For Dad

My father was many things to many people, but to me he was just daddy. And he was my hero.

This Father’s Day is quite poignant for me, as I lost my father two weeks ago now. The last words he said to me just a few days before that were, “Happy Birthday,” and then he drifted off to sleep for a few days. While his passing was expected given the 7 months he spent in hospice care, the loss did not hurt any less. So today, Father’s Day, I will spend quietly mourning the loss of my dad, remembering all the great times we had, and celebrating my husband for the father he is to our two kids.

Dad didn’t want a funeral or a fuss. We had a small memorial to honor him, and so the family could come together and share stories. My oldest brother gave the service and led us in songs. My older brother put together a slide show of a lifetime of memories. And I gave the eulogy. Afterwards we had a wonderful meal and there I was, taking dad’s place, and giving a toast.

Dad’s eulogy was the hardest thing I have ever sat down to write. It was even harder to give. But today, I want to share it.

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Gift Ideas for a Healthy Dad

June is Men’s Health Month so here are some gift ideas to keep those men in your life healthy.

In case you haven’t stopped in before, I typically write about life with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and strategies for coping with it naturally. As June is Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day is coming up, I wanted to offer some gift ideas for keeping the men in your life – dad, husband, brother, friend – healthy and happy.

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Men’s Health

Men typically live 5 years fewer than women.

Men are more likely to have heart disease than women.

Men are more likely to use tobacco and drink.

And men make up less than 10% of the millions of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Continue reading “Gift Ideas for a Healthy Dad”