...I've lost so much! Who am I now?? I'm such a burden...

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