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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

An Intimate Evening

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the … Continue reading

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My Favorite Reads of the Year

I read about 150 books this year, which is easy to do if you love reading and are disabled! What follows are a few of my favorite reads of the year, and are not necessarily published in 2017: Susanna Owens … Continue reading

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More Trouble for Tyler

Thankfully Tyler is on winter break and if anyone deserves the time off it’s him. There have been more incidents of bullying and a couple of times of Tyler expressing the wish to kill himself. One that sticks in mind … Continue reading

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So Someone Beat Up My Kid

Yesterday I got a call from school telling me to pick Tyler up because he was beaten up on the playground. We’ve had a rough month with him. The first event was that some girls beat him up after he … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free: One Year Anniversary

When I found out from my doctor that I had Celiac disease I shocked him by being really happy!  I had been sick for well over a year, too nauseated to function on most days. After test after test, including … Continue reading

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It Only Takes One

October 10th was World Mental Health Day and no surprise, I was too depressed to write anything inspiring about it. But the next day I received an email from someone who reminded me that one conversation, one honest way of … Continue reading

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To My Son on His 11th Birthday

Dear Tyler, This birthday post comes a couple of days late because you have been sick all week. We took you to the doctor yesterday and you were diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. You’ve been out of school … Continue reading

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What is Dysthymia?

Dysthymia is also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder. A person is diagnosed with dysthymia after having a continuous depression of more than two to three years. People with dysthymia may not remember a time when they felt joy in their … Continue reading

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TBT: My Biggest Champion

Inspired by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. Prompt # 1. Throwback Thursday: Share an old photo and let it inspire your blog post. This picture and post of Tyler and I come from July of 2011, when Tyler was four and a … Continue reading

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A Spoonie Gone Too Soon

Monday night we in the Spoonie community lost a young woman who personified joy and compassion. Twenty-eight year old Gwendolyn Weidman choked to death while eating dinner. Gwen suffered from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and  Dysautonomia One of the symptoms of her illnesses … Continue reading

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