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Chronically Mommy Is Returning Very Soon...

Chronically Mommy is returning very soon. My blog is currently under construction. I am doing some minor renovating and will begin blogging for the New Year, possibly before. I can't wait to start up again. I have missed all of my followers! I love every single one of you! You have helped me to become who I am today! I could never have continued my blog without all of your support. Please be patient, and please continue to support this blog as well as my other blog Now Read My HIPS! Pass this information on to anyone that you know may be interested in knowing...To be continued...

Being Chronically Mommy...

Welcome to the second in my chronic pain blog series. My first was my most well-known about my life struggle, balance, etc. with chronic pain and illness in "I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous!" It is now titled "Now Read My HIPS!" and the focus has changed a bit to be more about how I am a woman with several joint diseases and conditions with a shoulder replacement and two hip replacements and am belly dancing! Visit Now Read My HIPS! to follow that entertaining, fun journey (alreadygavertarm2bambidextrous.blogspot.com). I also have a Blog Talk Radio Show with the same title about chronic pain and healing.

This blog is a little bit different. It has been focusing on my being a mommy and having a chronic illness. I have been and will continue to focus on health and pain info as well that I once wrote about in Now Read My HIPS! I think it is important to separate this from the rest of my life. It is not easy to have a chronic illness, but adding a child to the mix certainly has its share of trying times as well as beautiful, unforgettable moments.


I am so grateful for our little boy Mick. I can't believe that he is 6 years old as of December of 2016. Time has flown by! He is a dream come true. He has completed my confusing, complicated life. In a very huge way, he has made my life a lot more worth living. Although I have a wonderful husband, we always wanted a family, and I feel like we are now complete and happy. I have something to wake up to, and I have something to live for~Mick! It really is it's own microcosm of my life~Being Chronically Mommy!


...Being Chronically Mommy!

...Being Chronically Mommy!
...Being Chronically Mommy!

Baby Ticker

 Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker
Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I've never done before.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these daya are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Families are Forever

Blog with Integrity

BlogWithIntegrity.com
First of all, I have my blogger name as Dana Morningstar. ""Morning Star" is actually the meaning of my first name "Dana."  A morning star is strong and bright! I think the name is very appropriate for my struggles with pain, disability and fatigue.  I have my Bachelor's degree in Nursing, and worked as a Diabetes Educator until my hip replacement in 2003.  I now dedicate my life to helping others with chronic pain and disability. I was the co-chair for the Young Professionals Group with the Georgia Chapter Arthritis Foundation, and I will soon be starting a support group in the Atlanta area after my training with Arthritis Introspectives. I blog about my journey with pain and getting a shoulder and hip replacements. I am part of several social networks where most of my friends have chronic pain, disability and fatigue like I do.

I have been asked to write my personal story for a pain website for patients-- www.painaction.com.  I wrote my Personal Story that was in the back pain and neuropathic pain areas.  The goal of the site was to encourage users to become better self-managers of their pain conditions.  The site was developed with funding from 4 grants from the National Institutes of Health.  At the time, it focused on back pain, neuropathic pain, and migraine pain. Within a few months of my article, the site received funding so it could add content on Arthritic pain. The website receives unrestricted educational grants from pharmaceutical companies to keep the site going.  They have no influence over the content, and it is totally non-branded and non-commercial.  

I had finished my training with IAAM (International Arthritis Autoimmune Arthritis Movement), and I had begun my volunteer work with them online. I have been in the process of training with AI (Arthritis Introspectives). My goal is to be able to make the young adult arthritis group in Atlanta able to reach all the needs of the young adults in the area. I want to have a support group (after the AI training is complete) and work with a mentorship program with children with autoimmune arthritis and young adults to help them to transition from being a kid into adult life easier. Also, I would like to work on education, as well as being a resource for young adults and children with autoimmune arthritis. I am so excited about all of this and can't wait to see how it all turns out and fits together.

The Arthritis Foundation Georgia Chapter suggested that I should be contacted  for a story about men and women with various arthritis ailments and how they function day-to-day with their conditions. This is for Arthritis Health Monitor, a patient education publication that is distributed in doctor's offices.

You can read the article online: Health Monitor

I also was contacted by the Arthritis Foundation National Office to make thank you videos as a patient advocate to all those who sent in their Everyday RA Victories. People shared everyday victories at everydayravictories.com

Coming this fall...you will see my son and myself in another Arthritis Foundation video. You will have to wait and see!!! I know you will just love it. It is worth the wait!

Please listen to my Blog Talk Radio Show with the same title: I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous! Now my show is Chronically Mommy and Now Read My HIPS!http://www.blogtalkradio.com/danamorningstar



Listen to internet radio with Dana Morningstar on Blog Talk Radio

All of this from my itty bitty little blog!
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