January Writing Prompts

The January Writing Prompts are hosted by Sheryl at A Chronic Voice. Be sure to check out her blog, the archives are choked full of information on Chronic Illnesses.


Here are the prompts:






I’m using Moving, Expecting, and Rebuilding.


After spending most of last year sick, sicker than normal, I’m ready to move forward. This month the Tardive Dyskinesia finally went away after 8-9 months. I don’t know if it ran its course or if all the prayers did the healing. My bottom teeth have some issues that require my dentist to look at. 


I’m always expecting a good day and if it doesn’t happen, I’ll expect it the next day. I only look back to learn from my experiences. The same goes for when I see a new doctor, stay positive until they dismiss you. I was dismissed by my last Rheumatologist before she even did the exam, she said I wouldn’t need to see her again. My husband and I thought she didn’t listen to anything I said. Then she diagnosed me with Sicca and didn’t even tell me or write me a prescription. I do keep expecting the good.


Due to my Immune Disorder, we’re still in full-blown Covid mode. I don’t feel comfortable eating out or being in large crowds, the only places I’ve been since Covid started are the doctor’s office and Starbucks drive-thru. That’s limiting and it makes me yearn for my younger years before illnesses. I work hard to be thankful for what I have and acknowledge staying indoors will end. I bought a bike for my Christmas but balance problems and dizziness prevent me from enjoying the good days. I’m working to rebuild a life, a fullfilling life. 



  1. Hello Melinda
    I love this phrase:
    “I’m always expecting a good day and if it doesn’t happen, I’ll expect it the next day. I only look back to learn from my experiences.”

    I’m sometimes guilty of wallowing and am a pessimist by nature, so am going to take this approach more! Great to read your updates again this month

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  2. I’m so glad to know the TD has gone away Mel. That must have been tough to deal with. I hope you’re able to find some ways to get out more, but I know it’s not easy with the balance problems and dizziness. And I don’t know how chilly it is down your way, but up here it’s a little too cold for me to enjoy being outside…. I’ll be praying for you sweet friend.

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    1. We’ve warmed up to 80 yesterday but a small cold front is coming in. Until I stop running into walls or having massive dizzy spells, I’m sitting in my chair. The day will come, and I know too well that not all that was will not return. I’ll take all the prayers I can get!


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